9:32 Now Peter and those with him were quite sleepy, 1 but as they became fully awake, 2 they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. 9:33 Then 3 as the men 4 were starting to leave, 5 Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us make three shelters, 6 one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah” – not knowing what he was saying.
1 tn Grk “weighed down with sleep” (an idiom).
2 tn Or “after they became fully awake,” “but they became fully awake and saw.”
3 tn Grk “And it happened that as.” The introductory phrase ἐγένετο (egeneto, “it happened that”), common in Luke (69 times) and Acts (54 times), is redundant in contemporary English and has not been translated. Here καί (kai) has been translated as “then” to indicate the implied sequence of events within the narrative.
4 tn Grk “as they”; the referent (“the men,” referring to Moses and Elijah) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
5 tn Grk “to leave from him.”
6 tn Or “booths,” “dwellings” (referring to the temporary booths constructed in the celebration of the feast of Tabernacles).
sn By making three shelters Peter apparently wanted to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles or Booths that looked forward to the end and to treat Moses, Elijah, and Jesus as equals. It was actually a way of expressing honor to Jesus, but the remark at the end of the verse makes it clear that it was not enough honor.