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 booth, and He *said to him, (D)Follow Me!” And he got up and followed Him.

15 And it *[c]happened that He was reclining at the table in his house, and many tax collectors and [d]sinners [e]were 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 sinners and tax collectors, they said to His disciples, “(F)Why is He eating and drinking 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 Lit happens
  4. Mark 2:15 I.e. irreligious Jews
  5. Mark 2:15 Lit were reclining with
  6. Mark 2:16 I.e. irreligious Jews