Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
And while He was reclining at table, a large number of tax-gathers and notorious sinners were of the party with Jesus and His disciples.
Which of the two did as his father desired?" "The first," they said. "I solemnly tell you,' replied Jesus, "that the tax-gatherers and the notorious sinners are entering the Kingdom of God in front of you.
Levi also gave a great entertainment at his house in honour of Jesus, and there was a large party of tax-gatherers and others at table with them.
With these He came down till He reached a level place, where there was a great crowd of His disciples, and a multitude of people from every part of Judaea, from Jerusalem, and from the sea-side district of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear Him and to be cured of their diseases;
Now the tax-gatherers and the notorious sinners were everywhere in the habit of coming close to Him to listen to Him;