10 ¶ And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.
10 Verse 10. Sat at meat in the house] Viz. of Matthew, who it
appears, from , made a great feast on the occasion, thus
testifying his gratitude for the honour done him; and that his
friends and acquaintances might profit by the teaching of his new
master, he invites them to the entertainment that was honoured by
the presence of Christ. His companions, it appears, were not of
the most creditable kind. They were tax-gatherers
and sinners, αμαρτωλοι, a word which I believe in general
signifies heathens, throughout the Gospels, and in several other
parts of the New Testament. See, among others, ;
; ; ;
; ; ; in most, if not all of which
places, it evidently refers to the character or state of a
Gentile, or Heathen. See also the notes on these passages.