Call of Levi (Matthew)

27 (A)After that He went out and looked at a tax collector named [a](B)Levi sitting in the tax office, and He said to him, “Follow Me.” 28 And he (C)left everything behind, and got up and began following Him.

29 And (D)Levi gave a big reception for Him in his house; and there was a large crowd of (E)tax collectors and other people who were reclining at the table with them. 30 (F)The Pharisees and their scribes began grumbling to His disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with the tax collectors and [b]sinners?” 31 And Jesus answered and said to them, (G)It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous to repentance, but sinners.”

33 And they said to Him, “(H)The disciples of John often fast and offer prayers, the disciples of the Pharisees also do [c]the same, but Yours eat and drink.” 34 And Jesus said to them, “You cannot make the [d]attendants of the groom fast while the groom is with them, can you? 35 (I)But the days will come; and when the groom is taken away from them, then they will fast in those days.” 36 And He was also telling them a parable: “No one tears a piece of cloth from a new garment and puts it on an old garment; otherwise he will both tear the new, and the patch from the new garment will not match the old.

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  1. Luke 5:27 Also called Matthew
  2. Luke 5:30 I.e., irreligious Jews
  3. Luke 5:33 Lit likewise
  4. Luke 5:34 Lit sons of the bridal chamber