When the scribes of the Pharisees saw that He was eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they said to His disciples, “ Why is He eating and drinking with tax collectors and sinners?”
And there occurred a great uproar; and some of the scribes of the Pharisaic party stood up and began to argue heatedly, saying, “ We find nothing wrong with this man; suppose a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?”
“Who say, ‘ Keep to yourself, do not come near me, For I am holier than you!’ These are smoke in My nostrils, A fire that burns all the day.
When the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples, “ Why is your Teacher eating with the tax collectors and sinners?”
If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.
“Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming; who can forgive sins but God alone?”
Both the Pharisees and the scribes began to grumble, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”
The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.
When they saw it, they all began to grumble, saying, “He has gone to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.”
For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one.
For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.