Luke 5:1
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New International Version
One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God.

New Living Translation
One day as Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, great crowds pressed in on him to listen to the word of God.

English Standard Version
On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret,

Berean Study Bible
On one occasion, while Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret with the crowd pressing in on Him to hear the word of God,

Berean Literal Bible
And it came to pass, in the crowd pressing on Him also to hear the word of God, and He was standing by the lake of Gennesaret,

New American Standard Bible
Now it happened that while the crowd was pressing around Him and listening to the word of God, He was standing by the lake of Gennesaret;

King James Bible
And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As the crowd was pressing in on Jesus to hear God's word, He was standing by Lake Gennesaret.

International Standard Version
One day, as the crowd was pressing in on him to listen to God's word, Jesus was standing by the lake of Gennesaret.

NET Bible
Now Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing around him to hear the word of God.

New Heart English Bible
Now it happened, while the crowd pressed on him and heard the word of God, that he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Now it happened that when the crowd gathered around him to hear the word of God, and he was standing on the side of the Lake of Genesar

GOD'S WORD® Translation
One day Jesus was standing by the Sea of Galilee. The people crowded around him as they listened to God's word.

New American Standard 1977
Now it came about that while the multitude were pressing around Him and listening to the word of God, He was standing by the lake of Gennesaret;

Jubilee Bible 2000
And it came to pass that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret

King James 2000 Bible
And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret,

American King James Version
And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed on him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret,

American Standard Version
Now it came to pass, while the multitude pressed upon him and heard the word of God, that he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret;

Douay-Rheims Bible
AND it came to pass, that when the multitudes pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Genesareth,

Darby Bible Translation
And it came to pass, as the crowd pressed on him to hear the word of God, that he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret:

English Revised Version
Now it came to pass, while the multitude pressed upon him and heard the word of God, that he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret;

Webster's Bible Translation
And it came to pass, that as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret.

Weymouth New Testament
On one occasion the crowd was pressing on Him and listening to God's Message, while He was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret.

World English Bible
Now it happened, while the multitude pressed on him and heard the word of God, that he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret.

Young's Literal Translation
And it came to pass, in the multitude pressing on him to hear the word of God, that he was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret,
Study Bible
The First Disciples
1On one occasion, while Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret with the crowd pressing in on Him to hear the word of God, 2He saw two boats at the edge of the lake. The fishermen had left them and were washing their nets.…
Cross References
Numbers 34:11
and the border shall go down from Shepham to Riblah on the east side of Ain; and the border shall go down and reach to the slope on the east side of the Sea of Chinnereth.

Deuteronomy 3:17
the Arabah also, with the Jordan as a border, from Chinnereth even as far as the sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, at the foot of the slopes of Pisgah on the east.

Joshua 12:3
and the Arabah as far as the Sea of Chinneroth toward the east, and as far as the sea of the Arabah, even the Salt Sea, eastward toward Beth-jeshimoth, and on the south, at the foot of the slopes of Pisgah;

Joshua 13:27
and in the valley, Beth-haram and Beth-nimrah and Succoth and Zaphon, the rest of the kingdom of Sihon king of Heshbon, with the Jordan as a border, as far as the lower end of the Sea of Chinnereth beyond the Jordan to the east.

Matthew 4:18
As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen.

Matthew 14:34
When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret.

Mark 1:16
As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen.

Mark 3:9
Jesus asked His disciples to have a boat ready for Him so that the crowd would not crush Him.

Mark 4:1
Once again, Jesus began to teach beside the sea, and such a large crowd gathered around Him that He got into a boat and sat in it. All the people crowded along the shore,

Luke 5:2
He saw two boats at the edge of the lake. The fishermen had left them and were washing their nets.
Treasury of Scripture

And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed on him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret,

it.

Luke 8:45 And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that …

Luke 12:1 In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable …

Matthew 4:18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon …

Matthew 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven …

Mark 1:16 Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his …

Mark 3:9 And he spoke to his disciples, that a small ship should wait on him …

Mark 5:24 And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.

the lake.

Numbers 34:11 And the coast shall go down from Shepham to Riblah, on the east side …

Chinnereth.

Joshua 12:3 And from the plain to the sea of Chinneroth on the east, and to the …

Chinneroth.

Matthew 14:34 And when they were gone over, they came into the land of Gennesaret.

Mark 6:53 And when they had passed over, they came into the land of Gennesaret, …

V.

