17:1 And 1 a after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,
(1) Christ in his present company is humble in
the gospel, but all the while he is Lord both of heaven and earth.
(a) Luke counts eight days, containing in that
number the first and last, and Matthew speaks but of the days between them.
17:2 And was b
transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was
white as the light.
(b) Changed into another colour.
he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out
of the cloud, which said, This is c my
beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
(c) The word "my" distinguishes 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 although he is by
right the only son, yet he is chief among many, in that he is the source and
head of the adoption.
17:6 And when the disciples heard [it], they d
fell on their face, and were sore afraid.
(d) Fell down flat on their faces and worshipped
him, as in (Matthew
as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the e
vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead.
(e) Which they saw, otherwise the word used in
this place is usually used in referring to that which is seen in a dream.
2 And when they were come to the
multitude, there came to him a [certain] man, f
kneeling down to him, and saying,
(2) Men are unworthy of Christ's goodness, yet
nonetheless he pays attention to them.
(f) As men used to do when making supplication.
17:15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is g
lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into
(g) They that at certain times of the moon are
troubled with the falling sickness, or any other kind of disease: but in this
case, we must so understand it, that besides the natural disease he had a
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
direction of God's benefits.
Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by h
prayer and fasting.
(4) The remedy against distrust.
(h) To help us to understand the watchfulness and
diligence of earnest prayer, which cannot be without sobriety.
17:22 5 And
while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be
betrayed into the hands of men:
(5) Our minds must be prepared more and more for
the offence of the cross.
And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute [money] came to
Peter, and said, Doth i not your master k
pay l tribute?
(6) In that Christ willingly obeys Caesar's
edicts, he shows that civil policy is not taken away by the Gospel.
(i) He does not deny, but he asks.
(k) Should he not pay?
(l) They that were from twenty years of age to
fifty, paid half a shekel to the Sanctuary, (Exodus
30:13). This was an Attic didrachma which the Roman exacted after they had
17:25 He saith, 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 custom or tribute? of their own m
children, or of strangers?
(m) By children we must not understand subjects
who pay tribute, but natural children.
17:27 Notwithstanding, lest
we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the
fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find
a n piece of money: that take, and give
unto them for me and thee.
(n) The word used here is "stater",
which is in value four didrachmas; every drachma is about five pence.