Section 6:46, 7:25-31 (corresponding to Luke 5:27-33)
Then Jesus went forth, out into the town,
And saw a man sitting there on his own
In the customs-booth where the taxes were paid:
There Mathew the publican took of his wage.
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said to the man;
And Matthew, he rose, without even a glance
Back at his coins; without pause, without doubt,
He stood up with Jesus, and followed him out.
Then Matthew (called Levi) had a great feast,
And invited his friends, the least of the least—
Many were publicans, hated of men,
And Jesus, he came and sat down with them.
The scribes and the Pharisees saw this take place
And murmured amongst them, “What a disgrace!”
They asked the disciples, “Why do you eat
With sinners, publicans, people like these?”
Jesus replied, “Does a doctor attend
To the healthy or sick? To whom is he sent?
I came to call sinners, all those who sin!
I call to repentance; I welcome them in!
But if, however, you are righteous to start,
What need do you have for me in your heart?”
Yet the Pharisees pressed him, asking once more,
“But why do it this way? What is it for?
Behold John’s disciples! They fast when they pray,
And we Pharisees do it just the same way.
But your disciples, they feast and they drink,
And we honestly don’t know what to think!”