Jesus passed through Jericho, where there was a man named Zacchaeus, who was the chief of the tax collectors; he was rich. Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus but could not because there was a great crowd and Zacchaeus was short. He ran in front of the procession and climbed up into a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus, for Jesus would be passing that way.
When Jesus came to the place where Zacchaeus was, Jesus looked up and saw him. Jesus said to Zacchaeus, “Hurry—come down; today I must stay at your house.”
Zacchaeus hurried down, then invited Jesus to his house.
When the crowd saw this, there was much grumbling: “He is going to be the guest of that thief!”
At his house Zacchaeus stood and said to Jesus, “Look, Master, I will give half of all I have to the poor. Furthermore, if I have taken anything from anyone by trickery, I will repay that person four times as much.”
Jesus said to Zacchaeus, “Today salvation has come to your house—you too are a child of Abraham.”