Luke 15:1

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus.

Luke 15:1 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
1 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.
English Standard Version (ESV)
1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him.
New Living Translation (NLT)
1 Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach.
The Message Bible (MSG)
1 By this time a lot of men and women of doubtful reputation were hanging around Jesus, listening intently.
American Standard Version (ASV)
1 Now all the publicans and sinners were drawing near unto him to hear him.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
1 All the tax collectors and sinners came to listen to Jesus.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
1 All the tax collectors and sinners were approaching to listen to Him.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
1 The tax collectors and "sinners" were all gathering around to hear Jesus.

Luke 15:1 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 15:1

Then drew near to him
To "Jesus", as the Persic and Ethiopic versions express it: this was on the sabbath day, and either when he was in the Pharisee's house, where he was invited to dinner, ( Luke 14:1 ) or rather when he came out of it, when the multitude, who could not come near him whilst there, took the opportunity of gathering about him;

even all the publicans and sinners;
whom the Pharisee would not admit into his house, it being contrary to their traditions to eat, and drink, and converse with persons of such an infamous character; (See Gill on Matthew 9:10) (See Gill on Matthew 9:11) The word "all" is omitted in the Vulgate Latin, Syriac, Persic, and Ethiopic versions; but the Arabic version has it, and the Greek copies; and signifies that there were a very large number of them, even all that were in that place, and in the adjacent cities and towns, that got together

for to hear him,
or "from him", as the Arabic version; or "doctrine" from him, as the Persic version adds: these having heard much of him; and it may be, might be under some remorse of conscience on account of their vicious lives, came to hear him preach.

Luke 15:1 In-Context

1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus.
2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
3 Then Jesus told them this parable:
4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?
5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders

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