1Now it happened that while the crowd was pressing around Him and listening to the word of God, He was standing by 2the lake of Gennesaret;
and He saw two boats lying 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 little way from the land. And He sat down and began teaching the people from the boat.
When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, "Put out into the deep water and 4let down your nets for a catch."
Simon answered and said, "5Master, 6we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets."
When they had done this, 7they enclosed a great quantity of fish, and their nets began to break;
so they signaled to their partners in the other boat for them to come and help them. And they came and filled both of the boats, so that they began to sink.
But when Simon Peter saw that, he fell down at Jesus' feet, saying, "Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!"
For amazement had seized him and all his companions because of the catch of fish which they had taken;
and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "8Do not fear, from now on you will be 9catching men."
When they had brought their boats to land, 10they left everything and followed Him.
11While He was in one of the cities, behold, there was a man covered with leprosy; and when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, "Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean."
And He stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, "I am willing; be cleansed." And immediately the leprosy left him.
And He ordered him to tell no one, "But go and 12show yourself to the priest and make an offering for your cleansing, just as Moses commanded, as a testimony to them."
But 13the news about Him was spreading even farther, and large crowds were gathering to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses.
But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and 14pray.