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.