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.
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.
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,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Who he was - Rather "what sort of person," he was, or how he appeared. He had that curiosity which is natural to people to see one of whom they have heard much. It would seem, also, that in this case mere "curiosity" led to his conversion and that of his family. Compare 1 Corinthians 14:23-25. God makes use of every principle - of curiosity, or sympathy, or affection, or hope, or fear - to lead people in the way of salvation, and to impress truth on the minds of sinners.
The press - The crowd; the multitude that surrounded Jesus. Earthly princes are often borne in splendid equipages, or even carried, as in Eastern nations, in palanquins on the shoulders of people. Jesus mingled with the multitude, not seeking distinctions of that sort, and perhaps, "in appearance," not distinguished from thousands that followed him.
Little of stature - Short. Not a tall man.
LibraryThe Kingdom of Christ
LUKE xix. 41. And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it. Let us think awhile what was meant by our Lord's weeping over Jerusalem. We ought to learn thereby somewhat more of our Lord's character, and of our Lord's government. Why did he weep over that city whose people would, in a few days, mock him, scourge him, crucify him, and so fill up the measure of their own iniquity? Had Jesus been like too many, who since his time have fancied themselves saints and prophets, would …
Charles Kingsley—Discipline and Other Sermons
The Rewards of the Trading Servants
Ciii. Zacchæus. Parable of the Pounds. Journey to Jerusalem.
There were also some women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the Less and Joses, and Salome.
And there was a man called by the name of Zaccheus; he was a chief tax collector and he was rich.
So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree in order to see Him, for He was about to pass through that way.
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