The apostle Luke writing (God speaking via scripture...The
Word), being partially direct quotes of Jesus having to do with picking Zacchaeus the tax
collector for salvation to
the shock of the "in crowd".
NIV Bible 1973-78: 1 Jesus entered Jericho and
was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of
Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He
wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd.
4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see
him, since Jesus was coming that way.
5 When Jesus reached the spot, he
looked up and said to him, "Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today."
6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.
7 All the people saw this and
began to mutter, "He has gone to be the guest of a 'sinner.' "
8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said
to the Lord, "Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have
cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount."
9 Jesus said to him, "Today
salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was
Wycliffe Bible of
1384: 1 And Jhesus `goynge yn,
walkide thorou Jericho.
2 And lo! a
man, Sache bi name, and this was a prince of pupplicans, and he was riche.
3 And he
souyte to se Jhesu, who he was, and he myyte not, for the puple, for he was litil in
4 And he ran
bifore, and stiyede in to a sicomoure tree, to se hym; for he was to passe fro
5 And Jhesus
biheld vp, whanne he cam to the place, and saiy hym, and seide to hym, Sache, haste thee, and
come doun, for to dai Y mot dwelle in thin hous.
6 And he
hiyynge cam doun, and ioiynge resseyuede hym.
7 And whanne
alle men sayn, thei grutchiden seiynge, For he hadde turned to a synful
8 But Sache
stood, and seide to the Lord, Lo! Lord, Y yyue the half of my good to pore men; and if Y haue
ony thing defraudid ony man, Y yelde foure so myche.
9 Jhesus seith
to hym, For to dai heelthe is maad to this hous, for that he is Abrahams
10 for mannus
sone cam to seke, and make saaf that thing that perischide.
King James Bible
of 1611: 1 And Jesus entered and passed
2 And, behold, there
was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.
3 And he sought to
see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.
4 And he ran before,
and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.
5 And when Jesus came
to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down;
for to day I must abide at thy house.
6 And he made haste,
and came down, and received him joyfully.
7 And when they saw
it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.
8 And Zacchaeus
stood, and said unto the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have
taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.
9 And Jesus said unto
him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.
10 For the Son of man
is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
NAS Bible of
1960: 1 He entered Jericho and was passing
2 And there was a man
called by the name of Zaccheus; he was a chief tax collector and he was rich.
3 Zaccheus was trying
to see who Jesus was, and was unable because of the crowd, for he was small in stature.
4 So he ran on ahead
and climbed up into a sycamore tree in order to see Him, for He was about to pass through that
5 When Jesus came to
the place, He looked up and said to him, "Zaccheus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at
6 And he hurried and
came down and received Him gladly.
7 When they saw it,
they all began to grumble, saying, "He has gone to be the guest of a man who is a
8 Zaccheus stopped
and said to the Lord, "Behold, Lord, half of my possessions I will give to the poor, and if I have
defrauded anyone of anything, I will give back four times as much."
9 And Jesus said to
him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because he, too, is a son of Abraham.
10 "For the Son of
Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."
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