Luke 5:27

Jesus Calls Levi

27 1After this he went out and saw 2a tax collector named 3Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, "Follow me."

Luke 5:27 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 5:27

And after these things he went forth
After his discourse with the Scribes and Pharisees, and his healing of the man, sick with the palsy, he went forth from the city of Capernaum, to the sea side; not only for retirement and recreation, after the work of the day hitherto, but in order to meet with, and call one that was to be a disciple of his:

and saw a publican named Levi
who is said to be the son of Alphaeus, ( Mark 2:14 ) and so it is said to be in Beza's ancient copy here; and who was also called Matthew, see ( Matthew 9:9 )

sitting at the receipt of custom;
at the place where custom was received, and toll taken, near the sea side, of such that went over. The Syriac and Persic versions read, "sitting among publicans", of which business he himself was; and these might be his servants under him, or partners with him; (See Gill on Mark 2:14)

and he said unto him, follow me:
of all the publicans that were there, he singled out Levi, or Matthew, and directed his discourse to him, and called him to be a follower of him: an instance of powerful, special, and distinguishing grace this; (See Gill on Matthew 9:9).

Luke 5:27 In-Context

25 And immediately he rose up before them and picked up what he had been lying on and went home, glorifying God.
26 And amazement seized them all, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, "We have seen extraordinary things today."
27 After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, "Follow me."
28 And leaving everything, he rose and followed him.
29 And Levi made him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them.

Cross References 3

  • 1. For ver. 27-38, see Matthew 9:9-17; Mark 2:14-22
  • 2. Matthew 11:19; See Matthew 5:46
  • 3. [Matthew 9:9]
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