14 Then, passing by, he saw Levi(A) the son of Alphaeus sitting at the toll booth,(B) and he said to him, “Follow me,”(C) and he got up and followed(D) him.

15 While he was reclining at the table in Levi’s house, many tax collectors(E) and sinners(F) were eating[a] with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who were following him. 16 When the scribes(G) who were Pharisees[b](H) saw that he was eating(I) with sinners(J) and tax collectors,(K) they asked his disciples, “Why does he eat[c] with tax collectors and sinners?”

17 When Jesus heard this, he told them, “It is not those who are well who need(L) a doctor,(M) but those who are sick.(N) I didn’t come to call the righteous,(O) but sinners.”(P)

A Question about Fasting

18 Now(Q) John’s(R) disciples(S) and the Pharisees[d](T) were fasting.(U) People came and asked him, “Why do John’s disciples and the Pharisees’ disciples fast, but your disciples do not fast?”

19 Jesus said to them, “The wedding guests cannot fast while the groom(V) is with them, can they? As long as they have the groom with them, they cannot fast. 20 But the time[e] will come(W) when the groom will be taken away from them,(X) and then they will fast(Y) on that day. 21 No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. Otherwise, the new patch pulls away from the old cloth,(Z) and a worse tear is made. 22 And no one puts new wine(AA) into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst(AB) the skins, and the wine is lost as well as the skins. No, new wine is put into fresh wineskins.”

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Footnotes

  1. 2:15 Lit reclining together
  2. 2:16 Other mss read scribes and Pharisees
  3. 2:16 Other mss add and drink
  4. 2:18 Other mss read The disciples of John and of the Pharisees
  5. 2:20 Or the days

The Call of Levi

27 After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the tax office,(A) and he said to him, “Follow me.” 28 So, leaving everything behind, he got up and began to follow him.

29 Then Levi hosted a grand banquet for him at his house. Now there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others who were guests[a] with them.(B) 30 But the Pharisees and their scribes(C) were complaining to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”

31 Jesus replied to them, “It is not those who are healthy who need a doctor, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

A Question about Fasting

33 Then they said to him, “John’s disciples fast often and say prayers, and those of the Pharisees do the same, but yours eat and drink.”[b]

34 Jesus said to them, “You can’t make the wedding guests fast while the groom is with them, can you? 35 But the time[c] will come(D) when the groom will be taken away from them—then they will fast in those days.”

36 He also told them a parable: “No one tears a patch from a new garment and puts it on an old garment. Otherwise, not only will he tear the new, but also the piece from the new garment will not match the old. 37 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins, it will spill, and the skins will be ruined. 38 No, new wine is put into fresh wineskins.[d]

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Footnotes

  1. 5:29 Lit were reclining
  2. 5:33 Other mss read “Why do John’s... drink?” (as a question)
  3. 5:35 Lit days
  4. 5:38 Other mss add And so both are preserved.

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