“And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.”
King James Version (KJV)
19:2 The chief of the publicans - What we would term, commissioner of the customs. A very honourable as well as profitable place.
Lu 19:2 Zacchaeus . . . the chief among the publicans. The importance of Jericho and its situation would make it an important center for the collection of the Roman tribute. At the head of the publicans engaged in this business was Zacchaeus. He seems to have had supervision of the district. He was rich. A very suspicious fact in a member of a class noted for their extortion.