Jesus Calls the First Disciples

18 (A)While walking by (B)the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you (C)fishers of men.”[a] 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21 And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. 22 Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

Jesus Ministers to Great Crowds

23 (D)And he went throughout all Galilee, (E)teaching in their synagogues and (F)proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and (G)healing every disease and every affliction among the people. 24 So his fame spread throughout all (H)Syria, and (I)they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and (J)pains, (K)those oppressed by demons, (L)those having seizures, and (M)paralytics, and he healed them. 25 (N)And great crowds followed him from Galilee and the (O)Decapolis, and from Jerusalem and Judea, and from beyond the Jordan.

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 4:19 The Greek word anthropoi refers here to both men and women

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