Luke 19:3
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.

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.

Good News Translation
He was trying to see who Jesus was, but he was a little man and could not see Jesus because of the crowd.

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 was perplexed, because that it was said of some, that John was risen from the dead; …

Luke 23:8
And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him.

John 12:21
The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.

because.

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







Lexicon
He was trying
ἐζήτει (ezētei)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2212: To seek, search for, desire, require, demand. Of uncertain affinity; to seek; specially, to worship, or to plot.

to see
ἰδεῖν (idein)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 3708: Properly, to stare at, i.e. to discern clearly; by extension, to attend to; by Hebraism, to experience; passively, to appear.

who
τίς (tis)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5101: Who, which, what, why. Probably emphatic of tis; an interrogative pronoun, who, which or what.

Jesus
Ἰησοῦν (Iēsoun)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2424: Of Hebrew origin; Jesus, the name of our Lord and two other Israelites.

was,
ἐστιν (estin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

but
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

could not [see]
ἠδύνατο (ēdynato)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1410: (a) I am powerful, have (the) power, (b) I am able, I can. Of uncertain affinity; to be able or possible.

over
ἀπὸ (apo)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 575: From, away from. A primary particle; 'off, ' i.e. Away, in various senses.

the
τοῦ (tou)
Article - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

crowd,
ὄχλου (ochlou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3793: From a derivative of echo; a throng; by implication, the rabble; by extension, a class of people; figuratively, a riot.

because
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

he was
ἦν (ēn)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

small
μικρὸς (mikros)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3398: Little, small. Including the comparative mikroteros apparently a primary word; small (figuratively) dignity).

in stature.
ἡλικίᾳ (hēlikia)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2244: Age, term of life; full age, maturity; stature. From the same as helikos; maturity.
(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. 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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