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C H A P. XVII.
I A Nd after six days, Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,
2 And was transfigured before them, and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.
3 And behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.
I. Bout a week after
to give his Disciples some small Representation of his future Glory, went up privately into a Mountain, and took with him Peter and James and john. 2. And as he was praying in the presence of these Disciples, he was changed into the appearance of a glorified Body; so that his Face did shine as the brightness of the Sun, and his Cloathes became white and glistering as the Light. 3. And at the same time there appeared two other Persons, in a glorious form likewise, namely Moses and Elias 5 and they talked with Jesus concerning the things that he was to suffer, and of the Glory which was afterwards to follow. O 4 4. All
5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold, a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my be: loved Son, in whom I am well pleased ; ear ye him: 6 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were fore afraid,
7 And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid.
8 And when they had lift up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.
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9 And as they
came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, sayr ing, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead.
chosen to reveal my Will to Mankind; Be not desirous of Visions and extraordinary Appearances; but as ye have hitherto followed Moses and the Prophets, so from henceforward hear and obey Him. 6. The Disciples, astonished at the Greatness and Majesty of this Divine Voice, fell down upon their Faces to the Ground, and were greatly affrighted. - But Jesus came to them, and taking them up, comforted them, and bid them not be afraid. 8. And when they came to themselves, they saw Jesus alone, and in his usual form, as he was before the Vision appeared. 9. Then they came down from the Hill ; and as they were in the way, Jesus, knowing that the World was not yet capable of understanding the design and meaning of this glorious Appearance , commanded his Disciples not to report it abróad till after his Resurrection. ic, AC
Elias has indeed appeared accordingly 3 only the Jews did not receive and acknowledge him, but he was persecuted and slain ; and in like manner will they deal also with Christ himself. 13. Then, they understood, that john the Baptist was that Elias, whom the Prophet foretold should be the Fore-runner of the Mes: sias. 14. W Now when Jesus returned to the rest of his Disciples, whom he had not taken with him up into the Mount, but had left them below with the Multitude 3 there met him a Man, who fell down before him, and said; 15. Lord, have pity upon my Son 5 for he is tormented with a Devil, and is Lunatick, and hath the Falling Sickness; so that he can: not keep himself from fal; ling into the Fire or the Water. 16. And I brought him in your absence to your Disciples, hoping that they - might