19:1 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 19:2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 19:3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 19:4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. 19:5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 19:6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. 19:7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” 19:8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” 19:9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.