1And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,
1 CHAPTER XVII.
NOTES ON CHAP. XVII.
Verse 1. After six days] Mr 9:2, has the same number; but
Luke says, Lu 9:28,
after eight days. The reason of this difference seems to be the
following: Matthew and Mark reckon the days from that mentioned in
the preceding chapter, to that mentioned in this; Luke includes
both days, as well as the six intermediate: hence, the one makes
eight, the other six, without any contradiction.
Peter, James, and John] He chose those that they might be
witnesses of his transfiguration: two or three witnesses being
required by the Scripture to substantiate any fact. Eminent
communications of the Divine favour prepare for, and entitle to,
great services and great conflicts. The same three were made
witnesses of his agony in the garden, Mt 26:37.
A high mountain] This was one of the mountains of Galilee; but
whether Mount Tabor or not, is uncertain. Some think it was Mount
Hermon. St. Luke says, Christ and his disciples went up into the
mountain to pray, Lu 9:28.