Luke 5

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Jesus Calls the First Disciples

1 On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by 1the lake of Gennesaret,
2 2and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were 3washing their nets.
3 Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon's, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And 4he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
4 And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, 5"Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch."
5 And Simon answered, "Master, 6we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets."
6 And when they had done this, 7they enclosed a large number of fish, and 8their nets were breaking.
7 They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. 9And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.
8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, 10"Depart from me, for 11I am a sinful man, O Lord."
9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken,
10 and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men."
11 And when they had brought their boats to land, 12they left everything and followed him.

Jesus Cleanses a Leper

12 While he was in one of the cities, 13there came a man full of leprosy.[a] And when he saw Jesus, he 14fell on his face and begged him, "Lord, 15if you will, you can make me clean."
13 And Jesus[b] stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, "I will; be clean." And immediately the leprosy left him.
14 And he charged him 16to tell no one, but "go and show 17yourself to the priest, and 18make an offering for your cleansing, as Moses commanded, 19for a proof to them."
15 20But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities.
16 But 21he would withdraw to desolate places and 22pray.

Jesus Heals a Paralytic

17 On one of those days, as he was teaching, Pharisees and 23teachers of the law were sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. And 24the power of the Lord was with him to heal.[c]
18 25And behold, some men were bringing 26on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they were seeking to bring him in and lay him before Jesus,
19 but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on 27the roof and let him down with his bed 28through the tiles into the midst before Jesus.
20 And 29when he saw their faith, he said, "Man, 30your sins are forgiven you."
21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, saying, "Who is this who speaks 31blasphemies? 32Who can forgive sins but God alone?"
22 When Jesus 33perceived their thoughts, he answered them, "Why do you question in your hearts?
23 Which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Rise and walk'?
24 But that you may know that 34the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins"--he said to the man who was paralyzed-- "I say to you, rise, pick up your bed and go home."
25 And immediately he rose up before them and picked up what he had been lying on and went home, 35glorifying God.
26 And amazement seized them all, and they 36glorified God and were filled 37with awe, saying, "We have seen extraordinary things today."

Jesus Calls Levi

27 38After this he went out and saw 39a tax collector named 40Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, "Follow me."
28 And 41leaving everything, he rose and followed him.
29 And Levi made him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company 42of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them.
30 And the Pharisees and 43their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, 44"Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?"
31 And Jesus answered them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.
32 45I have not come to call the righteous 46but sinners 47to repentance."

A Question About Fasting

33 And they said to him, 48"The disciples of John 49fast often and 50offer prayers, 51and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours eat and drink."
34 And Jesus said to them, 52"Can you make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them?
35 53The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and 54then they will fast in those days."
36 He also told them a parable: "No one tears a piece from a new garment and puts it on an old garment. If he does, he will tear the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old.
37 And no one puts new wine into old 55wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed.
38 But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins.
39 And no one after drinking old wine desires new, for he says, 'The old is good.'"[d]

Luke 5 Commentary

Chapter 5

The miraculous draught of fishes, Peter, James, and John called. (1-11) A leper cleansed. (12-16) A paralytic cured. (17-26) Levi called, Christ's answer to the Pharisees. (27-39)

Verses 1-11 When Christ had done preaching, he told Peter to apply to the business of his calling. Time spent on week days in public exercises of religion, need be but little hinderance in time, and may be great furtherance to us in temper of mind, as to our worldly business. With what cheerfulness may we go about the duties of our calling, when we have been with God, and thus have our worldly employments sanctified to us by the word and prayer! Though they had taken nothing, yet Christ told them to let down their nets again. We must not abruptly quit our callings because we have not the success in them we desire. We are likely to speed well, when we follow the guidance of Christ's word. The draught of fishes was by a miracle. We must all, like Peter, own ourselves to be sinful men, therefore Jesus Christ might justly depart from us. But we must beseech him that he would not depart; for woe unto us if the Saviour depart from sinners! Rather let us entreat him to come and dwell in our hearts by faith, that he may transform and cleanse them. These fishermen forsook all, and followed Jesus, when their calling prospered. When riches increase, and we are tempted to set our hearts upon them, then to quit them for Christ is thankworthy.

Verses 12-16 This man is said to be full of leprosy; he had that distemper in a high degree, which represents our natural pollution by sin; we are full of that leprosy; from the crown of the head to the sole of the foot there is no soundness in us. Strong confidence and deep humility are united in the words of this leper. And if any sinner, from a deep sense of vileness, says, I know the Lord can cleanse, but will he look upon such a one as me? will he apply his own precious blood for my cleansing and healing? Yes, he will. Speak not as doubting, but as humbly referring the matter to Christ. And being saved from the guilt and power of our sins, let us spread abroad Christ's fame, and bring others to hear him and to be healed.

