9 As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew
sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, ‘Follow me.’
And he got up and followed him.
10 And as he sat
at dinner in the house, many tax-collectors and sinners came and
were sitting with him and his disciples.
11 When the Pharisees
saw this, they said to his disciples, ‘Why does your teacher
eat with tax-collectors and sinners?’
12 But when he
heard this, he said, ‘Those who are well have no need of a
physician, but those who are sick.
13 Go and learn
what this means, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” For
I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.’
14 Then the disciples
of John came to him, saying, ‘Why do we and the Pharisees
fast often, but your disciples do not fast?’
15 And Jesus said
to them, ‘The wedding-guests cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom
is with them, can they? The days will come when the bridegroom is
taken away from them, and then they will fast.
16 No one sews
a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old cloak, for the patch pulls away
from the cloak, and a worse tear is made.
17 Neither is
new wine put into old wineskins; otherwise, the skins burst, and
the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed; but new wine is
put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.’