And it came to pass that, as the people pressed upon Him to hear the Word of God, He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret
and saw two boats standing by the lake, but the fishermen were gone out of them and were washing their nets.
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 people from the boat.
Now when He was through speaking, He said unto Simon, "Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draft."
And Simon answering said unto Him, "Master, we have toiled all the night and have taken nothing. Nevertheless, at Thy word I will let down the net."
And when they had done this, they enclosed a great multitude of fishes, and their net began to break.
And they beckoned unto their partners, who were in the other boat, that they should come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.
When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord."
For he was astonished, and all those who were with him, at the draft of the fishes which they had taken;
and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, "Fear not. From henceforth thou shalt catch men."
And when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.
And it came to pass when He was in a certain city, behold, a man full of leprosy, seeing Jesus, fell on his face and besought Him, saying, "Lord, if Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean."
And He put forth His hand and touched him, saying, "I will; be thou clean." And immediately the leprosy departed from him.
And He charged him to tell no man, but, "Go and show thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing according as Moses commanded, as a testimony unto them."
But so much the more His fame spread abroad, and great multitudes came together to hear and to be healed by Him of their infirmities.
And He withdrew Himself into the wilderness and prayed.
And it came to pass on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, who had come from every town of Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them.
And behold, men brought in on a bed a man who was taken with a palsy, and they sought means to bring him in and to lay him before Him.
And when they could not find a way to bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down on his couch through the tiling into the midst before Jesus.
And when He saw their faith, He said unto him, "Man, thy sins are forgiven thee."
And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, "Who is this who speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?"
But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, He answering said unto them, "What reason ye in your hearts:
whether it is easier to say, `Thy sins be forgiven thee,' or to say, `Rise up and walk'?
But that ye may know that the Son of Man hath power upon earth to forgive sins," He said unto the one sick with the palsy, "I say unto thee, arise and take up thy couch and go into thine house."
And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God.
And they were all amazed, and they glorified God and were filled with fear, saying, "We have seen strange things today."
And after these things He went forth and saw a publican named Levi, sitting in the customhouse, and He said unto him, "Follow Me."
And he left all, rose up, and followed Him.
And Levi made Him a great feast in his own house, and there was a great company of publicans and of others who sat down with them.
But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against His disciples, saying, "Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners?"
And Jesus answering said unto them, "They that are whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.
I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
And they said unto Him, "Why do the disciples of John fast often and make prayers, and likewise the disciples of the Pharisees, but thine eat and drink?"
And He said unto them, "Can ye make the attendants of the bridechamber fast while the bridegroom is with them?
But the days will come when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days."
And He spoke also a parable unto them: "No man putteth a piece of a new garment upon an old; otherwise, both the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was taken out of the new agreeth not with the old.
And no man putteth new wine into old wineskins; else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wineskins shall perish.
But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved.
No man also, having drunk old wine, straightway desireth new; for he saith, `The old is better.'"