Jesus Calls Levi27 a After this he went out and saw b a tax collector named c Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, “Follow me.” 28And d leaving everything, he rose and followed him. 29And Levi made him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company e of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them. 30And the Pharisees and f their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying g “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” 31And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32 h I have not come to call the righteous i but sinners j to repentance.”
A Question About Fasting33And they said to him k “The disciples of John l fast often and m offer prayers n and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours eat and drink.” 34And Jesus said to them, o “Can you make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? 35 p The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and q then they will fast in those days.” 36He also told them a parable: “No one tears a piece from a new garment and puts it on an old garment. If he does, he will tear the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old. 37And no one puts new wine into old r wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. 38But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins.
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