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.

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

New King James Version
And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature.

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

NASB 1995
Zaccheus was trying to see who Jesus was, and was unable because of the crowd, for he was small in stature.

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

Amplified Bible
Zaccheus was trying to see who Jesus was, but he could not see because of the crowd, for he was short in 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Literal Standard Version
and he was seeking to see Jesus, who He is, and was not able for the multitude, because he was small in stature,

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.

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,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Jesus and Zacchaeus
2And there was a man named Zacchaeus, a chief tax collector, who was very wealthy. 3 He 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 Joses, 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?









(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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
He was trying
ἐζήτει (ezētei)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 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 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 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 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 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 2532: And, even, also, namely.

could not [see]
ἠδύνατο (ēdynato)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 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 575: From, away from. A primary particle; 'off, ' i.e. Away, in various senses.

the
τοῦ (tou)
Article - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 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 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 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

he was
ἦν (ēn)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 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 3398: Little, small. Including the comparative mikroteros apparently a primary word; small (figuratively) dignity).

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


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