THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO
3. Attracting the Occupied
1 And as the crowd pressed upon Him to hear the word of God, He was astanding by the 1lake of bGennesaret.
2 And He 1saw two boats lying by the lake, and the fishermen had gotten out of them and were washing the nets.
3 And He got into one of the aboats, which was 1Simon's, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and from the boat taught the crowds.
4 And when He ceased speaking, He said to Simon, Put out into the deep and let down your anets for a catch.
5 And Simon answered and said, 1Master, through the whole night we toiled and caught anothing; but based on Your word I will let down the nets.
6 And when they did this, they enclosed a great number of afish, and their nets began to tear apart.
7 And they signaled to their companions in the other boat to come and assist them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.
8 And when Simon Peter saw this, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me, for I am a asinful man, Lord.
9 For amazement had taken possession of him and all who were with him, because of the catch of the fish which they took;
10 And likewise also James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were 1partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, Do not be afraid. From now on you will be 2acatching men alive.
11 And when they had brought the boats to the land, they aleft all and bfollowed Him.
4. Cleansing the Contaminated
12 And while He was in one of the cities, behold, there was a 1aman full of leprosy. And when he saw Jesus, he bfell on his face and begged Him, saying, Lord, if You are willing, You can cleanse me.
13 And stretching out His hand, He touched him, saying, I am willing; be cleansed! And immediately the leprosy left him.
14 And He charged him to tell ano one: But go away, show yourself to the bpriest, and offer the gift for your cleansing, even as cMoses directed, for a dtestimony to them.
15 But the word concerning Him spread abroad all the more, and agreat crowds came together to hear Him and to be bhealed from their infirmities.
16 But He Himself often withdrew in the awilderness and 1bprayed.
5. Healing the Paralytic
17 And on one of the days He was teaching, and there were Pharisees and ateachers of the law sitting there, who had come out of every bvillage of Galilee and cJudea and Jerusalem. And the dpower of the Lord 1was with Him to heal.
18 And behold, some men abrought on a bed a 1bman who was paralyzed, and they sought a way to carry him in and lay him before Him.
19 And since they could not find by what way they might carry him in because of the crowd, they went up onto the housetop and let him down with the cot through the tiles into the midst, in front of Jesus.
20 And seeing their afaith, He said, Man, your sins are bforgiven you.
21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this who speaks ablasphemies? Who can bforgive sins except God alone?
22 But Jesus, aknowing fully their reasonings, answered and said to them, Why are you reasoning in your hearts?
23 Which is easier: to say, Your sins are forgiven you, or to say, Rise and walk?
24 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on the earth to aforgive sins -- He said to the one paralyzed, To you I say, Rise and take up your cot and go to your house.
25 And he rose up at once before them and took up that upon which he was lying and went away to his house, aglorifying God.
26 And astonishment took hold of all, and they glorified God and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen extraordinary things today.
6. Calling the Despised
27 And after these things He went out and beheld a 1atax collector named Levi bsitting at the tax office, and He said to him, Follow Me.
28 And leaving all, he rose up and afollowed Him.
29 And Levi gave a great reception for Him in his 1house; and there was a great crowd of atax collectors and others who were reclining at table with them.
30 And the Pharisees and their ascribes murmured at His disciples, saying, Why do you beat and drink with the tax collectors and sinners?
31 And Jesus answered and said to them, Those who are healthy have no need of a physician, but those who are ill;
32 I have not come to call the arighteous, but bsinners to crepentance.
33 And they asaid to Him, The 1bdisciples of John cfast often and make petitions, likewise also those of the Pharisees, but Yours eat and drink.
34 And Jesus said to them, You cannot make the sons of the bridechamber fast while the abridegroom is with them, can you?
35 But the adays will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them; then they will fast in those days.
36 And He also spoke a parable to them: No one tears a patch from a new garment and puts it on an old garment; otherwise, 1he will tear the new garment, and also the patch from the new will not match the old.
37 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the new wine will burst the wineskins, and it will be poured out and the wineskins will be ruined;
38 But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins.
39 And no one who has drunk the old desires the new, for he says, The old is better.