Robertson's Word Pictures of the New TestamentMatthew 9:10
- Publicans and sinners (telwnai kai amartwloi).
- Often coupled together in common scorn and in contrast with the righteous (dikaioi in 9:13). It was a strange medley at Levi's feast (Jesus and the four fisher disciples, Nathanael and Philip; Matthew Levi and his former companions, publicans and sinners; Pharisees with their scribes or students as on-lookers; disciples of John the Baptist who were fasting at the very time that Jesus was feasting and with such a group). The Pharisees criticize sharply "your teacher" for such a social breach of "reclining" together with publicans at Levi's feast.