Luke 5:32

32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

Luke 5:32 in Other Translations

KJV
32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
ESV
32 I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance."
NLT
32 I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.”
MSG
32 I'm here inviting outsiders, not insiders - an invitation to a changed life, changed inside and out."
CSB
32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."

Luke 5:32 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 5:32

I came not to call the righteous
Such as the Scribes and Pharisees were in their own apprehension, and in the esteem of others, who trusted in themselves, that they were righteous, and submitted not to the righteousness of Christ: these Christ came not to call by his grace, and therefore did not associate himself with them: but sinners to repentance; such as the publicans, and others, with them, were; and therefore he was chiefly with such, and chose to be among them: these he not only called to repentance by the outward ministry of the word, but brought them to it; he having power to bestow the grace of repentance, as well as to call to the duty of it; (See Gill on Matthew 9:13). (See Gill on Mark 2:17).

Luke 5:32 In-Context

30 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”
31 Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.
32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
33 They said to him, “John’s disciples often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking.”
34 Jesus answered, “Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while he is with them?

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