Matthew the Tax Collector(A)

13 (B)Then He went out again by the sea; and all the multitude came to Him, and He taught them. 14 (C)As He passed by, He saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, (D)“Follow Me.” So he arose and (E)followed Him.

15 (F)Now it happened, as He was dining in Levi’s house, that many tax collectors and sinners also sat together with Jesus and His disciples; for there were many, and they followed Him. 16 And when the scribes [a]and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, “How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?”

17 When Jesus heard it, He said to them, (G)“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, [b]to repentance.”

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  1. Mark 2:16 NU of the
  2. Mark 2:17 NU omits to repentance

The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Also He spoke this parable to some (A)who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee (B)stood and prayed thus with himself, (C)‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ 13 And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; (D)for everyone who exalts himself will be [a]humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

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  1. Luke 18:14 put down

Now (A)John himself was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was (B)locusts and (C)wild honey. (D)Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him (E)and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, (F)“Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from (G)the wrath to come? Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not think to say to yourselves, (H)‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. 10 And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. (I)Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

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34 (A)Brood[a] of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? (B)For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

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  1. Matthew 12:34 Offspring

20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds (A)the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

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10 As it is written:

(A)“There is none righteous, no, not one;

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20 Therefore (A)by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

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28 Therefore we conclude (A)that a man is [a]justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law.

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  1. Romans 3:28 declared righteous

Abraham Justified by Faith(A)

What then shall we say that (B)Abraham our (C)father[a] has found according to the flesh? For if Abraham was (D)justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? (E)“Abraham believed God, and it was [b]accounted to him for righteousness.” Now (F)to him who works, the wages are not counted [c]as grace but as debt.

David Celebrates the Same Truth

But to him who (G)does not work but believes on Him who justifies (H)the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness,

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  1. Romans 4:1 Or (fore)father according to the flesh has found?
  2. Romans 4:3 imputed, credited, reckoned, counted
  3. Romans 4:4 according to

15 (A)This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that (B)Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.

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