Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Jesus replied, "Have you not read what King David did when he and his men were hungry? [I Sam. 21:6]
And He answered them, "Have you not read [Gen. 1:27; 5:2] that when God created [mankind as] male and female,
Jesus [then] said to the leading priests and elders of the Jewish people, "Did you not ever read in the Scriptures [Psa. 118:22-23], 'The building block rejected by the builders is the same one that was made the principal stone by which the entire building was aligned. This was planned by the Lord and is a marvelous thing to us'?
But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what God spoke to you, saying, [Ex. 3:6]
But concerning those who are raised from the dead, have you never read in the book of Moses, in the incident about the bush, how God spoke to him, saying [Ex. 3:6], 'I am Abraham's God, and Isaac's God, and Jacob's God?'
And Jesus said to him, "What is written in the law of Moses? How do you read it?"
Jesus replied to them, "Is it not written in your law [Psa. 82:6], 'I said, you people are gods'?
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When Jesus heard [about] this, He said to them, "People who are healthy do not need a doctor, but [only] sick people do. I did not come to call those who do right, but sinners [instead]."
I did not come to call those who are doing right to repent [i.e., to change their hearts and lives], but [only those who are] sinners."
So, Jesus told them this parable, saying,
For the Son of man came to search for and save those who were lost."
as it is written [Psa. 14:1ff; 53:1ff], "No one [always] does what is right; not even one person.
1 Corinthians 6:9
Or, do you not know that evil people will not possess God's kingdom? Do not be misled: neither will sexually immoral people, nor idolaters, nor those who are sexually unfaithful to their mates, nor homosexual perverts. [Note: The Greek uses two words here, denoting both the passive and active partners in male homosexual acts].
1 Timothy 1:13
[even] though I had previously spoken against Christ, and persecuted [Christians] and acted outrageously. However, I obtained mercy because I acted out of ignorance, not believing [in Christ].