1 Yeshua entered Yericho and was passing through,
2 when a man named Zakkai appeared who was a chief tax-collector and a wealthy man.
3 He was trying to see who Yeshua was; but, being short, he couldn't, because of the crowd.
4 So he ran on ahead and climbed a fig tree in order to see him, for Yeshua was about to pass that way.
5 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!"
6 He climbed down as fast as he could and welcomed Yeshua joyfully.
7 Everyone who saw it began muttering, "He has gone to be the house-guest of a sinner."
8 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."
9 Yeshua said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, inasmuch as this man too is a son of Avraham.
10 For the Son of Man came to seek and save what was lost."