Now all the tax collectors and the sinners were coming near Him to listen to Him.
Then it happened that as Jesus was reclining at the table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were dining with Jesus and His disciples.
Again, when a wicked man turns away from his wickedness which he has committed and practices justice and righteousness, he will save his life.
“But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go work today in the vineyard.’
And Levi gave a big reception for Him in his house; and there was a great crowd of tax collectors and other people who were reclining at the table with them.
When all the people and the tax collectors heard this, they acknowledged God’s justice, having been baptized with the baptism of John.
And behold, some are last who will be first and some are first who will be last.”
The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,
It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.