151 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.
151 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus.
151 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him.
151 By this time a lot of men and women of doubtful reputation were hanging around Jesus, listening intently.
151 Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him.
151 Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Luke 15:1
Commentary on Luke 15:1-10
(Read Luke 15:1-10)
The parable of the lost sheep is very applicable to the great work of man's redemption. The lost sheep represents the sinner as departed from God, and exposed to certain ruin if not brought back to him, yet not desirous to return. Christ is earnest in bringing sinners home. In the parable of the lost piece of silver, that which is lost, is one piece, of small value compared with the rest. Yet the woman seeks diligently till she finds it. This represents the various means and methods God makes use of to bring lost souls home to himself, and the Saviour's joy on their return to him. How careful then should we be that our repentance is unto salvation!