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. Chapter 5.

The Calling of the First Disciples (Capernaum) - [ Lk.5.1-11 → ] - Mt.4.18-22, Mk.1.16-20

1 One day as he stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, and the people crowded upon him to listen to the word of God, 2 he noticed two boats lying at the water's edge; the fishermen had come ashore and were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, which belonged to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore; then he went on teaching the crowds from his seat in the boat. 4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, 'Put out into deep water and let down your nets for a catch.' 5 Simon answered, 'Master, we were hard at work all night and caught nothing at all; but if you say so, I will let down the nets.' 6 They did so and made a big haul of fish; and their nets began to split. 7 So they signalled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. This they did, and loaded both boats to the point of sinking. 8 When Simon saw what had happened he fell at Jesus's knees and said, 'Go, Lord, leave me, sinner that I am!' 9 For he and all his companions were amazed at the catch they had made; 10 so too were his partners James and John, Zebedee's sons. 'Do not be afraid,' said Jesus to Simon; 'from now on you will be catching men.' 11 As soon as they had brought the boats to land, they left everything and followed him.

The Cleansing of a Leper (Galilee) - [ Lk.5.12-16 → ] - Mt.8.1-4, Mk.1.40-45

12 He was once in a certain town where there happened to be a man covered with leprosy; seeing Jesus, he bowed to the ground and begged his help. 'Sir,' he said, 'if only you will, you can cleanse me.' 13 Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, 'Indeed I will; be clean again.' The leprosy left him immediately. 14 Jesus then ordered him not to tell anybody. 'But go,' he said, 'show yourself to the priest, and make the offering laid down by Moses for your cleansing; that will certify the cure.' 15 But the talk about him spread all the more; great crowds gathered to hear him and to be cured of their ailments. 16 And from time to time he would withdraw to lonely places for prayer.

The Healing of a Paralytic - [ Lk.5.17-26 → ] - Mt.9.1-8, Mk.2.1-12

17 One day he was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting round. People had come from every village of Galilee and from Judaea and Jerusalem, [Some witnesses read: and Pharisees and teachers of the law, who had come from every village of Galilee and from Judaea and Jerusalem, were sitting around.] and the power of the Lord was with him to heal the sick. 18 Some men appeared carrying a paralysed man is on a bed. They tried to bring him in and set him down in front of Jesus, 19 but finding no way to do so because of the crowd, they went up on to the roof and let him down through the tiling, bed and all, into the middle of the company in front of Jesus. 20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, 'Man, your sins are forgiven you.'

21 The lawyers and the Pharisees began saying to themselves, 'Who is this fellow with his blasphemous talk? Who but God alone can forgive sins?' 22 But Jesus knew what they were thinking and answered them: 'Why do you harbour thoughts like these? 23 Is it easier to say, "Your sins are forgiven you", or to say, "Stand up and walk"? 24 But to convince you that the Son of Man has the right on earth to forgive sins'-he turned to the paralysed man-'I say to you, stand up, take your bed, and go home.' 25 And at once he rose to his feet before their eyes, took up the bed he had been lying on, and went home praising God. 26 They were all lost in amazement and praised God; filled with awe they said, 'You would never believe the things we have seen today.'

The Calling of Levi (Capernaum) - [ Lk.5.27-32 → ] - Mt.9.9-13, Mk.2.13-17

27 Later, when he went out, he saw a tax-gatherer, Levi by name, at his seat in the custom-house. 28 He said to him, 'Follow me'; and he rose to his feet, left everything behind, and followed him.

29 Afterwards Levi held a big reception in his house for Jesus; among the guests was a large party of tax-gatherers and others. 30 The Pharisees and the lawyers of their sect complained to his disciples: 'Why do you eat and drink', they said, 'with tax-gatherers and sinners?' 31 Jesus answered them: 'It is not the healthy that need a doctor, but the sick; 32 I have not come to invite virtuous people, but to call sinners to repentance.'

The Question about Fasting - [ Lk.5.33-39 → ] - Mt.9.14-17, Mk.2.18-22

33 Then they said to him, 'John's disciples are much given to fasting and the practice of prayer, and so are the disciples of the Pharisees; but yours eat and drink.' 34 Jesus replied, 'Can you make the bridegroom's friends fast while the bridegroom is with them? 35 But a time will come: the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and that will be the time for them to fast.'

36 He told them this parable also: 'No one tears a piece from a new cloak to patch an old one; if he does, he will have made a hole in the new cloak, and the patch from the new will not match the old. 37 Nor does anyone put new wine into old wine-skins; if he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will be wasted, and the skins ruined. 38 Fresh skins for new wine! 39 And no one after drinking old wine wants new; for he says, "The old wine is good."'

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