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Mark 9:5

ESV And Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.”
NIV Peter said to Jesus, 'Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters--one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.'
NASB Peter responded and *said to Jesus, 'Rabbi, it is good that we are here; let’s make three tabernacles, one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.'
CSB Peter said to Jesus, "Rabbi, it's good for us to be here. Let's set up three shelters: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah"--
NLT Peter exclaimed, 'Rabbi, it’s wonderful for us to be here! Let’s make three shelters as memorials — one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.'
KJV And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.

What does Mark 9:5 mean?

Jesus has taken Peter, James, and John to the top of a mountain where the three disciples fall asleep (Luke 9:32). When they awaken, Jesus is glowing, and Elijah and Moses are talking to Him about His coming departure (Luke 9:31). Peter, James, and John are terrified and don't know how to respond (Mark 9:6). They have no reason to think Moses and Elijah are leaving any time soon, so Peter offers to make tents, similar to the booths used in the Feast of Tabernacles. Such august visitors deserve shade from the sun while they confer.

Rabbi is Hebrew and means "honorable sir." Students and disciples called their teachers "rabbi" to show their respect. "Tent" is from the Greek root word skene. It can mean any shelter which is moveable, and could be made of skins or tree boughs; in this case, probably tree boughs.

Peter is known for his impetuous nature. He has already rebuked Jesus (Mark 8:32) and will make a vow he is incapable of fulfilling (Matthew 26:33). But he also tried his faith in rough seas (Matthew 14:28–29) and abandoned the boat to swim to Jesus after the resurrection (John 21:7). Now, he jumps in to the situation, glad he and his friends are there to serve their master and two significant figures from Jewish history.
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