Also see: eye, prophet, reveal, revelation, vision, watch

Be sure to see, observe, and perceive

SEE in scriptures [BibleGateway Search]

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Genesis 32:30 - Jacob had seen God face to face and got a new name: Israel
Genesis 48:10-11 (In his old age, Israel couldn't see. But God let him see Joseph and his sons)
Job 22:19 - the righteous see it, and are glad.
Hebrews 11:1 - faith is proof of things not seen

SEER in scriptures [BibleGateway Search]
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1 Samuel 9:9 - "In earlier times in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, thus he said, 'Come, and let us go to the seer;' for he who is now called a prophet was before called a Seer."

SEER [Easton Bible Dictionary]

A name sometimes applied to the prophets because of the visions granted to them. It is first found in 1 Samuel 9:9. It is afterwards applied to Zadok, Gad, etc. (2 Samuel 15:27; 24:11; 1 Chronicles 9:22; 25:5; 2Chr 9:29; Amos 7:12; Micah 3:7). The "sayings of the seers" (2 Chronicles 33:18,19) is rendered in the Revised Version "the history of Hozai" (marg., the seers; so the LXX.), of whom, however, nothing is known. (See PROPHET .)



In addition to the ordinary sense of perceiving by the eye, we have

(1) chazah, "to see" (in vision): "Words of Amos .... which he saw concerning Israel" (Amos 1:1). The revelation was made to his inward eye. "The word of Yahweh .... which he (Micah) saw concerning Samaria" (Micah 1:1), describing what he saw in prophetic vision (compare Habakkuk 1:1); see REVELATION, 1-2 ,III , 4;

(2) horao, "to take heed": "See thou say nothing" (Mark 1:44);

(3) eidon, "to know," "to note with the mind": "Jesus saw that he answered discreetly" (Mark 12:34);

(4) theoreo, "to view," "to have knowledge or experience of": "He shall never see death" (John 8:51).

M. O. Evans


se'-er, ser:
The word in English Versions of the Bible represents two Hebrew words, ro'eh (1 Samuel 9:9,11,18-19; 2 Samuel 15:27; 1 Chronicles 9:22, etc.), and chozeh (2 Samuel 24:11; 2 Kings 17:13; 1 Chronicles 21:9; 25:5; 29:29, etc.). The former designation is from the ordinary verb "to see"; the latter is connected with the verb used of prophetic vision. It appears from 1 Samuel 9:9 that "seer" (ro'-eh) was the older name for those who, after the rise of the more regular orders, were called "prophets." It is not just, however, to speak of the "seers" or "prophets" of Samuel's time as on the level of mere fortune-tellers. What insight or vision they possessed is traced to God's Spirit. Samuel was the ro'-eh by pr-eeminence, and the name is little used after his time. Individuals who bear the title "seer" (chozeh) are mentioned in connection with the kings and as historiographers (2 Samuel 24:11; 1 Chronicles 21:9; 25:5; 29:29; 2 Chronicles 9:29; 12:15; 19:2, etc.), and distinction is sometimes made between "prophets" and "seers" (2 Kings 17:13; 1 Chronicles 29:29, etc.). Havernick thinks that "seer" denotes one who does not belong to the regular prophetic order (Introductions to Old Testament, 50 ff, English translation), but it is not easy to fix a precise distinction.

James Orr

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