Jesus Calls the First Disciples
1On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by #Num. 34:11; Deut. 3:17; Josh. 12:3; John 6:1; [Matt. 14:34]the lake of Gennesaret, 2#For ver. 2-11, [Matt. 4:18-22; Mark 1:16-20; John 1:40-42] and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were #[Mark 1:19]washing their nets. 3Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And #[Matt. 5:1]he sat down and taught the people from the boat. 4And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, #[John 21:6]“Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” 5And Simon answered, “Master, #[John 21:3]we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” 6And when they had done this, #[John 21:11]they enclosed a large number of fish, and #[John 21:11]their nets were breaking. 7They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. #See John 21:4-8And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, #See Matt. 8:34 “Depart from me, for #Isa. 6:5I am a sinful man, O Lord.” 9For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, 10and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.”#5:10 The Greek word anthropoi refers here to both men and women 11And when they had brought their boats to land, #ch. 18:28; Matt. 19:27; [ver. 28]they left everything and followed him.
Jesus Cleanses a Leper
12While he was in one of the cities, #For ver. 12-14, see Matt. 8:2-4; Mark 1:40-44 there came a man full of leprosy.#5:12 Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13 And when he saw Jesus, he #See ch. 17:16 fell on his face and begged him, “Lord, #[Matt. 9:28; Mark 9:22, 23]if you will, you can make me clean.” 13And Jesus#5:13 Greek he stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him. 14And he charged him #Matt. 9:30; 17:9; Mark 1:34; 5:43; 7:36; 8:26; See Matt. 12:16 to tell no one, but “go and show #ch. 17:14 yourself to the priest, and #Lev. 14:2-32 make an offering for your cleansing, as Moses commanded, #ch. 9:5; Mark 6:11; James 5:3for a proof to them.” 15#[Mark 1:45]But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities. 16But #Mark 1:35; See Matt. 14:23he would withdraw to desolate places and #Mark 1:35; See Matt. 14:23pray.
Jesus Heals a Paralytic
17On one of those days, as he was teaching, Pharisees and #ch. 2:46; Acts 5:34; 1 Tim. 1:7 (Gk.); [Matt. 22:35] teachers of the law were sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. And #See ch. 8:46the power of the Lord was with him to heal.#5:17 Some manuscripts was present to heal them 18#For ver. 18-26, see Matt. 9:2-8; Mark 2:3-12 And behold, some men were bringing #Mark 6:55on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they were seeking to bring him in and lay him before Jesus, 19but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on #Deut. 22:8; 1 Sam. 9:25; Neh. 8:16; Matt. 10:27; 24:17; Acts 10:9 the roof and let him down with his bed #[Mark 2:4]through the tiles into the midst before Jesus. 20And #ch. 7:9, 50; 17:19; 18:42; Matt. 8:10, 13; 9:22, 29; 15:28; Mark 10:52; Acts 3:16; 14:9; James 5:15 when he saw their faith, he said, “Man, #ch. 7:48; [John 5:14]your sins are forgiven you.” 21And the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, saying, “Who is this who speaks #Matt. 26:65; John 10:36 blasphemies? #Ps. 32:5; Isa. 43:25Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 22When Jesus #See John 2:25perceived their thoughts, he answered them, “Why do you question in your hearts? 23Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? 24But that you may know that #[ch. 6:5]the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the man who was paralyzed—“I say to you, rise, pick up your bed and go home.” 25And immediately he rose up before them and picked up what he had been lying on and went home, #See ch. 7:16glorifying God. 26And amazement seized them all, and they #[See ver. 25 above]glorified God and were filled #[See ver. 25 above]with awe, saying, “We have seen extraordinary things today.”
Jesus Calls Levi
27 # For ver. 27-38, see Matt. 9:9-17; Mark 2:14-22 After this he went out and saw #Matt. 11:19; See Matt. 5:46 a tax collector named #[Matt. 9:9]Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, “Follow me.” 28And #[ver. 11]leaving everything, he rose and followed him.
29And Levi made him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company #[ch. 15:1, 2]of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them. 30And the Pharisees and #Acts 4:5; 23:9 their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, #ch. 15:2; Matt. 11:19“Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” 31And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32#[ch. 15:7; John 9:39] I have not come to call the righteous #1 Tim. 1:15 but sinners #ch. 13:3, 5; 15:10; 24:47; Matt. 4:17; 11:20; Mark 1:15; Acts 5:31to repentance.”
A Question About Fasting
33And they said to him, #ch. 11:1; Matt. 11:2; 14:12; John 1:35; 3:25; 4:1; [Acts 18:25; 19:3] “The disciples of John #ch. 2:37 fast often and #ch. 2:37 offer prayers, #ch. 18:12and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours eat and drink.” 34And Jesus said to them, #John 3:29“Can you make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? 35#See ch. 17:22 The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and #[John 16:20]then they will fast in those days.” 36He also told them a parable: “No one tears a piece from a new garment and puts it on an old garment. If he does, he will tear the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old. 37And no one puts new wine into old #Josh. 9:4wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. 38But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. 39And no one after drinking old wine desires new, for he says, ‘The old is good.’”#5:39 Some manuscripts better