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.

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Footnotes

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

(A)and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were (B)washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon's, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And (C)he sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, (D)“Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, (E)we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, (F)they enclosed a large number of fish, and (G)their nets were breaking. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. (H)And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, (I)“Depart from me, for (J)I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, 10 and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.”[a] 11 And when they had brought their boats to land, (K)they left everything and followed him.

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Footnotes

  1. Luke 5:10 The Greek word anthropoi refers here to both men and women

40 (A)One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus[a] was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. 41 He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found (B)the Messiah” (which means Christ). 42 He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of (C)John. You shall be called (D)Cephas” (which means (E)Peter[b]).

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Footnotes

  1. John 1:40 Greek him
  2. John 1:42 Cephas and Peter are from the word for rock in Aramaic and Greek, respectively

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