Matthew Poole Commentary - Matthew 9:11 - 9:11

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Matthew Poole Commentary - Matthew 9:11 - 9:11

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Mark hath the same, Mar_2:16; so hath Luke, Luk_5:30, only he saith they murmured. The Pharisees having a perfect malice to Christ, did not only seek all means to carp at him, but to bring him under a popular odium: this seemed a fair opportunity. The publicans being an order of persons who both for their employment, and perhaps also their ill management of it, were abominated by the Jews, and reckoned amongst the more notorious sort of sinners; they therefore come to his disciples clamouring against their Master, that he kept communion with publicans and sinners.