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,
2 he saw two boats
there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them
and were washing their nets.
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.
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 Simon answered,
‘Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing.
Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.’
6 When they had
done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning
7 So they signalled
to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they
came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink.
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!’
9 For he and all
who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had
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.’
11 When they had
brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed