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Matthew 9:9-13 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The Call of Matthew

As Jesus went on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office, and He said to him, “Follow Me!” So he got up and followed Him.

10 While He was reclining at the table in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came as guests to eat[a] with Jesus and His disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked His disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

12 But when He heard this, He said, “Those who are well don’t need a doctor, but the sick do. 13 Go and learn what this means: I desire mercy and not sacrifice.[b] For I didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners.”[c]

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 9:10 Lit came, they were reclining (at the table); at important meals the custom was to recline on a mat at a low table and lean on the left elbow.
  2. Matthew 9:13 Hs 6:6
  3. Matthew 9:13 Other mss add to repentance

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