Luke 15:2
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New International Version
But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them."

New Living Translation
This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such sinful people--even eating with them!

English Standard Version
And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”

Berean Study Bible
So the Pharisees and scribes began to grumble: "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them."

Berean Literal Bible
And both the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling saying, "This man receives sinners and eats with them."

New American Standard Bible
Both the Pharisees and the scribes began to grumble, saying, "This man receives sinners and eats with them."

King James Bible
And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And the Pharisees and scribes were complaining, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them!"

International Standard Version
But the Pharisees and the scribes kept complaining, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them."

NET Bible
But the Pharisees and the experts in the law were complaining, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them."

New Heart English Bible
The Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, "This man welcomes sinners, and eats with them."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the Scribes and Pharisees were complaining and they were saying, “This one receives sinners, and he eats with them.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But the Pharisees and the scribes complained, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them."

New American Standard 1977
And both the Pharisees and the scribes began to grumble, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receives sinners and eats with them.

King James 2000 Bible
And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receives sinners, and eats with them.

American King James Version
And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receives sinners, and eats with them.

American Standard Version
And both the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying: This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.

Darby Bible Translation
and the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, This [man] receives sinners and eats with them.

English Revised Version
And both the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.

Weymouth New Testament
and this led the Pharisees and the Scribes indignantly to complain, saying, "He gives a welcome to notorious sinners, and joins them at their meals!"

World English Bible
The Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, "This man welcomes sinners, and eats with them."

Young's Literal Translation
and the Pharisees and the scribes were murmuring, saying -- This one doth receive sinners, and doth eat with them.'
Study Bible
The Parable of the Lost Sheep
1Now all the tax collectors and sinners were gathering around to listen to Jesus. 2So the Pharisees and scribes began to grumble: “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” 3Then Jesus told them this parable:…
Cross References
Matthew 9:11
When the Pharisees saw this, they asked His disciples, "Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?"

Matthew 11:19
The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Look at this glutton and drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and of sinners!' But wisdom is vindicated by her actions."

Luke 5:30
But the Pharisees and their scribes complained to Jesus' disciples, "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?"

Luke 15:3
Then Jesus told them this parable:

1 Timothy 1:15
This is a trustworthy saying, worthy of full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the worst.
Treasury of Scripture

And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receives sinners, and eats with them.

Luke 15:29,30 And he answering said to his father, See, these many years do I serve …

Luke 5:30 But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, …

Luke 7:34,39 The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and you say, Behold a …

Luke 19:7 And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone …

Matthew 9:11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to his disciples, Why eats …

Acts 11:3 Saying, You went in to men uncircumcised, and did eat with them.

1 Corinthians 5:9-11 I wrote to you in an letter not to company with fornicators…

Galatians 2:12 For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: …

(2) And the Pharisees and scribes . . .--Here, too, we may well believe that the speakers were some of the guests of Luke 14:15. They had followed Him to see what He would do, and were at once startled and shocked to find the Teacher who had spoken so sternly to those who were professedly godly, not only talking to, but eating with, those who were, at any rate, regarded as ungodly and sinful.

And the Pharisees and Scribes murmured,.... When they saw the easy access these wicked men had to Christ; and that he stopped and stayed with them, and very freely imparted instructions to them: saying,

this man receiveth sinners. The Persic version reads, "publicans and sinners", as in the preceding verse: the word "man" is not in the original text, it is only "this"; which is to be understood not by way of eminence, as this great person, this prophet, this master in Israel; but by way of diminution and reproach, this fellow; as it is sometimes supplied: the word "man" be very rightly inserted, for they took him to be a mere man; though it is certain he was more than a man, even the true and mighty God; and therefore was able to save those sinners that came to him: and great condescension and grace did he show in receiving them who were "sinners", not only by nature, but by practice; and not merely guilty of common infirmities, but were notorious sinners, covetous, extortioners, oppressors of the poor, and very debauched persons; and such as these Christ "receives": hence no man should be discouraged from coming to Christ, on account of sin; all that do come to him, should come as sinners, for he receives them as such; nor does he receive any for any worthiness there is in them: these persons he received first at his Father's hand, as he did all the elect, as his portion, and to be preserved and saved by him; with all gifts, grace, blessings, and promises for them; and in consequence of this, he receives them upon their coming to him as sinners, into his open love and affection, into his arms; which denotes communion and protection; into his house and family, and not only to hear him preach, or preached, but to converse and eat with him at his table, and even to live by faith upon him; and when he has freed them from all their sins, he will receive them to himself in glory. And there is the greatest reason imaginable to believe, that Christ still does, and will receive sinners; since he came to save the chief of sinners; and has bore their sins, and died for them; and now makes intercession for transgressors; and by the ministers of the word calls sinners to repentance.

And eateth with them; as he did in the houses of Matthew the publican, and of Zaccheus; see Matthew 9:10 each of which occasioned great murmurings among the Pharisees; and who therefore traduced him as a friend of publicans and sinners; and he is indeed so in the best sense: and not only did he eat with them corporeally, but in a spiritual sense, as he still does; admitting them into his house to eat of the provisions of it, to live on him the bread of life, to sup with him, and he with them; and feeding and delighting himself in the exercise of those graces, which he himself is the donor and author of, in them. 2. murmured, saying, etc.—took it ill, were scandalized at Him, and insinuated (on the principle that a man is known by the company he keeps) that He must have some secret sympathy with their character. But oh, what a truth of unspeakable preciousness do their lips, as on other occasions, unconsciously utter., Now follow three parables representing the sinner: (1) in his stupidity; (2) as all-unconscious of his lost condition; (3) knowingly and willingly estranged from God [Bengel]. The first two set forth the seeking love of God; the last, His receiving love [Trench].15:1-10 The parable of the lost sheep is very applicable to the great work of man's redemption. The lost sheep represents the sinner as departed from God, and exposed to certain ruin if not brought back to him, yet not desirous to return. Christ is earnest in bringing sinners home. In the parable of the lost piece of silver, that which is lost, is one piece, of small value compared with the rest. Yet the woman seeks diligently till she finds it. This represents the various means and methods God makes use of to bring lost souls home to himself, and the Saviour's joy on their return to him. How careful then should we be that our repentance is unto salvation!
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