Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.

The publicans

Bible References


Matthew 3:1
In those days John the Baptist appeared, and preached in the desert of Judea.
Luke 3:8
Then produce fruit that will be consistent with your professed repentance! And do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham for our forefather,' for I tell you, God can produce descendants for Abraham right out of these stones!
2 Peter 2:21
For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of uprightness than after knowing it to have turned their backs upon the sacred command with which they had been intrusted.

And ye believed

Matthew 21:25
Where did John's baptism come from? Was it from heaven, or from men?" And they argued with one another, "If we say, 'It was from heaven,' he will say to us, 'Then why did you not believe him?'
Matthew 11:18
For when John came, he neither ate nor drank, and people said, 'He has a demon!'
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,
John 5:33
You yourselves sent to John, and he testified to the truth.
Acts 13:25
Toward the end of his career, John said, 'What do you suppose that I am? I am not he! No! Someone is coming after me, the shoes on whose feet I am not fit to untie!'

The publicans

Luke 7:37
Now there was a woman in the town who was leading a sinful life, and when she learned that he was having dinner at the Pharisee's house, she got an alabaster flask of perfume,


John 5:37
and my Father who has sent me has thus borne witness to me. You have never heard his voice or seen his form,
2 Timothy 2:25
correcting his opponents with gentleness; for God may possibly let them repent and acknowledge the truth,
Hebrews 3:12
See to it, my brothers, that no one of you has a wicked, unbelieving heart, that turns away from the ever-living God,
Hebrews 6:6
and yet have fallen back, for they crucify the Son of God on their own account, and hold him up to contempt.
Revelation 2:21
I have given her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her immorality.

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.
Luke 1:16
and he will turn many of Israel's descendants to the Lord their God.
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 12:57
Why do you not decide what is right yourselves?