'Seen' in the Bible
Then the Lord said to Noah, “Enter the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you alone are righteous before Me in this generation.
So she called the Lord who spoke to her: The God Who Sees, for she said, “In this place, have I actually seen the One who sees me?”
As soon as he had seen the ring and the bracelets on his sister’s wrists, and when he had heard his sister Rebekah’s words—“The man said this to me!”—he went to the man. He was standing there by the camels at the spring.
They replied, “We have clearly seen how the Lord has been with you. We think there should be an oath between two parties—between us and you. Let us make a covenant with you:
Leah conceived, gave birth to a son, and named him Reuben, for she said, “The Lord has seen my affliction; surely my husband will love me now.”
And He said, ‘Look up and see: all the males that are mating with the flocks are streaked, spotted, and speckled, for I have seen all that Laban has been doing to you.
If the God of my father, the God of Abraham, the Fear of Isaac, had not been with me, certainly now you would have sent me off empty-handed. But God has seen my affliction and my hard work, and He issued His verdict last night.”
Jacob then named the place Peniel, “For I have seen God face to face,” he said, “and I have been delivered.”
But Jacob said, “No, please! If I have found favor with you, take this gift from my hand. For indeed, I have seen your face, and it is like seeing God’s face, since you have accepted me.
After them, seven other cows—ugly, very sickly, and thin—came up. I’ve never seen such ugly ones as these in all the land of Egypt.
In my dream I had also seen seven heads of grain, plump and ripe, coming up on one stalk.
One left—I said that he must have been torn to pieces—and I have never seen him again.
Tell my father about all my glory in Egypt and about all you have seen. And bring my father here quickly.”
Then Israel said to Joseph, “At last I can die, now that I have seen your face and know you are still alive!”
The Israelites’ cry for help has come to Me, and I have also seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them.
The people believed, and when they heard that the Lord had paid attention to them and that He had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped.
‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Me.
Then the Lord told Moses, “This is what you are to say to the Israelites: You have seen that I have spoken to you from heaven.
The Lord also said to Moses: “I have seen this people, and they are indeed a stiff-necked people.
Then I will take My hand away, and you will see My back, but My face will not be seen.”
No one may go up with you; in fact, no one must be seen anywhere on the mountain. Even the flocks and herds are not to graze in front of that mountain.”
“When someone sins in any of these ways:If he has seen, heard, or known about something he has witnessed, and did not respond to a public call to testify, he is responsible for his sin.
They will tell it to the inhabitants of this land. They have heard that You, Lord, are among these people, how You, Lord, are seen face to face, how Your cloud stands over them, and how You go before them in a pillar of cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night.
none of the men who have seen My glory and the signs I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tested Me these 10 times and did not obey Me,
After you have seen it, you will also be gathered to your people, as Aaron your brother was.
“I commanded Joshua at that time: Your own eyes have seen everything the Lord your God has done to these two kings. The Lord will do the same to all the kingdoms you are about to enter.
Your eyes have seen what the Lord did at Baal-peor, for the Lord your God destroyed every one of you who followed Baal of Peor.
“Only be on your guard and diligently watch yourselves, so that you don’t forget the things your eyes have seen and so that they don’t slip from your mind as long as you live. Teach them to your children and your grandchildren.
You said, ‘Look, the Lord our God has shown us His glory and greatness, and we have heard His voice from the fire. Today we have seen that God speaks with a person, yet he still lives.
The Lord also said to me, ‘I have seen this people, and indeed, they are a stiff-necked people.
He is your praise and He is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome works your eyes have seen.
Your own eyes have seen every great work the Lord has done.
Moses summoned all Israel and said to them, “You have seen with your own eyes everything the Lord did in Egypt to Pharaoh, to all his officials, and to his entire land.
and you have seen for yourselves everything the Lord your God did to all these nations on your account, because it was the Lord your God who was fighting for you.
The people worshiped the Lord throughout Joshua’s lifetime and during the lifetimes of the elders who outlived Joshua. They had seen all the Lord’s great works He had done for Israel.
Israel chose new gods,then war was in the gates.Not a shield or spear was seenamong 40,000 in Israel.
When Gideon realized that He was the Angel of the Lord, he said, “Oh no, Lord God! I have seen the Angel of the Lord face to face!”
So Abimelech and all the people who were with him went up to Mount Zalmon. Abimelech took his ax in his hand and cut a branch from the trees. He picked up the branch, put it on his shoulder, and said to the people who were with him, “Hurry and do what you have seen me do.”
“We’re going to die,” he said to his wife, “because we have seen God!”
He went back and told his father and his mother: “I have seen a young Philistine woman in Timnah. Now get her for me as a wife.”
They answered, “Come on, let’s go up against them, for we have seen the land, and it is very good. Why wait? Don’t hesitate to go and invade and take possession of the land!
Everyone who saw it said, “Nothing like this has ever happened or has been seen since the day the Israelites came out of the land of Egypt to this day. Think it over, discuss it, and speak up!”
“At this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin. Anoint him ruler over My people Israel. He will save them from the hand of the Philistines because I have seen the affliction of My people, for their cry has come to Me.”
They let themselves be seen by the Philistine garrison, and the Philistines said, “Look, the Hebrews are coming out of the holes where they’ve been hiding!”
One of the young men answered, “I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the lyre. He is also a valiant man, a warrior, eloquent, handsome, and the Lord is with him.”
When Saul had seen David going out to confront the Philistine, he asked Abner the commander of the army, “Whose son is this youth, Abner?”“My king, as surely as you live, I don’t know,” Abner replied.
