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31 Jesus[a] answered them, “Those who are well don’t need a physician, but those who are sick do.[b] 32 I have not come[c] to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”[d]

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  1. Luke 5:31 tn Grk “And Jesus.” Here καί (kai) has not been translated because of differences between Greek and English style.
  2. Luke 5:31 sn Jesus’ point is that he associates with those who are sick because they have the need and will respond to the offer of help. A person who is well (or who thinks mistakenly that he is) will not seek treatment.
  3. Luke 5:32 sn I have not come is another commission statement by Jesus; see 4:43-44.
  4. Luke 5:32 sn Though parallels exist to this saying (Matt 9:13; Mark 2:17), only Luke has this last phrase but sinners to repentance. Repentance is a frequent topic in Luke’s Gospel: 3:3, 8; 13:1-5; 15:7, 10; 16:30; 17:3-4; 24:47.