The Holy Bible - The New King James Version - Luke
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- So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God,
that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret,
- And saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from
them and were washing their nets.
- Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon's, and asked him to put
out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the
- When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, "Launch out into the deep
and let down your nets for a catch."
- But Simon answered and said to Him, "Master, we have toiled all night and
caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net."
- And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their
net was breaking.
- So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help
them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.
- When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart
from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!"
- For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish
which they had taken;
- And so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners
with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid. From now on you will
- So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and
- And it happened when He was in a certain city, that behold, a man who was
full of leprosy saw Jesus; and he fell on his face and implored Him, saying,
"Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean."
- Then He put out His hand and touched him, saying, "I am willing; be
cleansed." Immediately the leprosy left him.
- And He charged him to tell no one, "But go and show yourself to the
priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as a testimony to them, just
as Moses commanded."
- However, the report went around concerning Him all the more; and great
multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by Him of their
- So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.
- Now it happened on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there were
Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town
of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to
- Then behold, men brought on a bed a man who was paralyzed, whom they
sought to bring in and lay before Him.
- And when they could not find how they might bring him in, because of the
crowd, they went up on the housetop and let him down with his bed through the
tiling into the midst before Jesus.
- When He saw their faith, He said to him, "Man, your sins are forgiven
- And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, "Who is this
who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?"
- But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, He answered and said to them,
"Why are you reasoning in your hearts?
- Which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Rise up
- But that you may know that the Son of Man has power 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."
- Immediately he rose up before them, took up what he had been lying on, and
departed to his own house, glorifying God.
- And they were all amazed, and they glorified God and were filled with
fear, saying, "We have seen strange things today!"
- After these things He went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting
at the tax office. And He said to him, "Follow Me."
- So he left all, rose up, and followed Him.
- Then Levi gave Him a great feast in his own house. And there were a great
number of tax collectors and others who sat down with them.
- And their scribes and the Pharisees complained against His disciples,
saying, "Why do You eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?"
- Jesus answered and said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a
physician, but those who are sick.
- I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance."
- Then they said to Him, "Why do the disciples of John fast often and make
prayers, and likewise those of the Pharisees, but Yours eat and drink?"
- And He said to them, "Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast
while the bridegroom is with them?
- But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them;
then they will fast in those days."
- Then He spoke a parable to them: "No one puts a piece from a new garment
on an old one; otherwise the new makes a tear, and also the piece that was
taken out of the new does not match the old.
- And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will
burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wineskins will be ruined.
- But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved.
- And no one, having drunk old wine, immediately desires new; for he says,
'The old is better.' "
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