GENEVA BIBLE 1599
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1 And (*) (1) (a) (♣) after six days, Jesus took Peter and James, and John his brother, and brought them up into an high mountain apart,
(*) Mark 9:2; Luke 9:28 .
Christ is in such sort humble in the Gospel, that in the mean season he is Lord
both of heaven and earth.
(a) Luke reckoneth eight days, containing in that number the first and the last, and Matthew speaketh but of them that were between them.
(♣) Or, the sixth day after.
2 And was (b) (*) transfigured before them; and his face did shine as the sun, and his clothes were as white as the light.
(b) Changed into another hue.
(*) Christ shewed them hi glory, that they might not think that he suffered through infirmity, but that he offered up himself willingly to die.
3 And behold, there appeared (*) unto them Moses, and Elijah, talking with him.
(*) By these two witnesses are represented the Law and the Prophets, which lead us to Christ.
4 Then answered Peter, and said to Jesus, Master, it is (*) good for us to be here; if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles, one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.
(*) After Moses’ and Elijah’s departure Peter fearing he should lose that joyful sight, speaketh as a man distracted and would have lodged them in earthly houses, which were received in glory.
5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud shadowed them, and behold, there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, (*) This is (c) that my beloved Son, (♣) in whom I am well pleased; (♠) hear him.
(*) Matthew 3:17; 2 Peter 1:17 .
(c) The article or the word, That, severeth Christ from other children. For he is God's natural Son, we by adoption; therefore he is called the first begotten among the brethren, because that although he be of right the only Son, yet is he chief among many, in that he is the fountain and head of the adoption.
(♣) We are reconciled to God by Christ only.
(♠) Christ is our chief and only schoolmaster.
6 And when the disciples heard that, they (d) (*) fell on their faces, and were sore afraid.
(d) Fell down flat on their faces and worshipped him, as in Matthew 2:11 .
(*) And so worshipped Christ.
7 Then Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid.
8 And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.
9 ¶ And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Shew the (e) vision to no man, (*) until the Son of man rise again from the dead.
(e) Which they saw otherwise the word, used in this place is properly spoken of that which is seen in a dream.
(*) For men would not have believed them, before that Christ had made his glory more manifest by his resurrection.
10 (*) And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the Scribes that (♣) Elijah must first come?
(*) Mark 9:11-12 .
(♣) Malachi 4:5; Matthew 11:14 .
11 And Jesus answered, and said unto them, Certainly Elijah must first come, and restore all things.
12 But I say unto you, that Elijah is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they would. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.
13 Then the disciples perceived that he spake unto them of John Baptist.
14 ¶ (*) (2) And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, and (f) kneeled down to him,
(*) Mark 9:14; Luke 9:38 .
Men are unworthy of Christ his goodness, yet notwithstanding he regardeth them.
(f) As men that make supplications used to do.
15 And said, Master, have pity on my son, for he is (g) lunatic, and is sore vexed, for oft times he falleth into the fire, and oft times into the water.
(g) They that at certain times of the moon are troubled with the falling sickness, or any other kind of disease; but in this place, we must so take it, that besides the natural disease, he had a devilish frenzy.
16 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not heal him.
17 Then Jesus answered, and said, (*) O generation faithless, and crooked, how long now shall I be with you! How long now shall I suffer you! Bring him hither to me.
(*) He speaketh chiefly to the Scribes, who began to brag, as if they had now gotten the victory over Christ because his disciples were not able to do this miracle.
18 And Jesus rebuked the devil, and he went out of him, and the child was healed at that hour.
19 (3) Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
(3) Incredulity and distrust hinder and break the course of God's benefits.
20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief; for (*) verily I say unto you, if ye have faith as much as is a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, (♣) Remove hence to yonder place, and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
(*) Luke 17:6 .
(♣) By this manner of speech is signified, that they should do things by their faith that should seem impossible.
21 (4) Howbeit this kind goeth not out, but by (h) (*) prayer and fasting.
The remedy against distrust.
(h) To give us to one understand and the watchfulness and diligence of earnest prayer, which cannot be without sobriety.
(*) The best remedy to strengthen the weak faith is prayer, which hath fasting added to it, as a help to the same.
22 ¶ (5) And as (♣) they (*) abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men,
(5) Our minds must be prepared more and more against the offence of the cross.
(♣) Or, were conversant, or returned into Galilee.
(*) Matthew 20:17; Mark 9:31; Luke 9:44; Luke 24:7 .
23 And they shall kill him, but the third day shall he rise again. And they were very sorry.
24 ¶ (6) And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received (*) poll money, came to Peter, and said, Doeth (i) not your Master (k) pay (l) tribute?
(6) In that which Christ doeth willingly obey Caesar's edicts, he sheweth that civil policy is not taken away by the Gospel.
The Greek word is (didrachma) which was of value about 10 pence of old sterling
money, and the Israelites paid it once by the Law, Exodus 30:13, and at this
time they paid it to the Romans.
(i) He denieth not, but he asketh.
(k) Ought he not to pay?
(l) They that were from twenty years of age to fifty, paid half a sicel of the Sanctuary, Exodus 30:13 . This was an Attic didrachma which the Romans exacted, after they had subdued Judea.
25 He said, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? Of whom do the Kings of the earth take tribute, or poll money? Of their (m) children, or of strangers?
(m) By children we must not understand subjects which pay tribute, but natural children.
26 Peter said unto him, Of strangers. Then said Jesus unto him, Then are the children free.
27 Nevertheless, lest we should (*) offend them, go to the sea, and cast in an angle, and take the first fish that cometh up, and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a (n) (♣) piece of twenty pence, that take, and give it unto them for me and thee.
(*) Or give occasion to forsake the truth.
(n) The word here used, is stater, which is in value four didrachmas; every drachma is about five pence.
(♣) The word is (Statera) which containeth two didrachmas, and is valued about 5 groats of old sterling.
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