John 20:14
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New International Version
At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

New Living Translation
She turned to leave and saw someone standing there. It was Jesus, but she didn't recognize him.

English Standard Version
Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus.

Berean Study Bible
When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there; but she did not recognize that it was Jesus.

Berean Literal Bible
Having said these things, she turned back around, and she sees Jesus standing there, and she had not known that it is Jesus.

New American Standard Bible
When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus.

King James Bible
And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, though she did not know it was Jesus.

International Standard Version
After she had said this, she turned around and noticed Jesus standing there, without realizing that it was Jesus.

NET Bible
When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus.

New Heart English Bible
When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, and did not know that it was Jesus.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
She said this and turned and saw Yeshua standing and she did not know that he was Yeshua.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
After she said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there. However, she didn't know that it was Jesus.

New American Standard 1977
When she had said this, she turned around, and beheld Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there and did not know that it was Jesus.

King James 2000 Bible
And when she had thus spoke, she turned back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

American King James Version
And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

American Standard Version
When she had thus said, she turned herself back, and beholdeth Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

Douay-Rheims Bible
When she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing; and she knew not that it was Jesus.

Darby Bible Translation
Having said these things she turned backward and beholds Jesus standing [there], and knew not that it was Jesus.

English Revised Version
When she had thus said, she turned herself back, and beholdeth Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when she had thus said, she turned herself about, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

Weymouth New Testament
While she was speaking, she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, but did not recognize Him.

World English Bible
When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, and didn't know that it was Jesus.

Young's Literal Translation
and these things having said, she turned backward, and seeth Jesus standing, and she had not known that it is Jesus.
Study Bible
Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
13“Woman, why are you weeping?” they asked. “Because they have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I do not know where they have put Him.” 14When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there; but she did not recognize that it was Jesus. 15“Woman, why are you weeping?” Jesus asked her. “Who are you looking for?” Thinking He was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried Him off, tell me where you have put Him, and I will get Him.”…
Cross References
Matthew 28:9
Suddenly Jesus met them and said, "Greetings!" They came to Him, grasped His feet, and worshiped Him.

Mark 16:9
After Jesus had risen, early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom He had driven out seven demons.

Luke 24:16
But their eyes were kept from recognizing Him.

John 21:4
Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not recognize that it was Jesus.
Treasury of Scripture

And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

and saw.

Songs 3:3,4 The watchmen that go about the city found me: to whom I said, Saw …

Matthew 28:9 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, …

Mark 16:9 Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared …

and knew.

John 8:59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and …

John 21:4 But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but …

Mark 16:12 After that he appeared in another form to two of them, as they walked, …

Luke 4:30 But he passing through the middle of them went his way,

Luke 24:16,31 But their eyes were held that they should not know him…

(14) And saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.--There is no need to imagine an external cause for her turning round, and if there was one it is useless for us to ask what it was. She has expressed her woe, and turns aside again to weep, when she sees another form. Weighed down by her sorrow, not looking intently, it may be, or seeing indistinctly through tear-filled eyes, she does not recognise her Lord. We know not what the appearance was. Figure, feature, clothing, there must have been; but these differing, in this as in other manifestations, from those with which they had been familiar. She, perhaps, hardly looked at all, but supposed that the only person there at that early hour would be the keeper of the garden.

