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1 Once when he was standing on the shore of Lake Gennesaret, the crowd was pushing in on him to better hear the Word of God. 1 One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, with the people crowding around him and listening to the word of God,
2 He noticed two boats tied up. The fishermen had just left them and were out scrubbing their nets. 2 he saw at the water's edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets.
3 He climbed into the boat that was Simon's and asked him to put out a little from the shore. Sitting there, using the boat for a pulpit, he taught the crowd. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
4 When he finished teaching, he said to Simon, "Push out into deep water and let your nets out for a catch." 4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch."
5 Simon said, "Master, we've been fishing hard all night and haven't caught even a minnow. But if you say so, I'll let out the nets." 5 Simon answered, "Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets."
6 It was no sooner said than done - a huge haul of fish, straining the nets past capacity. 6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.
7 They waved to their partners in the other boat to come help them. They filled both boats, nearly swamping them with the catch. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
8 Simon Peter, when he saw it, fell to his knees before Jesus. "Master, leave. I'm a sinner and can't handle this holiness. Leave me to myself." 8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus' knees and said, "Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!"
9 When they pulled in that catch of fish, awe overwhelmed Simon and everyone with him. 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken,
10 It was the same with James and John, Zebedee's sons, coworkers with Simon. 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon's partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, "Don't be afraid; from now on you will catch men."
11 They pulled their boats up on the beach, left them, nets and all, and followed him. 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
12 One day in one of the villages there was a man covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus he fell down before him in prayer and said, "If you want to, you can cleanse me." 12 While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean."
13 Jesus put out his hand, touched him, and said, "I want to. Be clean." Then and there his skin was smooth, the leprosy gone. 13 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean!" And immediately the leprosy left him.
14 Jesus instructed him, "Don't talk about this all over town. Just quietly present your healed self to the priest, along with the offering ordered by Moses. Your cleansed and obedient life, not your words, will bear witness to what I have done." 14 Then Jesus ordered him, "Don't tell anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them."
15 But the man couldn't keep it to himself, and the word got out. Soon a large crowd of people had gathered to listen and be healed of their ailments. 15 Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses.
16 As often as possible Jesus withdrew to out-of-the-way places for prayer. 16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
17 One day as he was teaching, Pharisees and religion teachers were sitting around. They had come from nearly every village in Galilee and Judea, even as far away as Jerusalem, to be there. The healing power of God was on him. 17 One day as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law, who had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem, were sitting there. And the power of the Lord was present for him to heal the sick.
18 Some men arrived carrying a paraplegic on a stretcher. They were looking for a way to get into the house and set him before Jesus. 18 Some men came carrying a paralytic on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus.
19 When they couldn't find a way in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof, removed some tiles, and let him down in the middle of everyone, right in front of Jesus. 19 When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.
20 Impressed by their bold belief, he said, "Friend, I forgive your sins." 20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, "Friend, your sins are forgiven."
21 That set the religion scholars and Pharisees buzzing. "Who does he think he is? That's blasphemous talk! God and only God can forgive sins." 21 The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, "Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?"
22 Jesus knew exactly what they were thinking and said, "Why all this gossipy whispering? 22 Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, "Why are you thinking these things in your hearts?
23 Which is simpler: to say 'I forgive your sins,' or to say 'Get up and start walking'? 23 Which is easier: to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up and walk'?
24 Well, just so it's clear that I'm the Son of Man and authorized to do either, or both. . . ." He now spoke directly to the paraplegic: "Get up. Take your bedroll and go home." 24 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins . . ." He said to the paralyzed man, "I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home."
25 Without a moment's hesitation, he did it - got up, took his blanket, and left for home, giving glory to God all the way. 25 Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God.
26 The people rubbed their eyes, incredulous - and then also gave glory to God. Awestruck, they said, "We've never seen anything like that!" 26 Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, "We have seen remarkable things today."
27 After this he went out and saw a man named Levi at his work collecting taxes. Jesus said, "Come along with me." 27 After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. "Follow me," Jesus said to him,
28 And he did - walked away from everything and went with him. 28 and Levi got up, left everything and followed him.
29 Levi gave a large dinner at his home for Jesus. Everybody was there, tax men and other disreputable characters as guests at the dinner. 29 Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them.
30 The Pharisees and their religion scholars came to his disciples greatly offended. "What is he doing eating and drinking with crooks and 'sinners'?" 30 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and 'sinners'?"
31 Jesus heard about it and spoke up, "Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? 31 Jesus answered them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.
32 I'm here inviting outsiders, not insiders - an invitation to a changed life, changed inside and out." 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
33 They asked him, "John's disciples are well-known for keeping fasts and saying prayers. Also the Pharisees. But you seem to spend most of your time at parties. Why?" 33 They said to him, "John's disciples often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking."
34 Jesus said, "When you're celebrating a wedding, you don't skimp on the cake and wine. You feast. Later you may need to pull in your belt, but this isn't the time. As long as the bride and groom are with you, you have a good time. 34 Jesus answered, "Can you make the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them?
35 When the groom is gone, the fasting can begin. No one throws cold water on a friendly bonfire. This is Kingdom Come! 35 But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; in those days they will fast."
36 "No one cuts up a fine silk scarf to patch old work clothes; you want fabrics that match. 36 He told them this parable: "No one tears a patch from a new garment and sews it on an old one. If he does, he will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old.
37 And you don't put wine in old, cracked bottles; 37 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined.
38 you get strong, clean bottles for your fresh vintage wine. 38 No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins.
39 And no one who has ever tasted fine aged wine prefers unaged wine." 39 And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, 'The old is better.' "