Four Fishermen Called as Disciples
1So #Matt. 4:18–22; Mark 1:16–20; John 1:40–42it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to #Acts 13:44hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, 2and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. 3Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He #John 8:2sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat.
4When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, #John 21:6“Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”
5But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught #John 21:3nothing; nevertheless #Ps. 33:9at Your word I will let down the net.” 6And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. 7So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, #2 Sam. 6:9; 1 Kin. 17:18“Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”
9For he and all who were with him were #Mark 5:42; 10:24, 26astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; 10and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. #Matt. 4:19; Mark 1:17From now on you will catch men.” 11So when they had brought their boats to land, #Matt. 4:20; 19:27; (Mark 1:18; 8:34, 35; Luke 9:59–62); John 12:26they forsook all and followed Him.
Jesus Cleanses a Leper
12#Matt. 8:2–4; Mark 1:40–44And it happened when He was in a certain city, that behold, a man who was full of #Lev. 13:14leprosy saw Jesus; and he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”
13Then He put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” #Matt. 20:34; Luke 8:44; John 5:9Immediately the leprosy left him. 14#Matt. 8:4; Luke 17:14And He charged him to tell no one, “But go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as a testimony to them, #Lev. 13:1–3; 14:2–32just as Moses commanded.”
15However, #Mark 1:45the report went around concerning Him all the more; and #Matt. 4:25; Mark 3:7; John 6:2great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by Him of their infirmities. 16#Luke 9:10So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and #Matt. 14:23; Mark 1:35; Luke 6:12; 9:18; 11:1prayed.
Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralytic
17Now it happened on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them. 18#Matt. 9:2–8; Mark 2:3–12Then behold, men brought on a bed a man who was paralyzed, whom they sought to bring in and lay before Him. 19And when they could not find how they might bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the housetop and let him down with his bed through the tiling into the midst #Matt. 15:30before Jesus.
20When He saw their faith, He said to him, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.”
21#Matt. 9:3; 26:65; Mark 2:6, 7; John 10:33And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? #Ps. 32:5; 130:4; Is. 43:25Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
22But when Jesus #Luke 9:47; John 2:25perceived their thoughts, He answered and said to them, “Why are you reasoning in your hearts? 23Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise up and walk’? 24But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the man who was paralyzed, #Mark 2:11; 5:41; Luke 7:14“I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”
25Immediately he rose up before them, took up what he had been lying on, and departed to his own house, #Luke 17:15, 18; Acts 3:8glorifying God. 26And they were all amazed, and they #Luke 1:65; 7:16glorified God and were filled with fear, saying, “We have seen strange things today!”
Matthew the Tax Collector
27#Matt. 9:9–17; Mark 2:13–22After these things He went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, #(Mark 8:34); Luke 9:59; John 12:26; 21:19, 22“Follow Me.” 28So he left all, rose up, and #Matt. 4:22; 19:27; Mark 10:28followed Him.
29#Matt. 9:9, 10; Mark 2:15Then Levi gave Him a great feast in his own house. And #Luke 15:1there were a great number of tax collectors and others who sat down with them. 30And their scribes and the Pharisees complained against His disciples, saying, #Matt. 11:19; Luke 15:2; Acts 23:9“Why do You eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”
31Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32#Matt. 9:13; 1 Tim. 1:15I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
Jesus Is Questioned About Fasting
33Then they said to Him, #Matt. 9:14; Mark 2:18; Luke 7:33“Why do the disciples of John fast often and make prayers, and likewise those of the Pharisees, but Yours eat and drink?”
34And He said to them, “Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while the #John 3:29bridegroom is with them? 35But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them; then they will fast in those days.”
36#Matt. 9:16, 17; Mark 2:21, 22Then He spoke a parable to them: “No one puts a piece from a new garment on an old one; otherwise the new makes a tear, and also the piece that was taken out of the new does not match the old. 37And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wineskins will be ruined. 38But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved. 39And no one, having drunk old wine, immediately desires new; for he says, ‘The old is better.’ ”
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