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said unto Simon, "Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught." And Simon answering said unto him, "Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing; nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net." When they had done this, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes, and their net brake. And they beckoned. unto their partners, who were in the other vessel, that they should come and help them; and they came and filled both the vessels, so that they began to sink.
When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' feet, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord* ;" for he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of fishes which
* Peter perceived that Jesus was a prophet, and he was afraid that he would tell him of some great calamity which would soon befal him as a punishment for his sins; he therefore entreated him to depart from him.
they had taken; and so were also James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said. unto Simon, "Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men." And when they had brought their vessels to land, they forsook all, and followed him.
Shortly after this, as Jesus passed by, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the receipt of custom; and he said unto him, "Follow me;" and he arose and followed him.
A few days afterwards Jesus went out into a desert place on a mountain to pray; and he continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples (that is, those who were willing to learn of him); and of these he chose twelve, whom he named Apostles. These twelve he appointed that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach,and to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out evil spirits.
Now the names of the twelve Apostles are these: the first Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alpheus, and Lebbeus, whose surname was Thaddeus; Simon the Canaanite; and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.
JESUS PERFORMS MANY MIRACLES IN GALILEE.
(Matt. iv. 23-25, v. 1; viii. 1-4; Luke vii. 1-10.)
AND Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the good news of the kingdom of God, and healing all manner of sickness, and all manner of disease, among the people. And his fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought unto him all sick people, that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and
those that were possessed with evil spirits, and those that were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them. And there followed him great multitudes of people, from Galilee and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judæa, and from the banks of the Jordan.
And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain, and when he was set down, his disciples came unto him. And there it was that he delivered to them that discourse which is found in the fifth, sixth, and seventh chapters of Saint Matthew's Gospel, and which is commonly called the Sermon on the Mount.
When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him. And behold there came a leper, and made obeisance to him, saying, "Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean." And Jesus put forth his hand and touched him, saying, "I will; be thou clean."
And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Then Jesus said unto him, "See thou tell no man; but go thy way; shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, to notify to the people that thou art cured."
Then Jesus entered into Capernaum. And a certain Centurion's † servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die. And when the Centurion heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant. And when they came to Jesus, they earnestly besought him, saying, "He is worthy for whom thou shouldst do this, for he loveth our nation, and he built us our synagogue."
Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the Centurion sent friends to him,
*See Leviticus, ch. xiv.
+ The Centurions were captains of a hundred men in the Roman armies.