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Luke 4:38–5:11

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Jesus Heals Many

4:38–41pp—Mt 8:14–17
4:38–43pp—Mk 1:29–38

38 Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her. 39 So he bent over her and rebukedn the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them.

40 At sunset, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one,o he healed them.p 41 Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!”q But he rebukedr them and would not allow them to speak,s because they knew he was the Messiah.

42 At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them. 43 But he said, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of Godt to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” 44 And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea.u

Jesus Calls His First Disciples

5:1–11pp—Mt 4:18–22; Mk 1:16–20; Jn 1:40–42

5 One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret,a the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God.v He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.w

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”x

Simon answered, “Master,y we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything.z But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”

When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.a So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!”b For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.

Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid;c from now on you will fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.d

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