Go and check again. Investigate and watch carefully where he goes and who has seen him there; they tell me he is extremely cunning.
Jonathan and Ahimaaz were staying at En-rogel, where a servant girl would come and pass along information to them. They in turn would go and inform King David, because they dared not be seen entering the city.
Joab then said to the Cushite, “Go tell the king what you have seen.” The Cushite bowed to Joab and took off running.
Now Amasa was writhing in his blood in the middle of the highway, and the man had seen that all the people stopped. So he moved Amasa from the highway to the field and threw a garment over him because he realized that all those who encountered Amasa were stopping.
The cedar paneling inside the temple was carved with ornamental gourds and flower blossoms. Everything was cedar; not a stone could be seen.
The poles were so long that their ends were seen from the holy place in front of the inner sanctuary, but they were not seen from outside the sanctuary; they are there to this day.
The king made the almug wood into steps for the Lord’s temple and the king’s palace and into lyres and harps for the singers. Never before had such almug wood come, and the like has not been seen again even to this very day.
Then their father said to them, “Which way did he go?” His sons had seen the way taken by the man of God who had come from Judah.
“Have you seen how Ahab has humbled himself before Me? I will not bring the disaster during his lifetime, because he has humbled himself before Me. I will bring the disaster on his house during his son’s lifetime.”
“Go back and tell Hezekiah, the leader of My people, ‘This is what the Lord God of your ancestor David says: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Look, I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the Lord’s temple.
Isaiah asked, “What have they seen in your palace?”Hezekiah answered, “They have seen everything in my palace. There isn’t anything in my treasuries that I didn’t show them.”
In addition, Josiah removed the mediums, the spiritists, household idols, images, and all the detestable things that were seen in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem. He did this in order to carry out the words of the law that were written in the book that Hilkiah the priest found in the Lord’s temple.
I know, my God, that You test the heart and that You are pleased with what is right. I have willingly given all these things with an upright heart, and now I have seen Your people who are present here giving joyfully and willingly to You.
The poles were so long that their ends were seen from the holy place in front of the inner sanctuary, but they were not seen from outside; they are there to this very day.
The king made the algum wood into walkways for the Lord’s temple and for the king’s palace and into lyres and harps for the singers. Never before had anything like them been seen in the land of Judah.
There was great rejoicing in Jerusalem, for nothing like this was known since the days of Solomon son of David, the king of Israel.
But many of the older priests, Levites, and family leaders, who had seen the first temple, wept loudly when they saw the foundation of this house, but many others shouted joyfully.
I have seen a fool taking root,but I immediately pronounced a curse on his home.
“Why did You bring me out of the womb?I should have died and never been seen.
Look, my eyes have seen all this;my ears have heard and understood it.
Listen to me and I will inform you.I will describe what I have seen,
All of you have seen this for yourselves,why do you keep up this empty talk?
No bird of prey knows that path;no falcon’s eye has seen it.
if I have seen anyone dying for lack of clothingor a needy person without a cloak,
All mankind has seen it;people have looked at it from a distance.
Have the gates of death been revealed to you?Have you seen the gates of deep darkness?
Have you entered the place where the snow is stored?Or have you seen the storehouses of hail,
I had heard rumors about You,but now my eyes have seen You.
But You Yourself have seen trouble and grief,observing it in order to take the matter into Your hands.The helpless entrusts himself to You;You are a helper of the fatherless.
I will rejoice and be glad in Your faithful lovebecause You have seen my affliction.You have known the troubles of my life
I have been young and now I am old,yet I have not seen the righteous abandonedor his children begging for bread.
I have seen a wicked, violent manwell-rooted like a flourishing native tree.
Just as we heard, so we have seenin the city of Yahweh of Hosts,in the city of our God;God will establish it forever.Selah
People have seen Your procession, God,the procession of my God,my King, in the sanctuary.
Make us rejoice for as many days as You have humbled us,for as many years as we have seen adversity.
Let Your work be seen by Your servants,and Your splendor by their children.
where your fathers tested Me;they tried Me, though they had seen what I did.
He has remembered His loveand faithfulness to the house of Israel;all the ends of the earthhave seen our God’s victory.
I have seen a limit to all perfection,but Your command is without limit.
I have seen the disloyal and feel disgustbecause they do not keep Your word.
I have seen all the things that are done under the sun and have found everything to be futile, a pursuit of the wind.
There is nothing better for man than to eat, drink, and enjoy his work. I have seen that even this is from God’s hand,
I have seen the task that God has given people to keep them occupied.
I have seen that there is nothing better than for a person to enjoy his activities because that is his reward. For who can enable him to see what will happen after he dies?
But better than either of them is the one who has not yet existed, who has not seen the evil activity that is done under the sun.
There is a sickening tragedy I have seen under the sun: wealth kept by its owner to his harm.
Here is what I have seen to be good: it is appropriate to eat, drink, and experience good in all the labor one does under the sun during the few days of his life God has given him, because that is his reward.
In my futile life I have seen everything: there is a righteous man who perishes in spite of his righteousness, and there is a wicked man who lives long in spite of his evil.
All this I have seen, applying my mind to all the work that is done under the sun, at a time when one man has authority over another to his harm.
There is an evil I have seen under the sun, an error proceeding from the presence of the ruler:
I have seen slaves on horses,but princes walking on the ground like slaves.
The guards who go about the city found me.I asked them, “Have you seen the one I love?”
Then I said:Woe is me for I am ruinedbecause I am a man of unclean lipsand live among a people of unclean lips,and because my eyes have seen the King,the Lord of Hosts.
The people walking in darknesshave seen a great light;a light has dawnedon those living in the land of darkness.
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