11Now it happened that while the crowd was pressingaround Him and listening to the word of God, He was standing by 2the lake of Gennesaret;
and He sawtwoboatslying at the edge of the lake; but the fishermen had gotten out of them and were washing their nets.
And 3He got into one of the boats, which was Simon's, and asked him to put out a littleway from the land. And He satdown and began teaching the apeople from the boat.
4When He had finishedspeaking, He said to Simon, "Put out into the deepwater and 4letdown your nets for a catch."5Simonanswered and said, "5Master, 6we workedhardallnight and caughtnothing, but bI will do as You say and letdown the nets."
When they had donethis, 7they enclosed a greatquantity of fish, and their nets began to break;
7so they signaled to their partners in the otherboat for them to come and help them. And they came and filledboth of the boats, so that they began to sink.
But when SimonPetersaw that, he felldown at Jesus'cfeet, saying, "Goaway from me Lord, for I am a sinfulman, O Lord!"
For amazement had seized him and all his companionsbecause of the catch of fishwhich they had taken;
and soalso were dJames and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesussaid to Simon, "8Do not fear, from now on you will be 9catchingmen."11
When they had brought their boats to land, 10they lefteverything and followed Him.
1211While He was in one of the cities, behold, there was a manecovered with leprosy; and when he sawJesus, he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, "Lord, if You are willing, You canmake me clean."
And He stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, "I amwilling; be cleansed." And immediately the leprosyleft him.
And He ordered him to tellnoone, "But go and 12showyourself to the priest and make an offering for your cleansing, just as Mosescommanded, as a testimony to them."15
But 13the newsabout Him was spreadingevenfarther, and largecrowds were gathering to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses.
But Jesus Himself would often slipawayfto the gwilderness and 14pray.