Moses came down from Mount Sinai. As he came down from
the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant in his
hand, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone
because he had been talking with God.
When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, the skin of
his face was shining, and they were afraid to come near
But Moses called to them; and Aaron and all the leaders
of the congregation returned to him, and Moses spoke
Afterward all the Israelites came near, and he gave them
in commandment all that the LORD had spoken with him on
When Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a
veil on his face;
but whenever Moses went in before the LORD to speak with
him, he would take the veil off, until he came out; and
when he came out, and told the Israelites what he had
the Israelites would see the face of Moses, that the
skin of his face was shining; and Moses would put the
veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with
The LORD is king; let the peoples tremble! He sits
enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!
The LORD is great in Zion; he is exalted over all the
Let them praise your great and awesome name. Holy is he!
Mighty King, lover of justice, you have established
equity; you have executed justice and righteousness in
Extol the LORD our God; worship at his footstool. Holy
Moses and Aaron were among his priests, Samuel also was
among those who called on his name. They cried to the
LORD, and he answered them.
He spoke to them in the pillar of cloud; they kept his
decrees, and the statutes that he gave them.
O LORD our God, you answered them; you were a forgiving
God to them, but an avenger of their wrongdoings.
Extol the LORD our God, and worship at his holy
mountain; for the LORD our God is holy.
Since, then, we have such a hope, we act with great
not like Moses, who put a veil over his face to keep the
people of Israel from gazing at the end of the glory
that was being set aside.
But their minds were hardened. Indeed, to this very day,
when they hear the reading of the old covenant, that
same veil is still there, since only in Christ is it set
Indeed, to this very day whenever Moses is read, a veil
lies over their minds;
but when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the
Lord is, there is freedom.
And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of
the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being
transformed into the same image from one degree of glory
to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.
Therefore, since it is by God's mercy that we are
engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart.
We have renounced the shameful things that one hides; we
refuse to practice cunning or to falsify God's word; but
by the open statement of the truth we commend ourselves
to the conscience of everyone in the sight of God.
Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with
him Peter and John and James, and went up on the
mountain to pray.
And while he was praying, the appearance of his face
changed, and his clothes became dazzling white.
Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to
They appeared in glory and were speaking of his
departure, which he was about to accomplish at
Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with
sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his
glory and the two men who stood with him.
Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus,
"Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make
three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for
Elijah" -- not knowing what he said.
While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed
them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud.
Then from the cloud came a voice that said, "This
is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!"
When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And
they kept silent and in those days told no one any of
the things they had seen.