Scripture uses the term to refer to both the physical act of seeing, and also the gift of spiritual insight. All things, physical and spiritual, are seen by God.
The physical vision of human beings
Physical sight diminishes with age Ge 27:1; Ge 48:10; 1Sa 3:2; 1Sa 4:15; 1Ki 14:4; Ecc 12:3 Ecc 12:2-5 is an allegory on ageing. It gives a graphic description of a person’s progressive deterioration.
Physical vision has its dangers
Christians are to live by faith rather than by sight
Visions of God
Seeing used metaphorically for spiritual insight 2Ki 6:17 See also Pr 29:18; Isa 22:1 Jerusalem was called “the Valley of Vision”, possibly ironically, for although God spoke through his prophets and dwelt there, its inhabitants lacked insight; Isa 29:10; Mk 8:17-21; Lk 24:31; Jn 9:39; Ac 26:17-18
Spiritual insight given in dreams or visions Ac 2:17 See also Joel 2:28; Ge 15:1; Nu 12:6; Da 1:17; Da 2:19; Da 4:5; Da 7:1 Daniel’s dream of four beasts; Da 8:1; Da 10:7-8 Daniel’s vision of a man; Ac 9:12; Ac 10:9-17 pp Ac 11:4-10 Peter’s vision; Ac 16:9-10 Paul’s vision of the man of Macedonia; Ac 26:19; 2Co 12:1
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