The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleLuke 19:7
And when they saw it…
The Vulgate Latin, Syriac, and
Arabic versions read, "when they all saw this"; that is, as the
Persic version, rather paraphrasing than translating, says, "the men
and the multitude that were with him"; the "pharisaical" sort, the
priests and Levites, of which there were great numbers in Jericho;
(See Gill on 10:31).
They all murmured;
as the Scribes and Pharisees did, at his
eating with publicans and sinners, (Luke 15:2) .
Saying, that he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner;
a notorious one, an abandoned profligate creature; one of the worst
of sinners, as being a publican, and the chief of them; who had
amassed vast riches to himself, by extortion and oppression; and they
thought it was not agreeable to the character of an holy man, and a
venerable prophet, which Christ bore, to go into such a man's house,
eat at his table; and have familiar conversation with him; see
(Matthew 9:10) .