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He went out again by the sea;
all the crowd came to him, and he taught them.
Passing by he saw a tax collector named Levi
sitting at the tax office,
and he said to him, "Follow me."
Standing up he followed him.

Levi made a great banquet for Jesus in his home,
and many tax collectors and sinners were dining
with him and his disciples;
for there were many disciples who followed him.

The scholars and Pharisees seeing that
he was eating with sinners and tax collectors
complained to his disciples,
"Why does he eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?"

Jesus hearing said to them,
"The healthy have no need of a physician, but the ill do.
Go learn what it is: 'I wish mercy and not sacrifice;'
I did not come to call the just, but sinners to repentance."

John's disciples and the Pharisees were fasting,
and they came and said to him,
"Why do John's disciples and the Pharisees' disciples fast,
but your disciples do not fast?"

Jesus said to them, "What sin, then, have I committed,
or in what have I been overcome?
Can the wedding attendants fast
while the bridegroom is with them?
But the days will come
when the bridegroom may be taken away from them,
and then they will fast on that day.

"No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment;
if one does, the new takes fullness from the old,
and a worse tear occurs.

And no one puts new wine into old wineskins;
if one does, the new wine will burst the skins;
the wine would be spilled, and the skins would be ruined;
and old wine is not put into a fresh skin, lest it spoil it.
But new wine must be put into fresh skins,
and both are preserved.
No one having drunk the old wants the new,
for one says, 'The old is good.'"

23. Jesus Dines with Sinners Harmony 23 * Interpretation 23
24. Jesus Answers the Jews Harmony 24 * Synthesis 24 * Interpretation 24

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