Other Accounts of What You Read in Mark 9
Understanding the Scriptures
|Transfigured (v. 2)||A condition in which a person’s body is temporarily changed so he or she can endure the presence and glory of heavenly beings|
|Fuller (v. 3)||A person whose business was making clothes clean and white|
|Tabernacles (v. 5)||Temporary shelters used for devotion and worship|
|Wist (v. 6)||Knew|
|Save (v. 8)||Except|
|Scribes (vv. 11, 14, 16)||Men who taught the people the meaning of the law of Moses (see Bible Dictionary, “scribe,” p. 770)|
|Set at nought (v. 12)||Considered to be worthless or despised|
|Saluted (v. 15)||Greeted|
|Hath a dumb spirit (v. 17)||Cannot speak|
|Pineth away (v. 18)||Body became weak|
|The spirit tare him (v. 20)||He went into convulsions|
|Wallowed (v. 20)||Fell down rolling around|
|Rent him sore (v. 26)||He had severe convulsions|
|Maimed (v. 43)||Physically handicapped|
|Quenched (vv. 43–46, 48)||Put out|
Mark 9:2–13—Jesus Is Transfigured on a High Mountain
See “Transfiguration, Mount of” in the Bible Dictionary (p. 786).
Mark 9:43–48—Cutting Off Your Hand or Foot, or Plucking out Your Eye
See “Understanding the Scriptures” for Matthew 5:29–30 (p. 14). The Joseph Smith Translation for Mark 9:40–48 (in the Bible appendix, pp. 804–5) also provides important insights on what Jesus meant in these verses.
Mark 9:49–50—Salt and Fire
Under the law of Moses, sacrifices were salted as a symbol of the lasting covenant between the Lord and His people. It made the sacrifice “good” to the Lord. Followers of Christ offer themselves as a living sacrifice to Him (see Omni 1:26), which sacrifice brings the cleansing power of the Holy Ghost (or the baptism of fire).
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A or B as you study Mark 9.
Increasing Your Faith
Learn from the Joseph Smith Translation
Carefully read the Joseph Smith Translation for Mark 9:40–48. Who does it tell us that “thy hand,” “thy foot,” and “thine eye” symbolize?
Keeping in mind the explanations from the Joseph Smith Translation, how do you think this counsel could apply today to people your age?