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Jesus and Zacchaeus

19 As Jesus[a] entered Jericho and was passing through it, a man named Zacchaeus appeared. He was a leading tax collector, and a rich one at that! He was trying to see who Jesus was, but he couldn’t do so due to the crowd, since he was a short man. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see Jesus,[b] who was going to pass that way.

When Jesus came to the tree,[c] he looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down! I must stay at your house today.” Zacchaeus[d] came down quickly and was glad to welcome him into his home.[e]

But all the people who saw this began to complain: “Jesus[f] is going to be the guest of a notorious[g] sinner!”

Later, Zacchaeus stood up and announced to the Lord, “Look! I’m giving half of my possessions to the destitute, and if I have accused anyone falsely, I’m repaying four times as much as I owe.”[h]

Then Jesus told him, “Today salvation has come to this home, because this man[i] is also a descendant of Abraham,

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  1. Luke 19:1 Lit. he
  2. Luke 19:4 Lit. him
  3. Luke 19:5 Lit. to the place
  4. Luke 19:6 Lit. He
  5. Luke 19:6 The Gk. lacks into his home
  6. Luke 19:7 Lit. He
  7. Luke 19:7 The Gk. lacks notorious
  8. Luke 19:8 The Gk. lacks as much as I owe; cf. Exod 22:1, 2 Sam 12:6
  9. Luke 19:9 Lit. because he