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Luke 5


 1 Then (1) (*) it came to pass, as the people (a) pressed upon him to hear the word of God, that he stood by the lake of Gennesaret,


(1) Christ advertiseth the four disciples which he had taken unto him, of the office of the Apostleship, which should hereafter be committed unto them.

(*) Matthew 4:18; Mark 1:16 .
(a) Did as it were lie upon him, so desirous they were to see him, and hear him, and therefore he taught them out of a ship.


 2 And saw two ships stand by the lakeside, but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets.


 3 And (*) he entered into one of the ships, which was Simonís, and required him that he would thrust off a little from the land, and he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.


(*) To the intent that he might not be thronged of the press, and also that he might the better be heard.


 4  ∂ Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets to make a draught.


 5 Then Simon answered, and said unto him, (b) Master, we have travailed sore all night, and have taken nothing, nevertheless at thy (*) word I will let down the net.


(b) The word signifieth him that hath rule over anything.

(*) He sheweth his prompt obedience to Christís commandment.


 6 And when they had so done, they enclosed a great multitude of fishes, so that their net brake.


 7 And they beckoned to their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them, who came then, and filled both the ships, that they did (*) sink.


(*) They were so laden that they almost sunk.


 8 Now when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesusí knees, saying, Lord, go from me, for I am a sinful man.


 9 For he (*) was utterly astonied, and all that were with him, for the draught of fishes which they took.


(*) The feeling of Godís presence maketh affrayed.


 10 And so was also James and John the sons of Zebedee, which were companions with Simon. Then Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not, from (*) henceforth thou shalt catch men.


(*) He appointeth him to the office of an Apostle.


 11 And when they had brought the ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.


 12  ∂ (*) (2) Now it came to pass, as he was in a certain city, behold, there was a man full of leprosy, and when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.


(*) Matthew 8:2; Mark 1:40 .

(2) Christ by healing the leper with his only touch, and sending him to the Priest, witnesseth that it is he, through whom and by whom, apprehended by faith, all we which are unclean, according to the Law, by the witness of God himself, are pronounced to be pure and clean.


 13 So he stretched forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will, be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him.


 14 And he commanded him that he should tell it no man, but Go, saith he, and shew thyself to the (♣) Priest, and offer for thy cleansing, as (*) Moses hath commanded, for a witness unto them.


(♣) Hereby he sheweth them that he would not transgress the Law, and that they should be inexcusable, who seeing the miracle wrought, would not believe Christ.

(*) Leviticus 14:4 .


 15  (3) But so much more went there a fame abroad of him, and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed of him of their infirmities.


(3) Christ had rather to be famous by his doctrine, than by miracles, and therefore he departeth from them that seek him, as a physician of the body, and not as the author of salvation.


 16 But he kept himself apart in the wilderness, and prayed.


 17  ∂ (4) And it came to pass, on a certain day, as he was teaching, that the Pharisees and doctors of the Law sat by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judea, and Jerusalem, and the power of the Lord (c) was in him, to heal them.


(4) Christ in healing him that was sick of the palsy, sheweth the cause of all diseases, and the remedy.
(c) The mighty power of Christ's Godhead shewed itself in him, at that time.


 18  (*) Then behold, men brought a man lying in a bed, which was taken with a palsy, and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him.


(*) Matthew 9:2; Mark 2:3 .


 19 And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in, because of the press, they went up on the house, and let him down through the tiling, bed and all, in the midst before Jesus.


 20 And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy (*) sins are forgiven thee.


(*) Christ toucheth the principal cause of all our evils.


 21 Then the Scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this that speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God only?


 22 But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answered, and said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts?


 23 Whether is easier to say, Thy (*) sins are forgiven thee, or to say, Rise and walk?


(*) For as much as his divinity was sufficiently shewed by this miracle, he gave them hereby to understand that he had power to forgive sins.


 24 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath authority to forgive sins in earth, (he said unto the sick of the palsy) I say to thee, Arise, take up thy bed, and go to thy house.


 25 And immediately he rose up before them, and took up his bed whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, praising God.


 26 And they were all amazed, and praised God, and were filled with fear, saying, Doubtless we have seen (*) strange things today.


(*) Or, above our expectations.


 27  ∂ (*) (5) And after that, he went forth and saw a Publican named (♣) Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me.


(*) Matthew 9:9; Mark 2:14 .

(5) The Church is a company of sinners through the grace of Christ repentant, which banquet with him, to the great offence of the proud and envious worldlings.

(♣) Or, Matthew.


 28 And he left all, rose up, and followed him.


 29 Then Levi made him a great feast in his own house, where there was a great company of Publicans, and of others that sat at table with them.


 30 But they that were Scribes and Pharisees among them, murmured against his disciples, saying, Why eat ye and drink ye with Publicans and sinners?


 31 Then Jesus answered, and said unto them, They that are whole, need not the Physician, but they that are sick.


 32  (*) I came not to call the (♣) righteous, but sinners to repentance.


(*) 1 Timothy 1:15 .

(♣) Which seem to be righteous and yet are but hypocrites.


 33  (*) (6) Then they said unto him, Why do the disciples of John fast often, and (♣) pray, and the disciples of the Pharisees also, but thine eat and drink?


(*) Matthew 9:14; Mark 2:18 .

(6) It is the point of hypocrites and ignorant men to put a holiness in fasting, and in things indifferent.

(♣) Greek, make prayers.


 34  (7) And he said unto them, Can ye make the (*) children of the wedding chamber to fast, as long as the bridegroom is with them?


(7) Laws generally made without any consideration of circumstances, for fasting and other things of like sort, are not only tyrannous, but very hurtful in the Church.

(*) The friends and familiars of Christ; and hereby Jesus Christ declareth that he will not burden his, before that he hath made them able to bear.


 35 But the days will come, even when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, then shall they fast in those days.


 36 Again he spake also unto them a parable, No man putteth a piece of a new garment into an old vesture; for then the new renteth it, and the piece taken out of the new, agreeth not with the old.


 37  (*) Also no man poureth new wine into old vessels; for then the new wine will break the vessels, and it will run out, and the vessels will perish;


(*) Matthew 9:17 .


 38 But new wine must be poured into new vessels, so both are preserved.


 39 Also no man that (*) drinketh old wine, straightway desireth new; for he saith, The old is better.


(*) He admonisheth them not to trust to much to their own sense or judgment; nor because they have accustomed themselves to one thing, to condemn another, which is better.




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