Bible: Luke 5

The Call of the Disciples

5:1 Now 1  Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, 2  and the crowd was pressing around him 3  to hear the word of God. 5:2 He 4  saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gotten out of them and were washing their nets. 5:3 He got into 5  one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then 6  Jesus 7  sat down 8  and taught the crowds from the boat. 5:4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and lower 9  your nets for a catch.” 5:5 Simon 10  answered, 11 Master, 12  we worked hard all night and caught nothing! But at your word 13  I will lower 14  the nets.” 5:6 When 15  they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets started to tear. 16  5:7 So 17  they motioned 18  to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they were about to sink. 19  5:8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesusknees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, 20  for I am a sinful man! 21  5:9 For 22  Peter 23  and all who were with him were astonished 24  at the catch of fish that they had taken, 5:10 and so were James and John, Zebedee’s sons, who were Simon’s business partners. 25  Then 26  Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on 27  you will be catching people.” 28  5:11 So 29  when they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed 30  him.

Healing a Leper

5:12 While 31  Jesus 32  was in one of the towns, 33  a man came 34  to him who was covered with 35  leprosy. 36  When 37  he saw Jesus, he bowed down with his face to the ground 38  and begged him, 39 Lord, if 40  you are willing, you can make me clean.” 5:13 So 41  he stretched out his hand and touched 42  him, saying, “I am willing. Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him. 5:14 Then 43  he ordered the man 44  to tell no one, 45  but commanded him, 46  “Go 47  and show yourself to a priest, and bring the offering 48  for your cleansing, as Moses commanded, 49  as a testimony to them.” 50  5:15 But the news about him spread even more, 51  and large crowds were gathering together to hear him 52  and to be healed of their illnesses. 5:16 Yet Jesus himself 53  frequently withdrew 54  to the wilderness 55  and prayed.

Healing and Forgiving a Paralytic

5:17 Now on 56  one of those days, while he was teaching, there were Pharisees 57  and teachers of the law 58  sitting nearby (who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem), 59  and the power of the Lord was with him 60  to heal. 5:18 Just then 61  some men showed up, carrying a paralyzed man 62  on a stretcher. 63  They 64  were trying to bring him in and place him before Jesus. 65  5:19 But 66  since they found 67  no way to carry him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof 68  and let him down on the stretcher 69  through the roof tiles 70  right 71  in front of Jesus. 72  5:20 When 73  Jesus 74  saw their 75  faith he said, “Friend, 76  your sins are forgiven.” 77  5:21 Then 78  the experts in the law 79  and the Pharisees began to think 80  to themselves, 81  “Who is this man 82  who is uttering blasphemies? 83  Who can forgive sins but God alone? 5:22 When Jesus perceived 84  their hostile thoughts, 85  he said to them, 86 Why are you raising objections 87  within yourselves? 5:23 Which is easier, 88  to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Stand up and walk? 5:24 But so that you may know 89  that the Son of Man 90  has authority on earth to forgive sins– he said to the paralyzed man 91 “I tell you, stand up, take your stretcher 92  and go home.” 93  5:25 Immediately 94  he stood up before them, picked 95  up the stretcher 96  he had been lying on, and went home, glorifying 97  God. 5:26 Then 98  astonishment 99  seized them all, and they glorified 100  God. They were filled with awe, 101  saying, “We have seen incredible 102  things 103  today.” 104 

The Call of Levi; Eating with Sinners

5:27 After 105  this, Jesus 106  went out and saw a tax collector 107  named Levi 108  sitting at the tax booth. 109 Follow me,” 110  he said to him. 5:28 And he got up and followed him, leaving everything 111  behind. 112 

5:29 Then 113  Levi gave a great banquet 114  in his house for Jesus, 115  and there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others sitting 116  at the table with them. 5:30 But 117  the Pharisees 118  and their experts in the law 119  complained 120  to his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners? 121  5:31 Jesus 122  answered them, “Those who are well don’t need a physician, but those who are sick do. 123  5:32 I have not come 124  to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” 125 

The Superiority of the New

5:33 Then 126  they said to him, “John’s 127  disciples frequently fast 128  and pray, 129  and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, 130  but yours continue to eat and drink.” 131  5:34 So 132  Jesus said to them, “You cannot make the wedding guests 133  fast while the bridegroom 134  is with them, can you? 135  5:35 But those days are coming, and when the bridegroom is taken from them, 136  at that time 137  they will fast.” 5:36 He also told them a parable: 138  “No one tears a patch from a new garment and sews 139  it on an old garment. If he does, he will have torn 140  the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old. 141  5:37 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. 142  If he does, the new wine will burst the skins and will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. 5:38 Instead new wine must be poured into new wineskins. 143  5:39 144  No 145  one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, ‘The old is good enough.’ 146 

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