Gospel of Luke Chapter Five

5:1 Once, while the crowd pressed in around him listening to the teachings of God, He was standing by the lake of Gennesaret.
5:2 He saw two boats lying at the shore of the lake, but the fishermen had gotten out of them and were washing their nets.
5:3 Then Jesus got into one of the boats – that was Simon’s – and requested that he go a little further away from the shoreline. Then he sat down and started teaching the people from the boat.
5:4 When he finished speaking, he told Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let your nets out for fishing.”
5:5 Simon replied, “Master, we worked hard through the night and caught nothing – but I will do as you say and put out the nets.”
5:6 After doing this they caught a great number of fish and the nets began to burst.
5:7 So they signaled to their partners in another boat to come and help – so they came and filled both boats so full they started sinking.
5:8 When Simon Peter saw this he fell down at Jesus’ feet and said, “Leave me, Master, for I am a wicked man.”
5:9 For he and the others were gripped with amazement due to the catch of fish they had seized.
5:10 This included James and John, the sons of Zebedee – who were Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t worry, from now on you will be catching men.”
5:11 Once they had landed their boats on the shore, they left everything and followed him.
5:12 When he was in one of the villages, they saw a man completely infected with leprosy and when he saw Jesus he fell upon his face and beseeched him and said, “If you want to you can cleanse me.”
5:13 Then Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and said, “I want to. Become cleansed.” Immediately the leprosy left the man.
5:14 Then Jesus instructed him, “Tell no one. But go to the Altar Priests and make an offering for your purification – just as Moses instructed – as testimony.”
5:15 Yet the word about him spread far; and large crowds gathered to hear him and be healed of their weaknesses.
5:16 But Jesus would often withdraw to the wilderness to pray.
5:17 One day he was teaching and some pharisees and scribes were sitting there – having come from the villages throughout Galilee, Judea and Jerusalem. And the authority of the LORD was present within Jesus to restore them.
5:18 Then some men carried in a paralyzed man on a cot, and they tried to bring him in and place him down in front of Jesus.
5:19 But they couldn’t manage a way to bring him in. Because of the crowd they climbed up on the roof and lowered him and his stretcher down through the tiles into the middle of the crowd – right in front of Jesus.
5:20 He saw their faith and said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”
5:21 The pharisees and the scribes were thinking, “Who is this man who speaks blasphemies? And who can forgive sins except for God alone?”
5:22 Yet Jesus became aware of their thoughts, and said to them, “Why are you thinking these thoughts in your hearts?
5:23 What is easier, saying ‘your sins are forgiven’ or to say, ‘get up and walk’?
5:24 But so you know that the Servant of Humanity has authority on earth to forgive sins –“ he told the paralytic, “I tell you, get up, pick up your cot and go home.”
5:25 Immediately the man stood up and picked up his bedding and departed for his house, praising God.
5:26 Everyone was awestruck and began praising God. They were filled with reverence, and said, “We have seen a miracle today.”
5:27 Later he left and saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the tax counter and he instructed him, “Follow me.”
5:28 Then Levi got up and left everything behind and began following Jesus.
5:29 And Levi hosted a large reception for Jesus in his house and there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others who all sat at the table with them.
5:30 The pharisees and their scribes complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with the tax collectors and sinners?”
5:31 Jesus replied, “It isn’t the healthy who need a physician – but those who are sick.
5:32 I haven’t come to call the devoted: But rather, sinners to a change of heart.”
5:33 Then they told him, “John’s disciples regularly fast and offer prayers. The disciples of the pharisees also do this. But yours eat and drink.”
5:34 Then Jesus replied, “You wouldn’t make the servants of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them would you?
5:35 But the time will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them – then they will fast at that time.”
5:36 Then he told them this analogy: “No one tears a piece of cloth from a new garment and sews it on an old garment. Otherwise, he will have torn the new garment and the piece from the new garment won’t match the older garment.
5:37 And no one will put new wine into old wineskins – otherwise the new wine will burst the skins and it will spill out and the skins will be destroyed.
5:38 Rather, new wine must go into fresh wineskins.
5:39 And no one – after drinking old wine – wants the new because he says the old is mellowed.”