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
It is not everyone who says to me 'Lord! Lord!' who will get into the Kingdom of Heaven, but only those who do the will of my Father in heaven.
Matthew 12:50
For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother!"
Luke 15:10
In just that way, I tell you, there is joy among the angels of God over one sinful person who repents!"
Acts 17:30
While God overlooked those times of ignorance, he now calls upon all men everywhere to repent,
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow about his promise, in the sense that some men think; he is really showing his patience with you, because he does not want any to perish, but wishes all men to be brought to repentance.

The first

Luke 7:40
Jesus answered him, and said to him, "Simon, there is something I want to say to you." He said, "Proceed, Master."
Luke 19:22
He said to him, 'Out of your own mouth I will convict you, you wretched slave! You knew, did you, that I was a stern man, and that I pick up what I did not lay down, and harvest what I did not sow?
Romans 3:19
Now we know that everything the Law says is addressed to those under its authority, so that every mouth may be shut, and the whole world be made accountable to God.


Matthew 5:18
For I tell you, as long as heaven and earth endure, not one dotting of an i or crossing of a t will be dropped from the Law until it is all observed.
Matthew 6:5
"When you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites, for they like to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the squares, to let people see them. I tell you, that is the only reward they will get!
Matthew 18:3
and he said, "I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven at all.

The publicans

Matthew 9:9
Afterward, as Jesus was passing along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tollhouse, and he said to him, "Follow me!" And he got up and followed him.
Matthew 20:16
So those who are last now will be first then, and those who are first will be last."
Luke 7:29
And all the people, even the tax-collectors, when they heard him, acknowledged the justice of God's demands, by accepting baptism from John,
Luke 15:1
All the tax-collectors and irreligious people were crowding up to hear him.
Luke 19:9
Jesus said to him, "Salvation has come to this house today, for he too is a descendant of Abraham.
Romans 5:20
Then law slipped in, and multiplied the offense. But greatly as sin multiplied, God's mercy has far surpassed it,
Romans 9:30
Then what do we conclude? That heathen who were not striving for uprightness attained it, that is, an uprightness which was produced by faith;
1 Timothy 1:13
though I once used to abuse, persecute, and insult him. But he had mercy on me, because I had acted in ignorance and unbelief,

General references

Matthew 19:30
But many who are first now will be last then, and many who are now last will be first.
Mark 2:15
He was at table in his house, with many tax-collectors and irreligious people who were at table with him and his disciples, for there were many of them among his followers.
Mark 10:31
But many who are first now will be last then, and the last will be first."
Luke 3:12
Even tax-collectors came to be baptized, and they said to him, "Master, what ought we to do?"
Luke 5:30
And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled about it to his disciples, and said, "Why do you eat and drink with tax-collectors and irreligious people?"
Luke 13:30
There are those now last who will then be first, and there are those now first who will be last."
Luke 15:1
All the tax-collectors and irreligious people were crowding up to hear him.