He was anxious to see what sort of man Jesus was; but he could not because of the crowd, for he was short in stature.
So he ran on in front and climbed up a mulberry tree to see Him; for He was about to pass that way.
As soon as Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, "Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for I must stay at your house to-day."
So he came down in haste, and welcomed Him joyfully.
When they all saw this, they began to complain with indignation. "He has gone in to be the guest of a notorious sinner!" they said.
Zacchaeus however stood up, and addressing the Lord said, "Here and now, Master, I give half my property to the poor, and if I have unjustly exacted money from any man, I pledge myself to repay to him four times the amount."
Turning towards him, Jesus replied, "To-day salvation has come to this house, seeing that he too is a son of Abraham.
For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."
As they were listening to His words, He went on to teach them by a parable, because He was near to Jerusalem and they supposed that the Kingdom of God was going to appear immediately.
So He said to them, "A man of noble family travelled to a distant country to obtain the rank of king, and to return.
And he called ten of his servants and gave each of them a pound, instructing them to trade with the money during his absence.