Now while the multitude pressed on him and heard the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret/the sea of Galilee. Walking by, he saw two brothers: Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew, his brother, and were washing their nets; for they were fishermen. Jesus said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers for men.” He saw two boats standing by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them. He entered into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land.
He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat.When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep, and let down your nets for a catch.” Simon answered him, “Master, we worked all night, and took nothing; but at your word I will let down the net.” When they had done this, they caught a great multitude of fish, and their net was breaking. They beckoned to their partners in the other boat, that they should come and help them. They came, and filled both boats, so that they began to sink.
But Simon Peter, when he saw it, fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, Lord.” For he was amazed, and all who were with him, at the catch of fish which they had caught; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon.
Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid. From now on you will be catching people alive.” They immediately left their nets and followed him.
Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who were also in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, and they left their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired servants, and went after him.
Source Text Prioritization:
- Matthew 4:18-22
- Mark 1:16-20
- Luke 5:1-11