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1One day, as Yeshua was standing on the shore of Lake Kinneret, with the people pressing in around him in order to hear the word of God, 2he noticed two boats pulled up on the beach, left there by the fishermen, who were cleaning their nets. 3He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Shim‘on, and asked him to put out a little way from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
4When he had finished speaking, he said to Shim‘on, “Put out into deep water, and let down your nets for a catch.” 5Shim‘on answered, “We’ve worked hard all night long, Rabbi, and haven’t caught a thing! But if you say so, I’ll let down the nets.” 6They did this and took in so many fish that their nets began to tear. 7So they motioned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them; and they came and filled both boats to the point of sinking. 8When he saw this, Shim‘on Kefa fell at Yeshua’s knees and said, “Get away from me, sir, because I’m a sinner!” 9For astonishment had seized him and everyone with him at the catch of fish they had taken, 10and likewise both Ya‘akov and Yochanan, Shim‘on’s partners. “Don’t be frightened,” Yeshua said to Shim‘on, “from now on you will be catching men — alive!” 11And as soon as they had beached their boats, they left everything behind and followed him.
12Once, when Yeshua was in one of the towns, there came a man completely covered with tzara‘at. On seeing Yeshua, he fell on his face and begged him, “Sir, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” 13Yeshua reached out his hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing! Be cleansed!” Immediately the tzara‘at left him. 14Then Yeshua warned him not to tell anyone. “Instead, as a testimony to the people, go straight to the cohen and make an offering for your cleansing, as Moshe commanded.” 15But the news about Yeshua kept spreading all the more, so that huge crowds would gather to listen and be healed of their sicknesses. 16However, he made a practice of withdrawing to remote places in order to pray.
17One day when Yeshua was teaching, there were P’rushim and Torah-teachers present who had come from various villages in the Galil and Y’hudah, also from Yerushalayim; and the power of Adonai was with him to heal the sick. 18Some men came carrying a paralyzed man lying on a bed. They wanted to bring him inside and lay him in front of Yeshua, 19but they couldn’t find a way to get him in because of the crowd. So they went up onto the roof and lowered him on his mattress through the tiles into the middle of the gathering, right in front of Yeshua. 20When Yeshua saw their trust, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven you.” 21The Torah-teachers and the P’rushim began thinking, “Who is this fellow that speaks such blasphemies? Who can forgive sin except God?” 22But Yeshua, knowing what they were thinking, answered, “Why are you turning over such thoughts in your hearts? 23Which is easier to say? ‘Your sins are forgiven you’? or ‘Get up and walk’? 24But look! I will prove to you that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” He then said to the paralytic, “I say to you: get up, pick up your mattress and go home!” 25Immediately, in front of everyone, he stood up, picked up what he had been lying on, and went home praising God. 26Amazement seized them all, and they made a b’rakhah to God; they were awestruck, saying, “We have seen extraordinary things today.”
27Later Yeshua went out and saw a tax-collector named Levi sitting in his tax-collection booth; and he said to him, “Follow me!” 28He got up, left everything and followed him.
29Levi gave a banquet at his house in Yeshua’s honor, and there was a large group of tax-collectors and others at the table with them. 30The P’rushim and their Torah-teachers protested indignantly against his talmidim, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax-collectors and sinners?” 31It was Yeshua who answered them: “The ones who need a doctor aren’t the healthy but the sick. 32I have not come to call the ‘righteous,’ but rather to call sinners to turn to God from their sins.”
33Next they said to him, “Yochanan’s talmidim are always fasting and davvening, and likewise the talmidim of the P’rushim; but yours go on eating and drinking.” 34Yeshua said to them, “Can you make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is still with them? 35The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them; and when that time comes, they will fast.” 36Then he gave them an illustration: “No one tears a piece from a new coat and puts it on an old one; if he does, not only will the new one continue to rip, but the piece from the new will not match the old. 37Also, no one puts new wine into old wineskins; if he does, the new wine will burst the skins and be spilled, and the skins too will be ruined. 38On the contrary, new wine must be put into freshly prepared wineskins. 39Besides that, after drinking old wine, people don’t want new; because they say, ‘The old is good enough.’”