1 Jesus stood by the Lake of Gennesaret as the crowds pressed in upon him in order to hear the word of God.
2 He saw two boats docked by the shore. The fishermen had gone away from them and were washing their nets.
3 He boarded one of the boats. It was Simons boat. He asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.
4 When he finished speaking he asked Simon to put into deep water and let down the nets for a catch.
5 Simon answered, Master we worked all night and caught nothing. At your word I will let down the nets.
6 When they did this they caught a large number of fish and their nets were breaking.
7 They called their partners in the other boat to come and help them. They filled both boats until they began to sink.
8 When Simon Peter saw this he fell down at Jesus knees. He said: »Depart from me for I am a sinful man, O Lord.«
9 He and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish.
10 So were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Jesus said to Simon: »Do not fear. From now on you will catch men.«
11 After they brought their boats to land they left all and followed him.
12 One time while he was in one of the cities a man full of leprosy fell on his face before Jesus. He said: »Lord, if you want to you can make me clean.«
13 He stretched forth his hand and touched him, saying: »I want to, be made clean.« Immediately the leprosy departed from him.
14 He told him to tell no one and go and show himself to the priest. Then he was to make a cleansing offering, just as Moses commanded, for a testimony to them.
15 The news about him spread far away and large crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities.
16 He withdrew to a quiet place and prayed.
17 One day when he was teaching, Pharisees and doctors of the Law were in the crowd. People came from every village of Galilee, Judea and Jerusalem. Gods power was with him to heal.
18 Men brought a man on a bed. He was paralyzed. They tried to bring him in and lay him before Jesus.
19 They could not find a way to bring him in because of the crowd. So they went up to the housetop and let the man and the bed down through the tiles to Jesus.
20 Seeing their faith, Jesus said: »Man your sins are forgiven you.«
21 The scribes and the Pharisees reasoned saying: »Who is this that speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?«
22 Jesus perceived their reasoning and said to them: »Why do you reason in your hearts?
23 »Which is easier to say your sins are forgiven or arise and walk?
24 »So you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins,« he said to the man who was paralyzed, »I say to you, arise, take up your bed and go to your house.«
25 Immediately he rose up before them, took his bed and departed to his house, glorifying God.
26 Everyone was amazed and they glorified God. They were filled with fear. They said: »We have seen strange things today.«
27 After that he met a tax collector named Levi sitting at his place of business. He told him: »Follow me.«
28 He gave up everything and followed him.
29 Levi made him a great feast in his house. There was a large group of tax collectors and of others that were sitting at the meal with them.
30 And the Pharisees and their scribes complained to Jesus disciples. They asked: »Why do you eat and drink with the tax collectors and sinners?«
31 Jesus answered them: »Those who have good health do not need a physician. The sick do.
32 »I did not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.«
33 They said: »The disciples of John fast often and make supplications. So do the disciples of the Pharisees. But yours eat and drink.«
34 Jesus replied: »Could you make the sons of the bride-chamber fast while the bridegroom is with them?
35 »The days will come and when the bridegroom will be taken away from them. Then they will fast.«
36 He told an illustration to them: »No one takes a piece of cloth from a new garment and puts it on an old garment. Otherwise he will tear the new. Also the new will not match the old.
37 »No one puts new wine in old wine skins. The new wine will burst the old skins and spill the wine.
38 »But new wine must be put into fresh wine skins.
39 »After drinking old wine no one desires the new for the old is better.«