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1 One day as Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, great crowds pressed in on him to listen to 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 empty boats at the water's edge, for the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. 2 he saw at the water's edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets.
3 Stepping into one of the boats, Jesus asked Simon, its owner, to push it out into the water. So he sat in the boat and taught the crowds from there. 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 had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Now go out where it is deeper and let down your nets, and you will catch many fish." 4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch."
5 "Master," Simon replied, "we worked hard all last night and didn't catch a thing. But if you say so, we'll try again." 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 And this time their nets were so full they began to tear! 6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.
7 A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking. 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 When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, "Oh, Lord, please leave me -- I'm too much of a sinner to be around you." 8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus' knees and said, "Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!"
9 For he was awestruck by the size of their catch, as were the others with him. 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken,
10 His partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were also amazed. Jesus replied to Simon, "Don't be afraid! From now on you'll be fishing for people!" 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 And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus. 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
12 In one of the villages, Jesus met a man with an advanced case of leprosy. When the man saw Jesus, he fell to the ground, face down in the dust, begging to be healed. "Lord," he said, "if you want to, you can make me well again." 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 reached out and touched the man. "I want to," he said. "Be healed!" And instantly the leprosy disappeared. 13 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean!" And immediately the leprosy left him.
14 Then Jesus instructed him not to tell anyone what had happened. He said, "Go right to the priest and let him examine you. Take along the offering required in the law of Moses for those who have been healed of leprosy, so everyone will have proof of your healing." 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 Yet despite Jesus' instructions, the report of his power spread even faster, and vast crowds came to hear him preach and to be healed of their diseases. 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 But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer. 16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
17 One day while Jesus was teaching, some Pharisees and teachers of religious law were sitting nearby. (It seemed that these men showed up from every village in all Galilee and Judea, as well as from Jerusalem.) And the Lord's healing power was strongly with Jesus. 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 came carrying a paralyzed man on a sleeping mat. They tried to push through the crowd to 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 but they couldn't reach him. So they went up to the roof, took off some tiles, and lowered the sick man down into the crowd, still on his mat, 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 Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the man, "Son, your sins are forgiven." 20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, "Friend, your sins are forgiven."
21 "Who does this man think he is?" the Pharisees and teachers of religious law said to each other. "This is blasphemy! Who but 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 what they were thinking, so he asked them, "Why do you think this is blasphemy? 22 Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, "Why are you thinking these things in your hearts?
23 Is it easier to say, 'Your sins are forgiven' or 'Get up and walk'? 23 Which is easier: to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up and walk'?
24 I will prove that I, the Son of Man, have the authority on earth to forgive sins." Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, "Stand up, take your mat, and go on home, because you are healed!" 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 And immediately, as everyone watched, the man jumped to his feet, picked up his mat, and went home praising God. 25 Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God.
26 Everyone was gripped with great wonder and awe. And they praised God, saying over and over again, "We have seen amazing things today." 26 Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, "We have seen remarkable things today."
27 Later, as Jesus left the town, he saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at his tax-collection booth. "Come, be my disciple!" Jesus said to him. 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 So Levi got up, left everything, and followed him. 28 and Levi got up, left everything and followed him.
29 Soon Levi held a banquet in his home with Jesus as the guest of honor. Many of Levi's fellow tax collectors and other guests were there. 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 But the Pharisees and their teachers of religious law complained bitterly to Jesus' disciples, "Why do you eat and drink with such scum?" 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 answered them, "Healthy people don't need a doctor -- sick people do. 31 Jesus answered them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.
32 I have come to call sinners to turn from their sins, not to spend my time with those who think they are already good enough." 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
33 The religious leaders complained that Jesus' disciples were feasting instead of fasting. "John the Baptist's disciples always fast and pray," they declared, "and so do the disciples of the Pharisees. Why are yours always feasting?" 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 asked, "Do wedding guests fast while celebrating with the groom? 34 Jesus answered, "Can you make the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them?
35 Someday he will be taken away from them, and then they will fast." 35 But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; in those days they will fast."
36 Then Jesus gave them this illustration: "No one tears a piece of cloth from a new garment and uses it to patch an old garment. For then the new garment would be torn, and the patch wouldn't even match the old garment. 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 no one puts new wine into old wineskins. The new wine would burst the old skins, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. 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 New wine must be put into new wineskins. 38 No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins.
39 But no one who drinks the old wine seems to want the fresh and the new. 'The old is better,' they say." 39 And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, 'The old is better.' "