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V.  And it came to pass, as the multitude pressed upon him to hear the word of God, and he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret,

2that he saw two ships standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone out of them, and were washing the nets.

3And entering into one of the ships, which was Simon's, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And sitting down, he taught the multitudes out of the ship.

4And when he ceased speaking, he said to Simon: Put out into the deep; and do ye let down your nets for a draught.

5And Simon answering said to him: Master, we toiled all night and took nothing; but at thy word I will let down the net.

6And having done this, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes; and their net began to break.

7And they beckoned to their partners in the other ship, to come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.

8And Simon Peter, seeing it, fell down at the knees of Jesus, saying: Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.

9For astonishment had seized him, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken;

10and likewise also James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon.
And Jesus said to Simon: Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.

11And having brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.

12And it came to pass, when he was in one of the cities, that there was a man full of leprosy. And seeing Jesus he fell on his face, and besought him, saying: Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst cleanse me.

13And stretching forth his hand he touched him, saying: I will; be thou cleansed. And immediately the leprosy departed from him.

14And he charged him to tell no one: But go, and show thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing as Moses commanded, for a testimony to them.

15But all the more went abroad the report concerning him; and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed of their infirmities.

16And he was wont to retire into the solitary places, and pray.

17And it came to pass, on a certain day, that he was teaching; and there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every village of Galilee, and Judæa, and Jerusalem; and there was power of the Lord for healing them.

18And, behold, men brought on a bed a man who was palsied; and they sought to bring him in, and to lay him before him.

19And not finding by what way they might bring him in, because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with the couch into the midst before Jesus.

20And seeing their faith he said: Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.

21And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying: Who is this that speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?

22But Jesus, perceiving their thoughts, answering said to them: What reason ye in your hearts?

23Which is easier, to say, Thy sins are forgiven thee; or to say, Arise and walk?

24But that ye may know that the Son of man has power on the earth to forgive sins, (he said to the palsied man,) I say to thee, arise, and taking up thy couch go to thy house.

25And immediately standing up before them, he took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his house, glorifying God.

26And they were all amazed; and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying: We have seen strange things to-day.

27And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the place of receiving custom; and he said to him: Follow me.

28And leaving all, he arose and followed him.

29And Levi made him a great feast in his own house; and there was a great company of publicans and of others who reclined at the table with them.

30And the Pharisees, and their scribes, murmured against his disciples, saying: Why do ye eat and drink with the publicans and sinners?

31And Jesus answering said to them: They who are well need not a physician, but they who are sick.

32I have not come to call righteous men, but sinners to repentance.

33And they said to him: Why do the disciples of John fast often, and make prayers, and likewise those of the Pharisees, but thine eat and drink?

34And he said to them: Can ye make the sons of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them?

35But days will come, when the bridegroom will be taken away from them; then shall they fast in those days.

36And he spoke also a parable to them: No one rends a piece from a new garment, and puts it on an old garment; else both the new will make a rent, and the piece from the new agrees not with the old.

37And no one puts new wine into old skins; else the new wine will burst the skins, and will itself be poured out, and the skins will perish.

38But new wine must be put into new skins, and both are preserved together.

39And no one having drunk old wine straightway desires new; for he says: The old is better.