1 Now it came to pass, while the crowd pressed upon him and heard the word of :God, that HE also was standing by the lake of Gennesaret; 2 and he saw two boats standing by the lake: but the fishermen had gone out of them, and were washing their nets. 3 And he entered 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 crowds out of the boat. 4 And when he had ceased speaking, he said unto :Simon, Put out into the deep, and let down your :nets for a catch. 5 And Simon answered and said, Master, we toiled all night, and took nothing: but at thy :word I will let down the nets. 6 And having done this, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes; and their :nets were breaking; 7 and they beckoned 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 But Simon Peter, seeing it, fell down at the knees of Jesus, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, Lord. 9 For he was amazed, and all that were with him, at the catch of the fishes which they had taken; 10 and so were also James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were associates with :Simon. And Jesus said unto :Simon, Fear not; from :now on thou shalt †catch men. 11 And when they had brought the boats to :land, they left all, and followed him.
12 And it came to pass, while he was in one of the cities, [and] lo: a man full of leprosy: and seeing :Jesus, he fell on his face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst cleanse me. 13 And he stretched forth his :hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be cleansed. And straightway the leprosy departed from him. 14 And HE charged him to tell no one: but go, and show thyself to the priest, and offer for thy :cleansing, according as Moses commanded, for a witness to them. 15 But all the more went abroad the word concerning him: and great crowds came together to hear, and to be cured of their :infirmities. 16 But HE was withdrawing in the deserts, and praying.
17 And it came to pass on one of the days, he himself was [also] teaching; and Pharisees and doctors of the law were sitting by, who were come out of every village :of Galilee and Judæa and Jerusalem: and the Lord’s power was with him to heal. 18 And lo, †men bring on a bed a †man that was paralyzed: and they sought to bring him in, and lay him before him. 19 And not finding by what way they might bring him in because of the crowd, they went up to the housetop, and let him down through the tiles with the couch into the midst before :Jesus. 20 And seeing their :faith, he said, Man, thy :sins are forgiven thee. 21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this that speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but :God alone? 22 But :Jesus perceiving their reasonings, answered and said unto them, What reason ye in your :hearts? 23 What is easier, to say, Thy :sins are forgiven thee; or to say, Arise and walk? 24 But that ye may know that the Son of :man hath authority on :earth to forgive sins (he said to the paralyzed one), I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go unto thy :house. 25 And immediately he rose before them, and took up what he lay on, and departed to his :house, glorifying :God. 26 And amazement took hold on all, and they glorified :God; and they were filled with fear, saying [that], We have seen strange things today.
27 And after these things he went forth, and beheld a publican, Levi by name, sitting at the place of toll, and said to him, Follow me. 28 And he forsook all, and rose up and followed him. 29 And Levi made him a great feast in his :house: and there was a great crowd of publicans and of others that were sitting at meat with them. 30 And the Pharisees and their :scribes murmured saying unto the disciples, Why do ye eat and drink with the publicans and sinners? 31 And :Jesus answering said unto them, The healthy have no need of a †physician; but the ailing. 32 I am not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance. 33 And they said unto him, The disciples of John fast often, and make supplications; likewise also those of the Pharisees; but :thine eat and drink. 34 And :Jesus said unto them, Can ye make the sons of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? 35 But the days will come, [and] when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, then will they fast in those :days. 36 And he spake also a parable unto them [that], No one rendeth for a patch from a new garment and patches it upon an old garment; else he will also rend the new, and the patch :from the new will not agree with the old. 37 And no one poureth new wine into old wine-skins; else the new :wine will burst the skins, and itself will be spilled, and the skins will perish. 38 But new wine must be poured into fresh wine-skins. 39 No one drinking old wine desireth new; for he saith, The old is good.