And it came to pass, as he reclined to eat in the house, Look!, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining and eating with Jesus and his disciples. Bible other translations

“the house.” Luke 5:29 makes it clear that it is Matthew’s house (called Levi in Mark 2:13-17, and Luke 5:27-30). Matthew was a tax collector, and so it makes sense that his friends were tax collectors and “sinners,” which is why so many people like that were at the dinner. This is a very good model of how to spread the gospel. Matthew became a follower of Jesus, and instead of starting to spread the Gospel by speaking with strangers, started by inviting his friends to a huge dinner and making sure Jesus was there to speak with them.

“Look!” The Greek word is idou (#2400 ἰδού), and it is used to get our attention. See commentary on Matthew 1:20 (“Look!).

Commentary for: Matthew 9:10