Mark 2:13-16 J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)
13 Then Jesus went out again by the lake-side and the whole crowd came to him, and he continued to teach them.
Jesus now calls “a sinner” to follow him
14 As Jesus went on his way, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at his desk in the tax office and he said to him, “Follow me!”
15-16 Levi got up and followed him. Later, when Jesus was sitting at dinner in Levi’s house, a large number of tax-collectors and disreputable folk came in and joined him and his disciples. For there were many such people among his followers. When the scribes and Pharisees saw him eating in the company of tax-collectors and outsiders, they remarked to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax-collectors and sinners?”