Luke 19:3
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New International Version
He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd.

New Living Translation
He tried to get a look at Jesus, but he was too short to see over the crowd.

English Standard Version
And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature.

Berean Study Bible
He was trying to see who Jesus was, but could not see over the crowd, because he was small in stature.

Berean Literal Bible
And he was seeking to see Jesus, who He is. And he was not able because of the crowd, for he was small in stature.

New American Standard Bible
Zaccheus was trying to see who Jesus was, and was unable because of the crowd, for he was small in stature.

King James Bible
And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He was trying to see who Jesus was, but he was not able because of the crowd, since he was a short man.

International Standard Version
He was trying to see who Jesus was, but he couldn't do so due to the crowd, since he was a short man.

NET Bible
He was trying to get a look at Jesus, but being a short man he could not see over the crowd.

New Heart English Bible
He was trying to see who Jesus was, and could not because of the crowd, because he was short.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he wanted to see who Yeshua was and he was not able to from the crowd because Zakkai was small in stature.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He tried to see who Jesus was. But Zacchaeus was a small man, and he couldn't see Jesus because of the crowd.

New American Standard 1977
And he was trying to see who Jesus was, and he was unable because of the crowd, for he was small in stature.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he sought to see who Jesus was and could not for the crowd because he was small of stature.

King James 2000 Bible
And he sought to see who Jesus was; and could not for the crowd, because he was little of stature.

American King James Version
And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.

American Standard Version
And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the crowd, because he was little of stature.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he sought to see Jesus who he was, and he could not for the crowd, because he was low of stature.

Darby Bible Translation
And he sought to see Jesus who he was: and he could not for the crowd, because he was little in stature.

English Revised Version
And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the crowd, because he was little of stature.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the crowd, because he was little of stature.

Weymouth New Testament
He was anxious to see what sort of man Jesus was; but he could not because of the crowd, for he was short in stature.

World English Bible
He was trying to see who Jesus was, and couldn't because of the crowd, because he was short.

Young's Literal Translation
and he was seeking to see Jesus, who he is, and was not able for the multitude, because in stature he was small,
Study Bible
Jesus and Zacchaeus
2And there was a man named Zacchaeus, a chief tax collector, who was very wealthy. 3He was trying to see who Jesus was, but could not see over the crowd, because he was small in stature. 4So he ran on ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see Him, since Jesus was about to pass that way.…
Cross References
Mark 15:40
And there were also women watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph, and Salome.

Luke 19:2
And there was a man named Zacchaeus, a chief tax collector, who was very wealthy.

Luke 19:4
So he ran on ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see Him, since Jesus was about to pass that way.
Treasury of Scripture

And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.

he sought.

Luke 9:7-9 Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by him: and he …

Luke 23:8 And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous …

John 12:21 The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, …

because.

Luke 12:25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?

(3) He sought.--Better, was seeking. The verb expresses vividly the oft-repeated attempts of the man, little of stature, to get a glimpse of the Prophet as He passed.

For the press.--The word is the same as that elsewhere rendered "multitude" or "crowd." The motive is left to be inferred. It was not mere curiosity, for that would not have met with the Lord's warm approval. Had he heard that there was a publican like himself among the chosen disciples of the Teacher whom the people were receiving as the Son of David? Had some one told him of the parable of the Pharisee and the Publican? Had the fame of the miracle wrought on the entrance into Jericho made him eager to see the Worker?

He was little of stature.--The individualising feature may be accepted, in connection with what follows, either as a touch of consummate art, or a note of artless truthfulness.

Verse 3. - He was little of stature. Such a curious detail comes, of course, from some memoir written just at the time. And he sought to see Jesus who he was,.... What sort of a person he was for complexion, stature, and age: having heard much of him, he was very desirous of indulging his curiosity with a sight of him; having, as yet, nothing else that induced him to desire to see him: his desire to see Jesus was not of the same kind with the kings and prophets, Matthew 13:16 but rather like that of Herod, Luke 23:8

and could not for the press; the multitude of people that were flocking to meet Jesus, or who came before him, or were about him; for one part of the multitude went before him, and the other followed after him; so that he was in the crowd, and therefore could not easily be seen;

because he was little of stature. The Syriac and Persic versions read, "because Zacchaeus was little of stature", lest it should be thought that this is said of Jesus; for the reason why Zacchaeus could not see him for the crowd, was not because Christ was little of stature, and was hid among them, but because Zacchaeus was little of stature, and could not see over their heads. 3. who he was—what sort of person. Curiosity then was his only motive, though his determination not to be baulked was overruled for more than he sought.19:1-10 Those who sincerely desire a sight of Christ, like Zaccheus, will break through opposition, and take pains to see him. Christ invited himself to Zaccheus' house. Wherever Christ comes he opens the heart, and inclines it to receive him. He that has a mind to know Christ, shall be known of him. Those whom Christ calls, must humble themselves, and come down. We may well receive him joyfully, who brings all good with him. Zaccheus gave proofs publicly that he was become a true convert. He does not look to be justified by his works, as the Pharisee; but by his good works he will, through the grace of God, show the sincerity of his faith and repentance. Zaccheus is declared to be a happy man, now he is turned from sin to God. Now that he is saved from his sins, from the guilt of them, from the power of them, all the benefits of salvation are his. Christ is come to his house, and where Christ comes he brings salvation with him. He came into this lost world to seek and to save it. His design was to save, when there was no salvation in any other. He seeks those that sought him not, and asked not for him.
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