Peter wants to set up three tents (Mt 17:4-17:4)

“Peter said to Jesus.

‘Lord!

It is good for us

To be here.

If you wish,

I will make

Three tents here,

One for you,

One for Moses,

And one for Elijah.’”

 

ἀποκριθεὶς δὲ ὁ Πέτρος εἶπεν τῷ Ἰησοῦ Κύριε, καλόν ἐστιν ἡμᾶς ὧδε εἶναι· εἰ θέλεις, ποιήσω ὧδε τρεῖς σκηνάς, σοὶ μίαν καὶ Μωϋσεῖ μίαν καὶ Ἡλείᾳ μίαν.

 

The remarks of Peter can be found in all 3 synoptic gospels, Mark, chapter 9:5, Luke, chapter 9:33, and here in Matthew, but there are minor differences in all 3 accounts.  Peter responded (ἀποκριθεὶς δὲ ὁ Πέτρος), once again as the leader of this small group of apostles.  He spoke to Jesus as the Lord (εἶπεν τῷ Ἰησοῦ Κύριε).  It was good for them to be there (καλόν ἐστιν ἡμᾶς ὧδε εἶναι).  If Jesus wanted it (εἰ θέλεις), Peter was going to set up 3 tents or dwellings here (ποιήσω ὧδε τρεῖς σκηνάς), one for Jesus (σοὶ μίαν), one for Moses (καὶ Μωϋσεῖ μίαν), and one for Elijah (καὶ Ἡλείᾳ μίαν).

 

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