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Matthew 9:9
And as Jesus passed forth from there, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said to him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.
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Matthew 10:3
Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus;
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Mark 2:14
And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said to him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him.
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Luke 5:27
And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said to him, Follow me.
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The Call of Matthew - the Saviour's Welcome to Sinners - Rabbinic ...
... the Gabbai the superior, and the Mokhes the subordinate, tax-collector. ... Hence the
publicans' were not subordinates, but direct officials of the ... Matthew 9:14-17 ...
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Extracts No. X.
... Papias,' says Priestly, 'was a great collector of the ... 5:7, xviii.6. as the writing
of St Matthew, but as ... good would result from it; it would be a tax upon time ...
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