Zacchaeus Zacchaeus Oh What do you Teach Us

The author and composer of this children's hymn about Zacchaeus are unknown. It is a little longer and more structured than some of the other hymns about this topic.

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In Jericho city, there lived a rich man,
The chief of collectors of tax in the land.
His wealthy position gave him no respect,
For he often cheated when he would collect.
The rich man, Zacchaeus, heard somebody say
That Jesus would enter the city that day.
He wanted to see the Messiah first-hand,
But he was too little, so here’s what he planned:

Zacchaeus, Zacchaeus, oh, what do you teach us
By climbing a branch of a sycamore tree?
Zacchaeus, Zacchaeus, your story can teach us
To want to know Jesus is how we should be!

When Jesus arrived at that part of the town,
He looked up and said to Zacchaeus, "Come down.
I must be a guest in your house today."
Zacchaeus was happy to show him the way.
The people who watched were upset quite a bit,
For sitting with sinners is no place to sit.
But there is no truth in the reason they gave,
For Jesus had come here to seek and to save.

Zacchaeus, Zacchaeus, oh, what do you teach us
By going to hear what the Lord has to say?
Zacchaeus, Zacchaeus, your story can teach us
To welcome the Savior when he comes our way.

Zacchaeus got up and surprised everyone.
He said he was sorry for what he had done.
One half that he owned he would give to the poor,
And those he had cheated, pay back four times more.
"Zacchaeus," said Jesus, "How happy I am!
You now are a true son of Abraham.
Salvation has come to this house today."
For that, dear Zacchaeus, you don’t have to pay!

Zacchaeus, Zacchaeus, oh, what do you teach us
By showing your thanks in the way that you give?
Zacchaeus, Zacchaeus, your story can teach us
The joy of forgiveness can change how we live!

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