1 And it came to pass that, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the Word of
God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret,
2 and saw two boats standing by the lake, but the fishermen had gone from them and
were washing their nets.
3 And 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.
4 When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, Launch out into the deep and let
down your nets for a catch.
5 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 net.
6 And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was
7 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 sink.
8 And when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!
9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had
10 and so also were Jacob and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, Do not fear. From now on you will be catching men.
11 So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.
12 And it happened when He was in a certain city, that behold, a man full of leprosy:
who seeing Jesus, fell on his face and begged Him, saying, Lord, if You are willing, You
are able to cleanse me.
13 Then He put out His hand and touched him, saying, I am willing; be cleansed.
Immediately the leprosy left him.
14 And He charged him to tell no one, But go and show yourself to the priest, and offer
for your cleansing, just as Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.
15 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 infirmities.
16 And He withdrew Himself into the wilderness and prayed.
17 And 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 And behold, men brought on a bed a man who was paralyzed, whom they sought to bring in and lay before Him.
19 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 Jesus.
20 And seeing their faith, He said to him, Man, your sins are forgiven you.
21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this who speaks
blasphemies? Who is able to forgive sins but God alone?
22 But knowing their thoughts, answering, Jesus said to them, Why are you reasoning in
23 Which is easier; to say, Your sins are forgiven you, or to say, Rise up and walk?
24 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority 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
25 Immediately he rose up before them, took up what he had been lying on, and departed
to his own house, glorifying God.
26 And amazement seized them all, and they glorified God and were filled with fear,
saying, We have seen incredible things today!
27 And 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.
28 So he left all, rose up, and followed Him.
29 Then Levi made Him a great feast in his own house. And there were a great number
of tax collectors and others who sat down with them.
30 And their scribes and the Pharisees murmured against His disciples, saying, Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?
31 And Jesus answered and said to them, Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.
32 I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.
33 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 drink?
34 And He said to them, Can you make the sons of the bridechamber fast while the
bridegroom is with them?
35 But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them; then
they will fast in those days.
36 And 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.
37 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.
38 But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved.
39 And no one, having drunk old wine, immediately desires new; for he says, The old is