He 1enteredJericho and was passingthrough.
And there was a mancalled by the name of Zaccheus ; he was a chieftaxcollector and he was rich.
Zaccheus was trying to seewhoJesus was, and was unablebecause of the crowd, for he was small in stature.
4So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a a2sycamoretree in order to see Him, for He was about to passthrough that way.
5WhenJesuscame to the place, He looked up and said to him, "Zaccheus, hurry and comedown, for today I muststay at your house."6
And he hurried and camedown and received Him bgladly.
When they saw it, they all began to grumble, saying, "He has gonecto be the guest of a man who is a sinner."
8Zaccheusstopped and said to 3the Lord, "Behold, Lord, half of my possessions I dwill give to the poor, and if I have 4defraudedanyone of anything, I ewill giveback5fourtimes as much."
And Jesussaid to him, "Todaysalvation has come to thishouse, because he, too, is 6a son of Abraham.10"For 7the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."
While they were listening to thesethings, Jesus went on to tell a parable, because8He was nearJerusalem, and they supposed that 9the kingdom of God was going to appearimmediately.
12So He said, "10A noblemanwent to a distantcountry to receive a kingdom for himself, and then return.13"And he calledten of his slaves, and gave them tenfminas and said to them, 'Dobusiness with this guntil I come back.'14"But his citizenshated him and sentha delegationafter him, saying, 'We do not wantthisman to reignover us.'15"When he returned, after receiving the kingdom, he ordered that theseslaves, to whom he had given the money, be called to him so that he might knowwhatbusiness they had done.16"The firstappeared, saying, 'iMaster, your jmina has madetenminasmore.'17"And he said to him, 'Welldone, goodslave, because you have been11faithful in a verylittlething, you are to be in authorityovertencities.'18"The secondcame, saying, 'Your kmina, lmaster, has madefiveminas.'19"And he said to him also, 'And you are to be overfivecities.'20"Anothercame, saying, 'Master, here is your mina, which I keptputaway in a handkerchief ;21for I was afraid of you, because you are an exactingman ; you take up what you did not laydown and reapwhat you did not sow.'22"He said to him, 'mBy your own words I will judge you, you worthlessslave. Did you know that I am an exactingman, taking up what I did not laydown and reapingwhat I did not sow ?23'Thenwhy did you not put my money in the bank, and having come, I would have collected it with interest ?'24"Then he said to the bystanders, 'Take the minaaway from him and give it to the one who has the tenminas.'25"And they said to him, 'Master, he hastenminas already.'26"12I tell you that to everyone who has, more shall be given, but from the one who does not have, evenwhat he does have shall be takenaway.27"But 13theseenemies of mine, who did not want me to reignover them, bring them here and 14slay them in my presence."