Verses 17-26 How many are there in our assemblies, where the gospel is preached, who do not sit under the word, but sit by! It is to them as a tale that is told them, not as a message that is sent to them. Observe the duties taught and recommended to us by the history of the paralytic. In applying to Christ, we must be very pressing and urgent; that is an evidence of faith, and is very pleasing to Christ, and prevailing with him. Give us, Lord, the same kind of faith with respect to thy ability and willingness to heal our souls. Give us to desire the pardon of sin more than any earthly blessing, or life itself. Enable us to believe thy power to forgive sins; then will our souls cheerfully arise and go where thou pleasest.

Verses 27-39 It was a wonder of Christ's grace, that he would call a publican to be his disciple and follower. It was a wonder of his grace, that the call was made so effectual. It was a wonder of his grace, that he came to call sinners to repentance, and to assure them of pardon. It was a wonder of his grace, that he so patiently bore the contradiction of sinners against himself and his disciples. It was a wonder of his grace, that he fixed the services of his disciples according to their strength and standing. The Lord trains up his people gradually for the trials allotted them; we should copy his example in dealing with the weak in faith, or the tempted believer.

Cross References 55

  • 1. Numbers 34:11; Deuteronomy 3:17; Joshua 12:3; John 6:1; [Matthew 14:34]
  • 2. For ver. 2-11, [Matthew 4:18-22; Mark 1:16-20; John 1:40-42]
  • 3. [Mark 1:19]
  • 4. [Matthew 5:1]
  • 5. [John 21:6]
  • 6. [John 21:3]
  • 7. [John 21:11]
  • 8. [John 21:11]
  • 9. See John 21:4-8
  • 10. See Matthew 8:34
  • 11. Isaiah 6:5
  • 12. Luke 18:28; Matthew 19:27; [ver. 28]
  • 13. For ver. 12-14, see Matthew 8:2-4; Mark 1:40-44
  • 14. See Luke 17:16
  • 15. [Matthew 9:28; Mark 9:22, 23]
  • 16. Matthew 9:30; Matthew 17:9; Mark 1:34; Mark 5:43; Mark 7:36; Mark 8:26; See Matthew 12:16
  • 17. Luke 17:14
  • 18. Leviticus 14:2-32
  • 19. Luke 9:5; Mark 6:11; James 5:3
  • 20. [Mark 1:45]
  • 21. Mark 1:35; See Matthew 14:23
  • 22. Mark 1:35; See Matthew 14:23
  • 23. Luke 2:46; Acts 5:34; 1 Timothy 1:7(Gk.); [Matthew 22:35]
  • 24. See Luke 8:46
  • 25. For ver. 18-26, see Matthew 9:2-8; Mark 2:3-12
  • 26. Mark 6:55
  • 27. Deuteronomy 22:8; 1 Samuel 9:25; Nehemiah 8:16; Matthew 10:27; Matthew 24:17; Acts 10:9
  • 28. [Mark 2:4]
  • 29. Luke 7:9, 50; Luke 17:19; Luke 18:42; Matthew 8:10, 13; Matthew 9:22, 29; Matthew 15:28; Mark 10:52; Acts 3:16; Acts 14:9; James 5:15
  • 30. Luke 7:48; [John 5:14]
  • 31. Matthew 26:65; John 10:36
  • 32. Psalms 32:5; Isaiah 43:25
  • 33. See John 2:25
  • 34. [Luke 6:5]
  • 35. See Luke 7:16
  • 36. [See ver. 25 above]
  • 37. [See ver. 25 above]
  • 38. For ver. 27-38, see Matthew 9:9-17; Mark 2:14-22
  • 39. Matthew 11:19; See Matthew 5:46
  • 40. [Matthew 9:9]
  • 41. [ver. 11]
  • 42. [Luke 15:1, 2]
  • 43. Acts 4:5; Acts 23:9
  • 44. Luke 15:2; Matthew 11:19
  • 45. [Luke 15:7; John 9:39]
  • 46. 1 Timothy 1:15
  • 47. Luke 13:3, 5; Luke 15:10; Luke 24:47; Matthew 4:17; Matthew 11:20; Mark 1:15; Acts 5:31
  • 48. Luke 11:1; Matthew 11:2; John 4:12">1John 4:12; John 1:35; John 3:25; John 4:1; [Acts 18:25; Acts 19:3]
  • 49. Luke 2:37
  • 50. Luke 2:37
  • 51. Luke 18:12
  • 52. John 3:29
  • 53. See Luke 17:22
  • 54. [John 16:20]
  • 55. Joshua 9:4

Footnotes 4

  • [a]. Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13
  • [b]. Greek he
  • [c]. Some manuscripts was present to heal them
  • [d]. Some manuscripts better

Luke 5 Commentaries

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