HCSBHolman Christian Standard Bible
15While He was reclining at the table in Levi’s house, many tax collectors # Lk 3:12; 18:13 and sinners # Mt 9:10; 1Tm 1:15 were also guests # Lit reclining (at the table); at important meals the custom was to recline on a mat at a low table and lean on the left elbow. # Mt 14:9; Rm 12:13 with Jesus and His disciples, because there were many who were following Him. 16When the scribes # Mt 2:4 of the Pharisees # Other mss read scribes and Pharisees # Mk 7:3 saw that He was eating # Mt 11:18 with sinners # 1Tm 1:15 and tax collectors, # Lk 3:12 they asked His disciples, “Why does He eat # Other mss add and drink with tax collectors and sinners? ”
17When Jesus heard this, He told them, “Those who are well don’t need # Mt 6:8 a doctor, # Col 4:14 but the sick # Lk 5:31 do need one. I didn’t come to call the righteous, # Mt 13:17; Rm 1:17 but sinners.” # Lk 5:32
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