Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.

Bible References


Matthew 7:21
Not every man who says to me, Lord, Lord, will enter into the kingdom of the heavens, but he who does the will of my Father in the heavens.
Matthew 12:50
For whoever does the will of my Father in the heavens, he is my brother, and sister, and mother.
Ezekiel 33:11
Say to them, As I live, says lord LORD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked man, but that the wicked man turn from his way and live. Turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways, for why will ye die, O house of Israel?
Luke 15:10
Thus I say to you, there becomes joy in the presence of the agents of God over one sinner who repents.
Acts 17:30
Indeed therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God now commands for all men everywhere to repent.
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slack about his promise, as some regard slackness, but is patient toward us, not wanting any to perish, but all to go forward to repentance.

The first

2 Samuel 12:5
And David's anger was greatly kindled against the man, and he said to Nathan, As LORD lives, the man who has done this is worthy to die.
Job 15:6
Thine own mouth condemns thee, and not I. Yes, thine own lips testify against thee.
Luke 7:40
And having responded, Jesus said to him, Simon, I have something to say to thee. And he says, speak Teacher.
Luke 19:22
He says to him, Out of thy mouth I will judge thee, thou evil bondman. Thou had known that I am an austere man taking up what I did not lay down, and reaping what I did not sow.
Romans 3:19
Now we know that as many things as the law says, it says to those in the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become accountable to God.


Matthew 5:18
For truly I say to you, until the heaven and the earth pass away, one iota or one tittle will, no, not pass away from the law, until all things come to pass.
Matthew 6:5
And when thou pray, thou shall not be as the hypocrites, because they love to pray having stood in the synagogues and in the corners of the thoroughfares, so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward.
Matthew 18:3
And he said, Truly I say to you, if ye are not turned, and become as children, ye will, no, not enter into the kingdom of the heavens.

The publicans

Matthew 9:9
And passing forth from there, Jesus saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And he says to him, Follow me. And after rising, he followed him.
Matthew 20:16
So the last will be first, and the first last, for many are called but few chosen.
Luke 7:29
And all the people having heard, and the tax collectors who were immersed the immersion of John, justified God.
Luke 15:1
Now all the tax collectors and sinners were approaching him to hear him.
Luke 19:9
And Jesus said to him, Today salvation has come to this house, forasmuch as he also is a son of Abraham.
Romans 5:20
And the law entered so that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace was more abundant,
Romans 9:30
What will we say then? That the Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness, even the righteousness from faith.
1 Timothy 1:13
the man who was formerly blasphemous, and a persecutor, and an aggressor. But I obtained mercy because I did it being ignorant in unbelief.

General references

Isaiah 1:19
If ye are willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land.
Matthew 19:30
But many first will be last, and last, first.
Mark 2:15
And it came to pass, while he was dining in his house, that many tax collectors and sinners were dining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many, and they followed him.
Mark 10:31
But many first will be last, and the last first.
Luke 3:12
And tax collectors also came to be immersed, and they said to him, Teacher, what should we do?
Luke 5:30
And their scholars and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with the tax collectors and sinners?
Luke 13:30
And behold, there are last who will be first, and there are first who will be last.
Luke 15:1
Now all the tax collectors and sinners were approaching him to hear him.