Thomson(i) 1 And it came to pass when the people were pressing upon him to hear the word of God, as he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, 2 he saw two boats by the edge of the lake, and the fishermen, having gone out of them, were washing their nets. 3 So, going on board one of them, which belonged to Simon, he desired him to put off a little from the land. And sitting down, he taught the people from the vessel. 4 And when he had done speaking, he said to Simon, Row into deep water, and let down your nets for a draught. 5 Upon which Simon, answering, said to him, Master, we have been toiling all night, and have caught nothing. However, at thy word, I will let down the net. 6 And, having done this, they enclosed such a great multitude of fishes that their net began to break. 7 Whereupon they beckoned to their partners in the other vessel to come and help them. So they came, and they filled both the vessels so that they began to sink. 8 Upon seeing this, Simon Peter prostrated himself at the knees of Jesus, and said, Depart from me, for I, O Lord, am a sinful man. 9 For he, and all that were with him, were seized with amazement at the draught of fishes which they had taken. 10 And so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were Simon's partners. Then Jesus saith to Simon, Be not afraid; henceforth1 thou shalt be employed in catching men. 11 And when they had brought their vessels to land, they left all and followed him. 12 And when he was in one of the cities, lo! a man full of leprosy fell on his face, when he saw Jesus, and besought him, saying, O sir, if thou wilt, thou canst cleanse me. 13 Whereupon he stretched forth his hand and touched him, saying, "I will; be thou cleansed." And immediately the leprosy departed from him. 14 Then he charged him to tell no one; but go and shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy purification, as Moses commanded, for a testimony to them. 15 So his fame spread more and more, and great multitudes flocked to hear him, and to be healed of their infirmities by him. 16 And he constantly withdrew to places of solitude and prayed. 17 One day when he was teaching, and some Pharisees and teachers of the law, who had come from every town of Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem, were sitting by, and the power of the Lord was displayed in curing the sick; 18 it happened that lo! there came men carrying on a couch a man who was paralytic: and they tryed to bring him in and lay him before Jesus. 19 But finding it impracticable to bring him in, by reason of the crowd, they went up upon the flat roof, and let him down from the roof, with the couch, into the court before Jesus; 20 who, upon seeing their faith, said to him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee. 21 At this the Scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this who speaketh blasphemy? Who can forgive sins, but God alone? 22 Thereupon Jesus, knowing their surmises, addressed them, saying, Why reason ye in your hearts? 23 Which is easier; to say, thy sins are forgiven thee? Or to say, Rise up and walk? 24 Now that you may know that the son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, [saith he to the paralytic] I say to thee, Arise, and having taken up thy couch, go to thy house. 25 And instantly he arose in their presence, and having taken up that on which he was laid, went to his house, glorifying God. 26 And amazement seized all; and they glorified God, and were filled with awe, saying, We have seen wonderful things to day. 27 And after this he went out and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom, and said to him, Follow me. 28 Upon which, leaving all, he arose and followed him. 29 And Levi made a great entertainment for him at his house; and there was a great company of publicans and others at table with him. 30 Whereupon their Scribes and the Pharisees expressed their dissatisfaction to his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners? 31 In reply to which, Jesus said to them, They who are in health have no need of a physician; but they who are sick. 32 I am not come to call righteous men, but sinners to a reformation. 33 Then they said to him, Why do, the disciples of John fast often and make supplications; and in like manner those of the Pharisees; but thine eat and drink? 34 And he said to them, Can you make the bridemen fast, while the bridegroom is with them? 35 The days indeed will come when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, then will they fast in those days. 36 He then propounded to them a parable, that no one putteth a piece of a new mantle on an old mantle; if he doth, he indeed rendeth the new, and the patch from the new doth not suit the old. 37 Neither doth any one put new wine into old leathern bottles: if any doth, the new wine will burst the bottles, and thus the wine will be spilled, and the bottles rendered useless. 38 But new wine must be put in new bottles, so both will be preserved. 39 Furthermore, no one having drunk old wine calleth immediately for new: for he saith, The old is better.