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 one saying to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of the heavens; but he doing the will of my Father who is in the heavens.
Matthew 12:50
For whoever should do the will of my Father, him in the heavens, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
Ezekiel 33:11
Say to them, I live, says the Lord Jehovah, if I shall delight in the death of the unjust; but in the turning back of the unjust one from his way, and he lived: turn back, turn back from your evil ways: and wherefore will ye die, O house of Israel?
Luke 15:10
So, I say to you, joy is in heaven before the messengers of God for one sinful changing the mind.
Acts 17:30
Therefore truly, God having overlooked the times of ignorance, now announces to all men everywhere to repent:
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord puts not off the solemn promise, as some deem slowness; but is lonsuffering to us, not willing any to perish, but all should have room for repentance.

The first

2 Samuel 12:5
And David's anger will kindle against the man greatly, and he will say to Nathan, Jehovah lives, for the man doing this is the son of death.
Job 15:6
Thy mouth will condemn thee, and not I: and thy lips will testify against thee.
Luke 7:40
And Jesus having answered, said to him, Simon, I have something to say to thee. And he says, Teacher, speak.
Luke 19:22
And he said to him, Out of thy month will I judge thee, O evil servant. Thou knewest that I am an austere man, taking up what I laid not down, and reaping what I sowed not:
Romans 3:19
And we know that whatever says the law, it speaks to them in the law: that every mouth be shut, and all the world be culpable to God.


Matthew 5:18
For verily I say to you, Till heaven pass away, and earth, one iota, or one mark, should not pass away from the law, till all should be
Matthew 6:5
And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites; for they love in the assemblies, and in the corners of the broad ways to stand praying, so that they might appear to men. Verily I say to you, that they have their reward.
Matthew 18:3
And said, Truly I say to you, Except ye be turned, and become as young children, ye should not come into the kingdom of the heavens.

The publicans

Matthew 9:9
And Jesus, passing away from thence, saw a man sitting by the custom-house, being called Matthew, and he says to him, Follow me; and having risen he followed him.
Matthew 20:16
So shall the last be first, and the first last; for many are called, but few chosen.
Luke 7:29
And all the people having heard, and the publicans, justified God, having been immersed with the immersion of John.
Luke 15:1
And all publicans and sinful were drawing near him to hear him.
Luke 19:9
And Jesus said to him, That to day salvation has been to this house, as he is also a son of Abraham.
Romans 5:20
And the law entered, that the fall might abound. And where sin abounded, grace superabounded:
Romans 9:30
What then shall we say? That the nations, not following justice, overtook justice, and the justice of faith.
1 Timothy 1:13
Being before slandering, expelling, and an abuser: but I was commiserated, because I did, not knowing, in unbelief.

General references

Isaiah 1:19
If ye shall be willing and hear, ye shall eat the good of the land.
Matthew 19:30
And many first shall be last, and the last first.
Mark 2:15
And it was in his reclining at table in his house, and many publicans and sinful reclined together with Jesus and his disciples: for they were many, and they followed him.
Mark 10:31
And many first shall be last; and the last first.
Luke 3:12
And publicans came to be immersed, and said to him, Teacher, what shall we do?
Luke 5:30
And the scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Wherefore eat and drink ye with publicans and sinful?
Luke 13:30
And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.
Luke 15:1
And all publicans and sinful were drawing near him to hear him.