Mark 8:24
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New International Version
He looked up and said, "I see people; they look like trees walking around."

New Living Translation
The man looked around. "Yes," he said, "I see people, but I can't see them very clearly. They look like trees walking around."

English Standard Version
And he looked up and said, “I see people, but they look like trees, walking.”

Berean Study Bible
The man looked up and said, "I can see the people, but they look like trees walking around."

Berean Literal Bible
And having looked up, he was saying, "I see the men, for I see them as trees walking."

New American Standard Bible
And he looked up and said, "I see men, for I see them like trees, walking around."

King James Bible
And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He looked up and said, "I see people--they look to me like trees walking."

International Standard Version
The man looked up and said, "I see people, but they look like trees walking around."

NET Bible
Regaining his sight he said, "I see people, but they look like trees walking."

New Heart English Bible
He looked up, and said, "I see men; they look like trees walking."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He gazed and he said, “I see people like trees that are walking.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The man looked up and said, "I see people. They look like trees walking around."

New American Standard 1977
And he looked up and said, “I see men, for I am seeing them like trees, walking about.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And looking, he said, I see men; I see that they walk as trees.

King James 2000 Bible
And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.

American King James Version
And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.

American Standard Version
And he looked up, and said, I see men; for I behold them as trees, walking.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And looking up, he said: I see men as it were trees, walking.

Darby Bible Translation
And having looked up, he said, I behold men, for I see [them], as trees, walking.

English Revised Version
And he looked up, and said, I see men; for I behold them as trees, walking.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees walking.

Weymouth New Testament
He looked up and said, "I can see the people: I see them like trees--only walking."

World English Bible
He looked up, and said, "I see men; for I see them like trees walking."

Young's Literal Translation
and he, having looked up, said, 'I behold men, as I see trees, walking.'
Study Bible
The Blind Man at Bethsaida
23So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village. Then He spit on the man’s eyes and placed His hands on him. “Can you see anything?” He asked. 24The man looked up and said, “I can see the people, but they look like trees walking around.” 25Once again Jesus placed His hands on the man’s eyes, and when he opened them his sight was restored, and he could see everything clearly.…
Cross References
Mark 8:23
So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village. Then He spit on the man's eyes and placed His hands on him. "Can you see anything?" He asked.

Mark 8:25
Once again Jesus placed His hands on the man's eyes, and when he opened them his sight was restored, and he could see everything clearly.
Treasury of Scripture

And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.

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(24) I see men as trees, walking.--The better MSS. give two words expressing different forms of perception, "I behold men, for I see them walking as trees." His sight was not yet clear, but he interpreted what it told him rightly. The naturalness of this description of the first impression of the restored sense strikes every reader. From the point of view which looks on our Lord's miracles as having a symbolic character, and being, as it were, acted parables, we may see in it that which represents an analogous stage in the spiritual growth of men, when truths for which before they had no faculty of vision are seen for the first time, but are not as yet apprehended in their full or definite proportions. They need a second touch of the Divine Hand, the passing away of another film of ignorance or prejudice, and then they too see all things clearly.

Verse 24. - And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. He looked ups natural action. He instinctively looked in the direction of the source of light. The words in the Greek of the next clause are as follows: - βλέπω τοὺς ἀνθρώπους ὅτι ὡς δένδρα ὁρῶ περιπατοῦντας: I see men; for I behold them as trees, walking; that is, "I see something confusedly and obscurely, not clearly; for I see what I think must be men, and yet so dimly that they look to me like trees, only that I know that men move from their places, whereas trees do not." The word "walking" refers to the men, and not to the trees, as is evident from the Greek. This man, as yet partially blind, saw men as in shadow, magnified by the mist, looking much larger than they really were. And he looked up,.... This is omitted in the Arabic and Persic versions. The sense is, that he opened his eyelids, and lifted up his eyes, to try if he could see, and he could, and did see again; his sight was returned again, though very imperfectly as yet:

and said, I see men, as trees, walking: he saw some objects at a little distance from him, which, by their motion, he supposed to be men; otherwise his sight was so imperfect, that he could not have distinguished them from trees: he was capable of discerning the bulk of their bodies, and that they walked, or moved forward; but he could not distinguish the particular parts of their bodies; they seemed to be like trunks of trees, in an erect posture, and which he should have took for such, had it not been for their walking. As this man immediately, upon Christ's putting spittle on his eyes, and laying his hands on him, had sight given him, though it was very obscure and glimmering; so, as soon as ever the Gospel comes with power, it dispels the darkness of the mind, and introduces light; though at first it is but very small; it is let in gradually: the sinner is first convinced of the evil of his actions, and then of the sinfulness of his nature; he first sees the ability and suitableness of Christ as a Saviour, and after that his willingness, and his interest in him as such; and all this is commonly before he is so well acquainted with the dignity and infiniteness of his person, as the Son of God: and it is some time before he has his spiritual senses exercised to discern between good and evil, between truth and error; or arrives to a clear and distinct knowledge of Gospel truths, and a stability in them. Hence it is, that such are greatly harassed with Satan's temptations; are disquieted in their souls; are filled with doubts and fears, and are in danger of being imposed upon by false teachers. 24. And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking—This is one of the cases in which one edition of what is called the received text differs from another. That which is decidedly the best supported, and has also internal evidence on its side is this: "I see men; for I see [them] as trees walking"—that is, he could distinguish them from trees only by their motion; a minute mark of truth in the narrative, as Alford observes, describing how human objects had appeared to him during that gradual failing of sight which had ended in blindness.8:22-26 Here is a blind man brought to Christ by his friends. Therein appeared the faith of those that brought him. If those who are spiritually blind, do not pray for themselves, yet their friends and relations should pray for them, that Christ would be pleased to touch them. The cure was wrought gradually, which was not usual in our Lord's miracles. Christ showed in what method those commonly are healed by his grace, who by nature are spiritually blind. At first, their knowledge is confused; but, like the light of the morning, it shines more and more to the perfect day, and then they see all things clearly. Slighting Christ's favours is forfeiting them; and he will make those who do so know the worth of privileges by the want of them.
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