| Quote #13
But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner!' (NRSV 18:13)
And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. (KJV 18:13)
Jesus offers this up as a model-prayer and it kind of echoes part of the Lord's Prayer (11:4). Self-awareness of your shortcomings is a key ingredient here as in 5:8 and 11:4. You only need six Greek words to do it right.
| Quote #14
All who saw it began to grumble and said, "He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner." (NRSV 19:7)
And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. (KJV 19:7)
Finally, we come to the last installment of this complaint. They're clearly deaf to Jesus's lengthy responses to the issue (5:31-32 and 15:3-32).
| Quote #15
[…] the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again. (NRSV 24:7)
The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. (KJV 24:7)
Those who try to condemn Jesus are called "sinners." Who are they, specifically?