And it came to pass, in the multitude pressing on him to hear the word of God, that he was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret,
and he saw two boats standing beside the lake, and the fishers, having gone away from them, were washing the nets,
and having entered into one of the boats, that was Simon's, he asked him to put back a little from the land, and having sat down, was teaching the multitudes out of the boat.
And when he left off speaking, he said unto Simon, `Put back to the deep, and let down your nets for a draught;'
and Simon answering said to him, `Master, through the whole night, having laboured, we have taken nothing, but at thy saying I will let down the net.'
And having done this, they enclosed a great multitude of fishes, and their net was breaking,
and they beckoned to the partners, who [are] in the other boat, having come, to help them; and they came, and filled both the boats, so that they were sinking.
And Simon Peter having seen, fell down at the knees of Jesus, saying, `Depart from me, because I am a sinful man, O lord;'
for astonishment seized him, and all those with him, at the draught of the fishes that they took,
and in like manner also James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon; and Jesus said unto Simon, `Fear not, henceforth thou shalt be catching men;'
and they, having brought the boats upon the land, having left all, did follow him.
And it came to pass, in his being in one of the cities, that lo, a man full of leprosy, and having seen Jesus, having fallen on [his] face, he besought him, saying, `Sir, if thou mayest will, thou art able to cleanse me;'
and having stretched forth [his] hand, he touched him, having said, `I will; be thou cleansed;' and immediately the leprosy went away from him.
And he charged him to tell no one, `But, having gone away, shew thyself to the priest, and bring near for thy cleansing according as Moses directed, for a testimony to them;'
but the more was the report going abroad concerning him, and great multitudes were coming together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities,
and he was withdrawing himself in the desert places and was praying.
And it came to pass, on one of the days, that he was teaching, and there were sitting by Pharisees and teachers of the Law, who were come out of every village of Galilee, and Judea, and Jerusalem, and the power of the Lord was -- to heal them.
And lo, men bearing upon a couch a man, who hath been struck with palsy, and they were seeking to bring him in, and to place before him,
and not having found by what way they may bring him in because of the multitude, having gone up on the house-top, through the tiles they let him down, with the little couch, into the midst before Jesus,
and he having seen their faith, said to him, `Man, thy sins have been forgiven thee.'
And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, `Who is this that doth speak evil words? who is able to forgive sins, except God only?'
And Jesus having known their reasonings, answering, said unto them, `What reason ye in your hearts?
which is easier -- to say, Thy sins have been forgiven thee? or to say, Arise, and walk?
`And that ye may know that the Son of Man hath authority upon the earth to forgive sins -- (he said to the one struck with palsy) -- I say to thee, Arise, and having taken up thy little couch, be going on to thy house.'
And presently having risen before them, having taken up [that] on which he was lying, he went away to his house, glorifying God,
and astonishment took all, and they were glorifying God, and were filled with fear, saying -- `We saw strange things to-day.'
And after these things he went forth, and beheld a tax-gatherer, by name Levi, sitting at the tax-office, and said to him, `Be following me;'
and he, having left all, having arisen, did follow him.
And Levi made a great entertainment to him in his house, and there was a great multitude of tax-gatherers and others who were with them reclining (at meat),
and the scribes and the Pharisees among them were murmuring at his disciples, saying, `Wherefore with tax-gatherers and sinners do ye eat and drink?'
And Jesus answering said unto them, `They who are well have no need of a physician, but they that are ill:
I came not to call righteous men, but sinners, to reformation.'
And they said unto him, `Wherefore do the disciples of John fast often, and make supplications -- in like manner also those of the Pharisees -- but thine do eat and drink?'
And he said unto them, `Are ye able to make the sons of the bride-chamber -- in the bridegroom being with them -- to fast?
but days will come, and, when the bridegroom may be taken away from them, then they shall fast in those days.'
And he spake also a simile unto them -- `No one a patch of new clothing doth put on old clothing, and if otherwise, the new also doth make a rent, and with the old the patch doth not agree, that [is] from the new.
`And no one doth put new wine into old skins, and if otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins, and itself will be poured out, and the skins will be destroyed;
but new wine into new skins is to be put, and both are preserved together;
and no one having drunk old [wine], doth immediately wish new, for he saith, The old is better.'
And it came to pass, on the second-first sabbath, as he is going through the corn fields, that his disciples were plucking the ears, and were eating, rubbing with the hands,
and certain of the Pharisees said to them, `Why do ye that which is not lawful to do on the sabbaths?'
And Jesus answering said unto them, `Did ye not read even this that David did, when he hungered, himself and those who are with him,
how he went into the house of God, and the loaves of the presentation did take, and did eat, and gave also to those with him, which it is not lawful to eat, except only to the priests?'
and he said to them, -- `The Son of Man is lord also of the sabbath.'
