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Peter, James, and John Follow Jesus

5 1Jesus stood beside Lake Gennesaret (Galilee). Many people pushed to get all around him. They wanted to hear the teachings of God. 2Jesus saw two boats at the shore of the lake. The fishermen were washing their nets. 3Jesus got into the boat that belonged to Simon.* Jesus asked Simon to push off a little from the shore. Then Jesus sat down in the boat and taught the people on the shore. 4Jesus finished speaking. He said to Simon,*"Take the boat into the deep water. If all of you will put your nets into the water, you will catch some fish." 5Simon* answered, "Master, we worked hard all night trying to catch fish, but we caught nothing. But you say I should put the nets into the water; so I will." 6The fishermen put their nets into the water. Their nets became so full of fish that the nets began to break. 7They called to their friends in the other boat to come and help them. The friends came, and both boats were filled so full of fish that they were almost sinking. 8-9The fishermen were all amazed at the many fish they caught. When Simon Peter saw this, he bowed down before Jesus and said, "Go away from me, Lord. I am a sinful man!" 10James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were amazed too. (James and John worked together with Simon.*) Jesus said to Simon,*"Don't be afraid. From now on you will work to gather people, [not fish]!" 11The men brought their boats to the shore. They left everything and followed Jesus.

Jesus Heals a Sick Man

12One time Jesus was in a town where a very sick man lived. This man was covered with leprosy.* When the man saw Jesus, he bowed before Jesus and begged him, "Lord, heal me. I know you can if you want to." 13Jesus said, "I want to heal you. Be healed!" Then Jesus touched the man. Immediately the leprosy* disappeared. 14Then Jesus said, "Don't tell anyone about what happened. But go show yourself to the priest.* And offer a gift [to God] for your healing like Moses commanded. This will show people that you are healed." 15But the news about Jesus spread more and more. Many people came to hear Jesus and to be healed of their sicknesses. 16Jesus often went away to other places to be alone so that he could pray.

Simon Simon's other name was Peter. leprosy A very bad skin disease. show yourself to the priest The law of Moses said a priest must say when a Jew with leprosy was well.

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