13 Jesus[a] went out again beside the sea. The whole crowd kept coming to him, and he kept teaching them. 14 As he was walking along, he saw Levi, the son of Alphaeus, sitting at the tax collector’s desk. Jesus[b] told him, “Follow me!” So Levi[c] got up and followed him.
15 Later, he was having dinner at Levi’s[d] house. Many tax collectors and sinners were also eating with Jesus and his disciples, because there were many who were following him. 16 When the scribes and the Pharisees saw him eating with sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples, “Why does he eat and drink[e] with tax collectors and sinners?”
17 When Jesus heard that, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a physician, but sick ones do. I did not come to call righteous people, but sinners.”
27 After that, Jesus[a] went out and saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the tax collector’s desk. He told him, “Follow me!”28 So Levi[b] left everything behind, got up, and followed him.
29 Later, Levi gave a large banquet at his home for Jesus.[c] A large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. 30 The Pharisees and their scribes started complaining to Jesus’[d] disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”
31 But Jesus answered them, “Healthy people don’t need a physician, but sick people do.32 I have not come to call righteous people, but sinners, to repentance.”
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