Luke 5



1 And it came·​·to·​·pass, as the crowd pressed·​·upon Him to hear the Word of God, He was even standing by the Lake of Gennesaret.

2 And He saw two ships standing by the lake; but the fishermen had stepped·​·away from them, and were washing their nets.

3 And having stepped into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, He besought him to launch out a·​·little from the land; and sitting·​·down, He taught the crowd from the ship.

4 And when he had ceased speaking, He said to Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a catch.

5 And Simon answering said to Him, Master, having labored through the whole night, we have taken nothing; but at Thy saying I will let down the net.

6 And when they had done this, they enclosed a multitude of many fish; and their net was breaking.

7 And they beckoned to their partners in the·​·other ship, that they should come to take some with them. And they came and filled both the ships, so·​·that they began to sink.

8 And Simon Peter, seeing this, fell·​·before the knees of Jesus, saying, Go·​·out from me, for I am a sinful man, Lord!

9 For astonishment encompassed him, and all who were with him, at the catch of the fish which they had taken;

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

11 And bringing their ships to the land, they left all, and followed Him.

12 And it came·​·to·​·pass, when He was in one of the cities, behold there was a man full of leprosy; and seeing Jesus, he fell on his face and entreated Him, saying, Lord, if Thou willest, Thou canst make· me ·clean.

13 And having stretched·​·out His hand, He touched him, saying, I am willing; be· thou ·cleansed. And straightway the leprosy went·​·away from him.

14 And He charged him to tell no·​·one, But go·​·away; show thyself to the priest, and make·​·an·​·offering about thy purification even·​·as Moses ordered for a testimony to them.

15 But the word concerning Him went the more abroad; and many crowds came together to hear, and to be cured by Him of their sicknesses.

16 And He departed into the wilderness and prayed.

17 And it came to pass on one of the days, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers·​·of·​·the·​·law sitting by, who had come out of every village of Galilee, and Judea, and Jerusalem; and the power of the Lord was there to heal them.

18 And behold, men bringing on a bed a man who was sick·​·of·​·the·​·palsy; and they sought to bring· him ·in and to put him before Him.

19 And not finding by what means they might bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up to the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with the bed into the midst before Jesus.

20 And seeing their faith, He said to him, Man, thy sins have been forgiven* thee.

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

22 But Jesus, knowing their reasonings, answered and said to them, What do you reason in your hearts?

23 Which is easier: to say, Thy sins have been forgiven thee, or to say, Arise and walk?

24 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins—He said to the sick·​·of·​·the·​·palsy, I say to·​·thee, Arise, and take·​·up thy bed, go to thy house.

25 And immediately, standing·​·up before them, he took·​·up that on which he had been lying, and he went·​·away to his house, glorifying God.

26 And amazement took them all, and they glorified God; and they were filled with fear, saying, We have seen glorious things today.

27 And after these·​·things He went·​·out, and observed a publican named Levi sitting at the receipt·​·of·​·tribute*, and He said to him, Follow Me.

28 And he left all things, stood·​·up, and followed Him.

29 And Levi made a great reception for Him in his house; and there was a crowd of many publicans and of others who were reclining with them.

30 And their scribes and the Pharisees murmured at His disciples, saying, Why do you eat and drink with publicans and sinners?

31 And Jesus answering said to them, They who are well have no need of a physician, but they who have an illness.

32 I came not to call the just, but sinners to repentance.

33 And they said to Him, Why do the disciples of John fast often, and make prayers, and likewise the disciples of the Pharisees, but Thine eat and drink?

34 And He said to them, Can you make the sons of·​·the·​·wedding fast while the Bridegroom is with them?

35 But the days will come when the Bridegroom shall be taken·​·away from them, and then they shall fast in those days.

36 And He told also a parable to them: No·​·one puts a piece of a new garment on an old garment; otherwise both the new piece rips it*, and the piece from the new agrees· not ·with the old.

37 And no one puts young wine into old bottles*; otherwise the young wine will tear the bottles and be spilled, and the bottles will perish.

38 But young wine must be put into new bottles, and both are preserved.

39 And no one, having drunk the old, straightway desires young, for he says, The old is more agreeable.

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Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.