5:1 While the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennes'aret.
5:1 Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God,

5:2 And he saw two boats by the lake; but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets.
5:2 he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets.

5:3 Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon's, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
5:3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.

5:4 And when he had ceased speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch."
5:4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch."

5:5 And Simon answered, "Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets."
5:5 Simon answered, "Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets."

5:6 And when they had done this, they enclosed a great shoal of fish; and as their nets were breaking,
5:6 When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break.

5:7 they beckoned 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.
5:7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink.

5:8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord."
5:8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!"

5:9 For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the catch of fish which they had taken;
5:9 For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken;

5:10 and so also were James and John, sons of Zeb'edee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid; henceforth you will be catching men."
5:10 and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people."

5:11 And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.
5:11 When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.

5:12 While he was in one of the cities, there came a man full of leprosy; and when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and besought him, "Lord, if you will, you can make me clean."
5:12 Once, when he was in one of the cities, there was a man covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground and begged him, "Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean."

5:13 And he stretched out his hand, and touched him, saying, "I will; be clean." And immediately the leprosy left him.
5:13 Then Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, "I do choose. Be made clean." Immediately the leprosy left him.

5:14 And he charged him to tell no one; but "go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as Moses commanded, for a proof to the people."
5:14 And he ordered him to tell no one. "Go," he said, "and show yourself to the priest, and, as Moses commanded, make an offering for your cleansing, for a testimony to them."

5:15 But so much the more the report went abroad concerning him; and great multitudes gathered to hear and to be healed of their infirmities.
5:15 But now more than ever the word about Jesus spread abroad; many crowds would gather to hear him and to be cured of their diseases.

5:16 But he withdrew to the wilderness and prayed.
5:16 But he would withdraw to deserted places and pray.

5:17 On one of those days, as he was teaching, there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem; and the power of the Lord was with him to heal.
5:17 One day, while he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting near by (they had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem); and the power of the Lord was with him to heal.

5:18 And behold, men were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they sought to bring him in and lay him before Jesus;
5:18 Just then some men came, carrying a paralyzed man on a bed. They were trying to bring him in and lay him before Jesus;

5:19 but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus.
5:19 but finding no way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the middle of the crowd in front of Jesus.

5:20 And when he saw their faith he said, "Man, your sins are forgiven you."
5:20 When he saw their faith, he said, "Friend, your sins are forgiven you."

5:21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, saying, "Who is this that speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God only?"
5:21 Then the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, "Who is this who is speaking blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?"

5:22 When Jesus perceived their questionings, he answered them, "Why do you question in your hearts?
5:22 When Jesus perceived their questionings, he answered them, "Why do you raise such questions in your hearts?

5:23 Which is easier, to say, `Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, `Rise and walk'?
5:23 Which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Stand up and walk'?

5:24 But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins" -- he said to the man who was paralyzed -- "I say to you, rise, take up your bed and go home."
5:24 But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins"--he said to the one who was paralyzed--"I say to you, stand up and take your bed and go to your home."

5:25 And immediately he rose before them, and took up that on which he lay, and went home, glorifying God.
5:25 Immediately he stood up before them, took what he had been lying on, and went to his home, glorifying God.

5:26 And amazement seized them all, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, "We have seen strange things today."
5:26 Amazement seized all of them, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, "We have seen strange things today."

5:27 After this he went out, and saw a tax collector, named Levi, sitting at the tax office; and he said to him, "Follow me."
5:27 After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, "Follow me."

5:28 And he left everything, and rose and followed him.
5:28 And he got up, left everything, and followed him.

5:29 And Levi made him a great feast in his house; and there was a large company of tax collectors and others sitting at table with them.
5:29 Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house; and there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others sitting at the table with them.

5:30 And the Pharisees and their scribes murmured against his disciples, saying, "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?"
5:30 The Pharisees and their scribes were complaining to his disciples, saying, "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?"

5:31 And Jesus answered them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick;
5:31 Jesus answered, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick;

5:32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
5:32 I have come to call not the righteous but sinners to repentance."

5:33 And they said to him, "The disciples of John fast often and offer prayers, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours eat and drink."
5:33 Then they said to him, "John's disciples, like the disciples of the Pharisees, frequently fast and pray, but your disciples eat and drink.

5:34 And Jesus said to them, "Can you make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them?
5:34 Jesus said to them, "You cannot make wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them, can you?

5:35 The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days."
5:35 The days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days."

5:36 He told them a parable also: "No one tears a piece from a new garment and puts it upon an old garment; if he does, he will tear the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old.
5:36 He also told them a parable: "No one tears a piece from a new garment and sews it on an old garment; otherwise the new will be torn, and the piece from the new will not match the old.

5:37 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; if he does, the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed.
5:37 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the new wine will burst the skins and will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed.

5:38 But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins.
5:38 But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins.

5:39 And no one after drinking old wine desires new; for he says, `The old is good.'"
5:39 And no one after drinking old wine desires new wine, but says, 'The old is good.'"