After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. "Follow me,"1 Jesus said to him,
and Levi got up, left everything and followed him.229
Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors3 and others were eating with them.
But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect4 complained to his disciples, "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and 'sinners'?"531
Jesus answered them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.32I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."6
They said to him, "John's disciples7 often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking."
Jesus answered, "Can you make the guests of the bridegroom8 fast while he is with them?35But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them;9 in those days they will fast."36
He told them this parable: "No one tears a patch from a new garment and sews it on an old one. If he does, he will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old.37And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined.38No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins.39And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, 'The old is better.' "