Yeshua entered Yericho and was passing through,
when a man named Zakkai appeared who was a chief tax-collector and a wealthy man.
He was trying to see who Yeshua was; but, being short, he couldn't, because of the crowd.
So he ran on ahead and climbed a fig tree in order to see him, for Yeshua was about to pass that way.
When he came to the place, he looked up and said to him, "Zakkai! Hurry! Come down, because I have to stay at your house today!"
He climbed down as fast as he could and welcomed Yeshua joyfully.
Everyone who saw it began muttering, "He has gone to be the house-guest of a sinner."
But Zakkai stood there and said to the Lord, "Here, Lord, I am giving half of all I own to the poor; and if I have cheated anyone, I will pay him back four times as much."
Yeshua said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, inasmuch as this man too is a son of Avraham.
For the Son of Man came to seek and save what was lost."