Mark 9:2-13

The Transfiguration

2 1And after six days Jesus took with him 2Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was 3transfigured before them,
3 and 4his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one[a] on earth could bleach them.
4 And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus.
5 And Peter said to Jesus, 5"Rabbi,[b] it is good that we are here. Let us make three 6tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah."
6 For 7he did not know what to say, for they were terrified.
7 And 8a cloud overshadowed them, and 9a voice came out of the cloud, 10"This is my beloved Son;[c]11listen to him."
8 And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only.
9 12And as they were coming down the mountain, 13he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, 14until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
10 15So they kept the matter to themselves, 16questioning what this rising from the dead might mean.
11 And they asked him, "Why do the scribes say 17that first Elijah must come?"
12 And he said to them, "Elijah does come first 18to restore all things. And 19how is it written of the Son of Man that he should 20suffer many things and 21be treated with contempt?
13 But I tell you that Elijah has come, and 22they did to him whatever they pleased, as it is written of him."

Mark 9:2-13 In-Context

1 And he said to them, "Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power."
2 And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them,
3 and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them.
4 And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus.
5 And Peter said to Jesus, "Rabbi, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah."
6 For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified.
7 And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, "This is my beloved Son;listen to him."
8 And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only.
9 And as they were coming down the mountain, he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
10 So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what this rising from the dead might mean.
11 And they asked him, "Why do the scribes say that first Elijah must come?"
12 And he said to them, "Elijah does come first to restore all things. And how is it written of the Son of Man that he should suffer many things and be treated with contempt?
13 But I tell you that Elijah has come, and they did to him whatever they pleased, as it is written of him."
14 And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and scribes arguing with them.
15 And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed and ran up to him and greeted him.
16 And he asked them, "What are you arguing about with them?"

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Cross References 22

  • 1. For ver. 2-8, see Matthew 17:1-8; Luke 9:28-36
  • 2. Mark 5:37; Mark 14:33
  • 3. [2 Corinthians 3:18(Gk.)]
  • 4. Daniel 7:9; [Psalms 104:2; Matthew 28:3]
  • 5. See John 1:38
  • 6. [Nehemiah 8:15]
  • 7. [Mark 14:40; Luke 9:33]
  • 8. 2 Peter 1:17; [Exodus 24:15, 16]
  • 9. 2 Peter 1:17; [Exodus 24:15, 16]
  • 10. Mark 12:6; See Matthew 3:17
  • 11. Acts 3:22
  • 12. For ver. 9-13, see Matthew 17:9-13
  • 13. Mark 5:43; See Matthew 8:4
  • 14. Mark 8:31
  • 15. Luke 9:36
  • 16. [John 16:17]
  • 17. See Matthew 11:14
  • 18. Malachi 4:6; Luke 1:16, 17; [Acts 1:6; Acts 3:21]
  • 19. Psalms 22:6, 7; Isaiah 53:2, 3; Daniel 9:26; Zechariah 13:7; [Philippians 2:7]; See Matthew 26:24
  • 20. See Mark 8:31
  • 21. Luke 23:11; Acts 4:11
  • 22. Mark 6:17, 27

Footnotes 3

  • [a]. Greek no cloth refiner
  • [b]. Rabbi means my teacher, or my master
  • [c]. Or my Son, my (or the) Beloved
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