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Matthew 9:10-11 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

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?”

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.

Matthew 21:31-32 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

31 “Which of the two did his father’s will?”

“The first,” they said.

Jesus said to them, “I assure you: Tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you! 32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you didn’t believe him. Tax collectors and prostitutes did believe him, but you, when you saw it, didn’t even change your minds then and believe him.

Luke 5:29-30 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Dining with Sinners

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. 30 But the Pharisees and their scribes were complaining to His disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 5:29 Lit 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.

Luke 7:29 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

29 (And when all the people, including the tax collectors, heard this, they acknowledged God’s way of righteousness,[a] because they had been baptized with John’s baptism.

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 7:29 Lit they justified God

Luke 15:1 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

15 All the tax collectors and sinners were approaching to listen to Him.

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