13 And He went out again by the seashore; and (A)all the [a]people were coming to Him, and He was teaching them.

Levi (Matthew) Called

14 (B)As He passed by, He saw [b](C)Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting in the tax office, and He *said to him, (D)Follow Me!” And he got up and followed Him.

15 And it *happened that He was reclining at the table in his house, and many tax collectors and [c]sinners were [d]dining with Jesus and His disciples; for there were many of them, and they were following Him. 16 When (E)the scribes of the Pharisees saw that He was eating with the [e]sinners and tax collectors, they said to His disciples, “(F)Why is He eating with tax collectors and [f]sinners?” 17 And hearing this, Jesus *said to them, (G)It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

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  1. Mark 2:13 Lit crowd
  2. Mark 2:14 Also called Matthew
  3. Mark 2:15 I.e., irreligious Jews
  4. Mark 2:15 Lit reclining with
  5. Mark 2:16 I.e., irreligious Jews
  6. Mark 2:16 I.e., irreligious Jews

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