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Luke 19:3

    Luke 19:3 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Made an attempt to get a view of Jesus, and was not able to do so, because of the people, for he was a small man.

    Webster's Revision

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

    World English Bible

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

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Definitions for Luke 19:3

    Stature - Maturity of life; age; adultness.

    Clarke's Commentary on Luke 19:3

    And he sought to see Jesus who he was - So the mere principle of curiosity in him led to his conversion and salvation, and to that of his whole family, Luke 19:9.

    Barnes' Notes on Luke 19:3

    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.