Matthew 21:31
Which of the two did the will of his father?" "The first," they answered. Jesus said to them, "Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you.
Cross References
Matthew 5:46
If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Do not even tax collectors do the same?

Matthew 21:30
Then the man went to the second son and told him the same thing. 'I will, sir,' he said. But he did not go.

Luke 7:29
All the people who heard this, even the tax collectors, acknowledged God's justice. For they had received the baptism of John.

Luke 7:37
When a sinful woman from that town learned that Jesus was dining there, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume.

John 3:3
Jesus replied, "Truly, truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again."

John 3:5
Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Matthew 7:21
Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord, ' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father in heaven.

Matthew 12:50
For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother."

Ezekiel 33:11
Say to them: 'As surely as I live, declares the Lord GOD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked should turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?'

Luke 15:10
In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of God's angels over one sinner who repents."

Acts 17:30
Although God overlooked the ignorance of earlier times, He now commands all men everywhere to repent.

2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some understand slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance.

The first.

2 Samuel 12:5-7
David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan: "As surely as the LORD lives, the man who did this deserves to die! . . .

Job 15:6
Your own mouth condemns you, not mine; your own lips testify against you.

Luke 7:40-42
But Jesus answered him, "Simon, I have something to tell you." "Tell me, Teacher, " he said. . . .

Luke 19:22
His master replied, 'You wicked servant, I will judge you by your own words. So you knew that I am a harsh man, withdrawing what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow?

Romans 3:19
Now we know that whatever the Law says, it says to those who are under the Law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God.


Matthew 5:18
For I tell you truly, until heaven and earth pass away, not a single jot, not a stroke of a pen, will disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.

Matthew 6:5
And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. Truly I tell you, they already have their reward.

Matthew 18:3
"Truly I tell you, " He said, "unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

the publicans.

Matthew 9:9
As Jesus went on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax booth. "Follow Me, " He told him, and Matthew got up and followed Him.

Matthew 20:16
So the last will be first, and the first will be last."

Luke 7:29, 37-50
All the people who heard this, even the tax collectors, acknowledged God's justice. For they had received the baptism of John. . . .

Luke 15:1, 2
Now all the tax collectors and sinners were gathering around to listen to Jesus. . . .

Luke 19:9, 10
Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because this man too is a son of Abraham. . . .

Romans 5:20
The Law was given so that the trespass would increase; but where sin increased, grace increased all the more,

Romans 9:30-33
What then will we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; . . .

1 Timothy 1:13-16
I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a violent man; yet because I had acted in ignorance and unbelief, I was shown mercy. . . .

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