Verse 14. - Then follows the simple record of the most wonderful event in the history of the world. There and then a flash of light broke on one human soul, and on human life at large, which has been brightening and broadening in its luster till this very hour. With what awful and tender simplicity is it related! When she had said this, she turned herself back (εἰς τὰ ὀπίσω) to what was behind her, away from the angels, and from their apparent but fruitless offer of sympathy, still weeping passionately in the utter desolation of a broken heart. But why did she turn? Was she not conscious of a presence near her which she had not seen? The blind are Often aware of the presence of unseen persons, when no footfall is heard and no word spoken. And beholdeth (θεωρεῖ) Jesus standing (ἑστῶτα, perfect participle), as though for some time he had been standing there, watching her (cf. that which he had said to the eleven (John 16:22), "I will see you"). But strange, mysterious, unutterably wonderful, entirely and absolutely inconsistent with the hypothesis, to which we have often referred, that this book is a theological romance, John, on Mary's own authority, adds, She knew not that it was Jesus. This is one of those remarkably vivid and autoptic touches that carry conviction of truth, whatever may be the explanation or the conclusion to be drawn from it. How far was this lack of recognition due to her, and how far to this the first manifestation made of "spiritual body" to human ken? Some have frigidly taken a commonplace explanation. Her eyes were blinded with continuous weeping; or the darkness of the morning; or Jesus may have stood in the shadows of the city wall, as the glare of the first beam of sunrise broke out of the purple mists on the Moab hills; or Christ's appearance was so changed by the agony through which he had passed, and by the recovery and reconstitution of his humanity, that the signs of his identity were obscured. He could not have clothed himself with the glittering garments of the Transfiguration, or with the dazzling robes of angels; for she mistook him for the keeper of the garden, either for Joseph of Arimathaea himself or his steward. "She knew not that it was Jesus." Human eyes are often holden so that they do not see the Lord, even when by some objective manifestation he makes it possible to do this thing. Thus (Judges 13:16), "Manoah knew not that it was the angel of the Lord." And several other of the theophanies of the Old Testament, encountering the blindness of human vision, slowly dawn upon even prophetic intelligence. Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, Gideon, Samuel, are all instances. And we find that in Matthew 28:16, 17, "some doubted" the Resurrection, even when the vision led others to adore (Luke 24:16). The eyes of Cleophas and his friend were holden, even though their hearts were burning. Those who traveled with Paul to Damascus saw a light and heard a sound, but they did not see nor did they hear what the apostle saw and heard. The μορφή of the risen Jesus was not, according to Mark (Mark 16:12), always the same. For the vision and perception of this mode of being, the eye needs special training and preparation. Though the eyes of love are the quickest to discern these wondrous realities, yet the vision tarries, and is for an appointed time, and even they who ultimately see have to wait for it. And when she had thus said,.... As soon as the words were out of her mouth, before she could have an answer from the angels:

she turned herself back; perceiving, either by the looks and gesture of one of the angels, or by hearing a noise, that somebody was behind her:

and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus; she saw a person, but did not know who he was, by reason of the form of his appearance, the difference of his clothes, and not expecting to see him alive; or through modesty, she might not look wistfully at him; and besides, her eyes were filled with tears, and swollen with weeping; so that she could not see clearly; and her eyes might be holden also, as the disciples were, that as yet she might not know him: so sometimes, in a spiritual sense, Christ is with, and near his people, and they know it not: Christ, as God, is omnipresent; he is every where, and in all places; the spiritual presence of Christ, is more or less, in some way or another, always in all his churches, and among his dear people; but the sight of him is not always alike to them, nor does he appear to them always in the same form; sometimes against them, at least in their apprehensions, nor always in a manner agreeably to their expectations; nor is his grace always discovered in the same way, nor has it the same effect. 20:11-18 We are likely to seek and find, when we seek with affection, and seek in tears. But many believers complain of the clouds and darkness they are under, which are methods of grace for humbling their souls, mortifying their sins, and endearing Christ to them. A sight of angels and their smiles, will not suffice, without a sight of Jesus, and God's smiles in him. None know, but those who have tasted it, the sorrows of a deserted soul, which has had comfortable evidences of the love of God in Christ, and hopes of heaven, but has now lost them, and walks in darkness; such a wounded spirit who can bear? Christ, in manifesting himself to those that seek him, often outdoes their expectations. See how Mary's heart was in earnest to find Jesus. Christ's way of making himself known to his people is by his word; his word applied to their souls, speaking to them in particular. It might be read, Is it my Master? See with what pleasure those who love Jesus speak of his authority over them. He forbids her to expect that his bodily presence look further, than the present state of things. Observe the relation to God, from union with Christ. We, partaking of a Divine nature, Christ's Father is our Father; and he, partaking of the human nature, our God is his God. Christ's ascension into heaven, there to plead for us, is likewise an unspeakable comfort. Let them not think this earth is to be their home and rest; their eye and aim, and earnest desires, must be upon another world, and this ever upon their hearts, I ascend, therefore I must seek the things which are above. And let those who know the word of Christ, endeavour that others should get good from their knowledge.
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