Four Fishermen Called as Disciples
So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to
hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake
and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the
fishermen had gone from them and were washing
Then He got into one of the boats, which was
Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from
the land. And He sat down and taught the
multitudes from the boat.
When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon,
“Launch out into the deep and let down your nets
for a catch.”
But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we
have toiled all night and caught nothing;
nevertheless at Your word I will let down the
And when they had done this, they caught a great
number of fish, and their net was breaking.
So 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
When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at
Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am
a sinful man, O Lord!”
For he and all who were with him were astonished
at the catch of fish which they had taken;
and so also were James and John, the sons
of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And
Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now
on you will catch men.”
So when they had brought their boats to land,
they forsook all and followed Him.
Jesus Cleanses a Leper
And it happened when He was in a certain city,
that behold, a man who was full of leprosy saw
Jesus; and he fell on his face and
implored Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing,
You can make me clean.”
Then He put out His hand and touched him,
saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately
the leprosy left him.
And 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, just as Moses commanded.”
However, the report went around concerning Him
all the more; and great multitudes came together
to hear, and to be healed by Him of their
So He Himself often withdrew into the
wilderness and prayed.
and Heals a Paralytic
Now 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
18 Then behold, men brought on a bed a man
who was paralyzed, whom they sought to bring in
and lay before Him.
And 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 before
When He saw their faith, He said to him, “Man,
your sins are forgiven you.”
And the scribes and the Pharisees began to
reason, saying, “Who is this who speaks
blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God
But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, He
answered and said to them, “Why are you
reasoning in your hearts?
Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven
you,’ or to say, ‘Rise up and walk’?
But that you may know that the Son of Man has
power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the
man who was paralyzed, “I say to you, arise,
take up your bed, and go to your house.”
Immediately he rose up before them, took up what
he had been lying on, and departed to his own
house, glorifying God.
And they were all amazed, and they glorified God
and were filled with fear, saying, “We have seen
strange things today!”
Matthew the Tax
After these things He went out and saw a tax
collector named Levi, sitting at the tax office.
And He said to him, “Follow Me.”
So he left all, rose up, and followed Him.
Then Levi gave Him a great feast in his own
house. And there were a great number of tax
collectors and others who sat down with them.
And their scribes and the Pharisees complained
against His disciples, saying, “Why do You eat
and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”
Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are
well have no need of a physician, but those who
I have not come to call the righteous,
but sinners, to repentance.”
Questioned About Fasting
Then they said to Him, “Why do the disciples of
John fast often and make prayers, and likewise
those of the Pharisees, but Yours eat and
And He said to them, “Can you make the friends
of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is
But the days will come when the bridegroom will
be taken away from them; then they will fast in
Then 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.
And 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.
But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and
both are preserved.
And no one, having drunk old wine,
immediately desires new; for he says, ‘The old