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 everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter into the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 12:50
For whoever does the will of my Father [who is] in heaven, he is my brother and sister and mother."
Ezekiel 33:11
Say to them, '{As I live},' {declares} the Lord Yahweh, '{Surely I have no delight} in the death of the wicked, {except} in [the] wicked returning from his way, and he lives. Turn back! Turn back from your ways, O evil [ones], for why should you die, house of Israel?'
Luke 15:10
In the [same] way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."
Acts 17:30
Therefore [although] God has overlooked the times of ignorance, he now commands all people everywhere to repent,
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not delaying the promise, as some consider slowness, but is being patient toward you, [because he] does not want any to perish, but all to come to repentance.

The first

2 Samuel 12:5
Then {the anger of David was kindled} against the man, and he said to Nathan, "{As Yahweh lives}, the man who has done this {deserves to die}!
Job 15:6
Your mouth condemns you, and not I; and your lips testify against you.
Luke 7:40
And Jesus answered [and] said to him, "Simon, I have something to say to you." And he said, "Teacher, say [it]."
Luke 19:22
He said to him, '{By your own words} I will judge you, wicked slave! You knew that I am a severe man, withdrawing what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow.
Romans 3:19
Now we know that whatever the law says, it speaks to those under the law, in order that every mouth may be closed and the whole world may become accountable to God.


Matthew 5:18
For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one tiny letter or one stroke of a letter will pass away from the law until all takes place.
Matthew 6:5
And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, because they love to stand [and] pray in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, in order that they may be seen by people. Truly I say to you, they have received their reward in full!
Matthew 18:3
and said, "Truly I say to you, unless you turn around and become like young children, you will never enter into the kingdom of heaven!

The publicans

Matthew 9:9
And [as] Jesus was going away from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth and said to him, "Follow me!" And he stood up [and] followed him.
Matthew 20:16
Thus the last will be first and the first last."
Luke 7:29
(And all the people, [when they] heard [this]--even the tax collectors--affirmed the righteousness of God, [because they] had been baptized [with] the baptism of John,
Luke 15:1
Now all the tax collectors and the sinners were drawing near to hear him.
Luke 19:9
And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham.
Romans 5:20
Now the law came in as a side issue, in order that the trespass could increase, but where sin increased, grace was present in greater abundance,
Romans 9:30
What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness--even the righteousness [that is] by faith.
1 Timothy 1:13
[although I] was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, but I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief,

General references

Isaiah 1:19
If you are willing and you are obedient, you shall eat the good of the land.
Matthew 19:30
But many [who are] first will be last, and the last first.
Mark 2:15
And it happened that he {was dining} in his house, and many tax collectors and sinners {were dining with} Jesus and his disciples, for there were many and they were following him.
Mark 10:31
But many [who are] first will be last, and the last first."
Luke 3:12
And tax collectors also came to be baptized, and they said to him, "Teacher, what should we do?"
Luke 5:30
And the Pharisees and their scribes began to complain to his disciples, saying, "Why do you eat and drink with the tax collectors and sinners?"
Luke 13:30
And behold, [some] are last who will be first, and [some] are first who will be last."
Luke 15:1
Now all the tax collectors and the sinners were drawing near to hear him.