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Luke 5:27-39 New King James Version (NKJV)

Matthew the Tax Collector

27 After these things He went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” 28 So he left all, rose up, and followed Him.

29 Then Levi gave Him a great feast in his own house. And there were a great number of tax collectors and others who sat down with them. 30 [a]And their scribes and the Pharisees [b]complained against His disciples, saying, “Why do You eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”

31 Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

Jesus Is Questioned About Fasting

33 Then they said to Him, “Why[c] do the disciples of John fast often and make prayers, and likewise those of the Pharisees, but Yours eat and drink?”

34 And He said to them, “Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them? 35 But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them; then they will fast in those days.”

36 Then He spoke a parable to them: “No one [d]puts a piece from a new garment on an old one; otherwise the new makes a tear, and also the piece that was taken out of the new does not match the old. 37 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wineskins will be ruined. 38 But new wine must be put into new wineskins, [e]and both are preserved. 39 And no one, having drunk old wine, [f]immediately desires new; for he says, ‘The old is [g]better.’ ”

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 5:30 NU But the Pharisees and their scribes
  2. Luke 5:30 grumbled
  3. Luke 5:33 NU omits Why do, making the verse a statement
  4. Luke 5:36 NU tears a piece from a new garment and puts it on an old one
  5. Luke 5:38 NU omits and both are preserved
  6. Luke 5:39 NU omits immediately
  7. Luke 5:39 NU good
New King James Version (NKJV)

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