Ran on before (prodramwn ei to emprosqen). Second aorist active participle of protrecw (defective verb). "Before" occurs twice (pro- and ei to emprosqen). Into a sycamore tree (epi sukomorean). From sukon, fig, and moron, mulberry. The fig-mulberry and quite a different tree from the sycamine tree in Matthew 17:6 , which see. It bore a poor fruit which poor people ate ( Amos 7:14 ). It was a wide open tree with low branches so that Zacchaeus could easily climb into it. That way (ekeinh). Feminine for odo (way) is understood. Genitive case with di in composition (diercesqai) or as an adverbial use.