Jesus Calls Matthew
f As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, "Follow Me." So he arose and followed Him.
g Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples.
And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, "Why does your Teacher eat with h tax collectors and i sinners?"
When Jesus heard that, He said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.
"But go and learn what this means: j 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice.' For I did not come to call the righteous, k but sinners, to repentance."
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
As He passed by, He saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, "Follow Me." So he arose and followed Him.
After these things He went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, "Follow Me.
Now it happened, as He was dining in Levi's house, that many tax collectors and sinners also sat together with Jesus and His disciples; for there were many, and they followed Him.
Then Levi gave Him a great feast in his own house. And there were a great number of tax collectors and others who sat down with them.
"The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' But wisdom is justified by her children."
And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, "How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?
And their scribes and the Pharisees complained against His disciples, saying, "Why do You eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?
And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, "This Man receives sinners and eats with them.
We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles.
For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
Micah 6:6 - 8
With what shall I come before the LORD, And bow myself before the High God? Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings, With calves a year old?
But if you had known what this means, 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the guiltless.
When Jesus heard it, He said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.
"I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance."
1 Timothy 1:15
This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.