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Matthew 17:1-8 The Passion Translation (TPT)

Jesus’ Glorious Transfiguration

17 Six days later Jesus took Peter and the two brothers, Jacob and John, and hiked up a high mountain to be alone. Then Jesus’ appearance was dramatically altered. A radiant light as bright as the sun poured from his face. And his clothing became luminescent—dazzling like lightning.[a] He was transfigured[b] before their very eyes. Then suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared,[c] and they spoke with Jesus.

Peter blurted out, “Lord, it’s so wonderful that we are all here together! If you want, I’ll construct three shrines,[d] one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”[e]

But while Peter was still speaking, a bright radiant cloud spread over them, enveloping them all.[f] And God’s voice suddenly spoke from the cloud, saying, “This is my dearly loved Son, the constant focus of my delight.[g] Listen to him!”[h]

The three disciples were dazed[i] and terrified by this phenomenon, and they fell facedown to the ground. But Jesus walked over and touched them, saying, “Get up and stop being afraid.” When they finally opened their eyes and looked around, they saw no one else there but Jesus.[j]


  1. 17:2 Or “white as light.”
  2. 17:2 Moses also went up Sinai’s mountain and received an impartation of glory. His face shone and had to be veiled. The transfiguration of Jesus is also part of our destiny, for the same Greek word is used twice for believers being transfigured by the renewing of our minds and by the glory of Christ within us that will complete our transformation into Christ’s image. See Rom. 12:2; 2 Cor. 3:18.
  3. 17:3 Moses represented the Law and Elijah represented the Prophets. Both Moses and Elijah were associated with Mount Sinai (Horeb), both had a ministry of performing astounding miracles, and both had unusual circumstances surrounding their passing from this life into glory.
  4. 17:4 Or “tabernacles,” which speaks of the booths made to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.
  5. 17:4 The Hebrew Matthew adds this line: “because he [Peter] did not know what he was saying.”
  6. 17:5 See Acts 5:15. The Greek word translated “overshadow” is episkiazo, which is used exclusively for the power of the Almighty “overshadowing,” such as Mary, who conceived Jesus supernaturally by God. See also Mark 9:7; Luke 1:35. This was not a natural shadow created by the light of the sun, but the supernatural overshadowing of God’s power. Jesus will appear again in these clouds of glory. See Matt. 16:27; 24:30; 26:64.
  7. 17:5 Or “He is the one on whom my favor rests.”
  8. 17:5 Or “You must constantly listen to him.” See Ps. 2:7; Isa. 42:1.
  9. 17:6 Implied by the Hebrew Matthew, which can be translated “They were asleep and not asleep; they were awake but not awake.”
  10. 17:8 The Greek is quite emphatic: “They saw only him, and him alone.”
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