And it came to pass also, on another sabbath, that he goeth into the synagogue, and teacheth, and there was there a man, and his right hand was withered,
and the scribes and the Pharisees were watching him, if on the sabbath he will heal, that they might find an accusation against him.
And he himself had known their reasonings, and said to the man having the withered hand, `Rise, and stand in the midst;' and he having risen, stood.
Then said Jesus unto them, `I will question you something: Is it lawful on the sabbaths to do good, or to do evil? life to save or to kill?'
And having looked round on them all, he said to the man, `Stretch forth thy hand;' and he did so, and his hand was restored whole as the other;
and they were filled with madness, and were speaking with one another what they might do to Jesus.
And it came to pass in those days, he went forth to the mountain to pray, and was passing the night in the prayer of God,
and when it became day, he called near his disciples, and having chosen from them twelve, whom also he named apostles,
(Simon, whom also he named Peter, and Andrew his brother, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew,
Matthew and Thomas, James of Alphaeus, and Simon called Zelotes,
Judas of James, and Judas Iscariot, who also became betrayer;)
and having come down with them, he stood upon a level spot, and a crowd of his disciples, and a great multitude of the people from all Judea, and Jerusalem, and the maritime Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear him, and to be healed of their sicknesses,
and those harassed by unclean spirits, and they were healed,
and all the multitude were seeking to touch him, because power from him was going forth, and he was healing all.
And he, having lifted up his eyes to his disciples, said: `Happy the poor -- because yours is the reign of God.
`Happy those hungering now -- because ye shall be filled. `Happy those weeping now -- because ye shall laugh.
`Happy are ye when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you, and shall reproach, and shall cast forth your name as evil, for the Son of Man's sake --
rejoice in that day, and leap, for lo, your reward [is] great in the heaven, for according to these things were their fathers doing to the prophets.
`But wo to you -- the rich, because ye have got your comfort.
`Wo to you who have been filled -- because ye shall hunger. `Wo to you who are laughing now -- because ye shall mourn and weep.
`Wo to you when all men shall speak well of you -- for according to these things were their fathers doing to false prophets.
`But I say to you who are hearing, Love your enemies, do good to those hating you,
bless those cursing you, and pray for those accusing you falsely;
and to him smiting thee upon the cheek, give also the other, and from him taking away from thee the mantle, also the coat thou mayest not keep back.
`And to every one who is asking of thee, be giving; and from him who is taking away thy goods, be not asking again;
and as ye wish that men may do to you, do ye also to them in like manner;
and -- if ye love those loving you, what grace have ye? for also the sinful love those loving them;
and if ye do good to those doing good to you, what grace have ye? for also the sinful do the same;
and if ye lend [to those] of whom ye hope to receive back, what grace have ye? for also the sinful lend to sinners -- that they may receive again as much.
`But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again, and your reward will be great, and ye shall be sons of the Highest, because He is kind unto the ungracious and evil;
be ye therefore merciful, as also your Father is merciful.
`And judge not, and ye may not be judged; condemn not, and ye may not be condemned; release, and ye shall be released.
`Give, and it shall be given to you; good measure, pressed, and shaken, and running over, they shall give into your bosom; for with that measure with which ye measure, it shall be measured to you again.'
And he spake a simile to them, `Is blind able to lead blind? shall they not both fall into a pit?
A disciple is not above his teacher, but every one perfected shall be as his teacher.
`And why dost thou behold the mote that is in thy brother's eye, and the beam that [is] in thine own eye dost not consider?
or how art thou able to say to thy brother, Brother, suffer, I may take out the mote that [is] in thine eye -- thyself the beam in thine own eye not beholding? Hypocrite, take first the beam out of thine own eye, and then thou shalt see clearly to take out the mote that [is] in thy brother's eye.
`For there is not a good tree making bad fruit, nor a bad tree making good fruit;
for each tree from its own fruit is known, for not from thorns do they gather figs, nor from a bramble do they crop a grape.
`The good man out of the good treasure of his heart doth bring forth that which [is] good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart doth bring forth that which [is] evil; for out of the abounding of the heart doth his mouth speak.
`And why do ye call me, Lord, Lord, and do not what I say?
Every one who is coming unto me, and is hearing my words, and is doing them, I will shew you to whom he is like;
he is like to a man building a house, who did dig, and deepen, and laid a foundation upon the rock, and a flood having come, the stream broke forth on that house, and was not able to shake it, for it had been founded upon the rock.
`And he who heard and did not, is like to a man having builded a house upon the earth, without a foundation, against which the stream brake forth, and immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house became great.'