Jesus Calls the First Disciples

Luke 5

1 So a it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to b hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, 2 and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. 3 Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon's, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He c sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. 4 When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, d "Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch." 5 But Simon answered and said to Him, "Master, we have toiled all night and caught e nothing; nevertheless f at Your word I will let down the net." 6 And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. 7 So they signaled 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. 8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, g "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!" 9 For he and all who were with him were h astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; 10 and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid. i From now on you will catch men." 11 So when they had brought their boats to land, j they 1 forsook all and followed Him.

  1. Cross References
    Matthew 4:18 - 22
    And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.
    Mark 1:16 - 20
    And as He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.
    John 1:40 - 42
    One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother.
  2. Cross References
    Acts 13:44
    On the next Sabbath almost the whole city came together to hear the word of God.
  3. Cross References
    John 8:2
    Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them.
  4. Cross References
    John 21:6
    And He said to them, "Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some." So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish.
  5. Cross References
    John 21:3
    Simon Peter said to them, "I am going fishing." They said to him, "We are going with you also." They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing.
  6. Cross References
    Psalms 33:9
    For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.
  7. Cross References
    2 Samuel 6:9
    David was afraid of the LORD that day; and he said, "How can the ark of the LORD come to me?
    1 Kings 17:18
    So she said to Elijah, "What have I to do with you, O man of God? Have you come to me to bring my sin to remembrance, and to kill my son?
  8. Cross References
    Mark 5:42
    Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement.
    Mark 10:24
    And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, "Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God!
    Mark 10:26
    And they were greatly astonished, saying among themselves, "Who then can be saved?
  9. Cross References
    Matthew 4:19
    Then He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.
    Mark 1:17
    Then Jesus said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.
  10. Cross References
    Matthew 4:20
    They immediately left their nets and followed Him.
    Matthew 19:27
    Then Peter answered and said to Him, "See, we h...
    Mark 1:18
    They immediately left their nets and followed Him.
    Mark 8:34
    When He had called the people to Himself, with ...
    Mark 8:35
    For whoever desires to save his life will lose ...
    Luke 9:59 - 62
    Then He said to another, "Follow Me." But he sa...
    John 12:26
    If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and whe...
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