(1-11) And it came to pass . . .--See Notes on Matthew 4:18-22. The narrative here has so many points in common with that in St. Matthew and St. Mark (Mark 1:16-20) that it has been supposed by most commentators to be a different report of the same facts. It is supposed to be all but incredible that the call to the four disciples, the promise that they should be "fishers of men," their leaving all and following their Master, could have been repeated after comparatively so short an interval. On the other hand, St. Luke places it after the healing of Simon's wife's mother; St. Mark and St. Matthew place what they relate before, and the miraculous draught of fishes and Peter's confession are singularly distinctive features. Their narrative, again, is unconnected with our Lord's preaching to the people, with which this opens. On the whole we cannot go farther than saying that there is a slight presumption against the hypothesis of identity. On the assumption of difference we may infer that while our Lord went by Himself to preach the gospel of the kingdom to "the other cities," the disciples returned, as they did after the Resurrection, to their old manner of life, and were now called again to their higher work.

The lake of Gennesaret.--St. Luke is the only Evangelist who thus describes the Sea of Galilee. On the land of Gennesaret, see Note on Matthew 14:34.

Verse 1. - And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God. His fame as a great Teacher was evidently now firmly established. If it were known that he intended speaking in public, a crowd of listeners would gather quickly round him, whether in the synagogues, or by the lake-shore, or in the market-place. He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret. On this occasion, as he taught by the quiet lake waters, the throng was so great that he borrowed the fishing-boat of one of his friends, and, just pushing out from the shore, spoke to the multitude from the little craft as it rocked on the wavelets of the lake. Dean Stanley calls it "the most sacred sheet of water which the earth contains." The rabbinical derivation is interesting: "Gannesarim, garden of princes;" but it is more probable that Gennesaret is but a reproduction of the old Hebrew name Chinneroth (Joshua 12:3), so called from its harplike shape. It is a beautiful sheet of water, twelve or thirteen miles long and nearly seven broad at one portion of the lake. The Jordan flows through it. In our Lord's time it was surrounded by the richest and most populous district of the Holy Land; large and flourishing towns were built along its shores. Capernaum, as has been said, was the junction of the great roads leading from Syria and the far East to the Mediterranean on the west, and Jerusalem and Egypt on the south. The lake was famous for its fish, and was crowded with all descriptions of craft. The whole scene is now changed. Scarcely a rude boat is ever seen on the blue silent waters. Desolate ruins fringe the deserted shores, with here and there a crumbling mud village, inhabited by the poorest and least enterprising of peasants, so sadly changed is this beautiful and wealthy district, which the rabbis used to love to speak of as the one among the seven seas of Canaan which God had reserved for himself. And it came to pass, that as the people pressed upon him,.... As Christ went through Galilee, and preached in the synagogues there, great crowds of people attended on him, and they followed him wherever he went; and so large were their numbers, and so very eager were they to see him, and hear him, that they were even troublesome to him, and bore hard upon him, and were ready to press him down, though they had no ill design upon him, but only

to hear the word of God; the scriptures of the Old Testament explained, and the doctrines of the Gospel preached; and which were preached by him, as never were before or since, and in such a manner as were not by the Scribes and Pharisees; and both the matter and manner of his ministry drew a vast concourse of people after him:

he stood by the lake of Gennesaret; the same with the sea of Chinnereth, Numbers 34:11 where the Targums of Onkelos, Jonathan, and the Jerusalem, call it, , "the sea of Geausar" or "Gennesaret": and so it is elsewhere called (a), and is the same which is called the sea of Galilee, and of Tiberias, John 6:1 and is, by other writers (b), as here, called the lake of Gennesaret, and said to be sixteen miles long, and six broad. Josephus says (c), it is forty furlongs broad, and an hundred long. The Jews say (d), that

"the holy, blessed God created seven seas, but chose none of them all, but the sea of Gennesaret.''

And indeed, it was a place chosen by Christ, and honoured, and made famous by him, by his preaching at it, his miracles upon it, and showing himself there after his resurrection.

(a) Targum in Ezekiel 39.11. Zohar in Gen. fol. 3. 2. & 17. 2. & in Exod. fol. 52. 4. & 61. 4. (b) Plin. l. 5. c. 15. Solin, c. 48. Ptolom. l. 5. c. 15. (c) De Bello Jud. l. 3. c. 18. (d) Pirke Eliezer, c. 18. CHAPTER 5

Lu 5:1-11. Miraculous Draught of Fishes—Call of Peter, James, and John.

Not their first call, however, recorded in Joh 1:35-42; nor their second, recorded in Mt 4:18-22; but their third and last before their appointment to the apostleship. That these calls were all distinct and progressive, seems quite plain. (Similar stages are observable in other eminent servants of Christ.)5:1-11 When Christ had done preaching, he told Peter to apply to the business of his calling. Time spent on week days in public exercises of religion, need be but little hinderance in time, and may be great furtherance to us in temper of mind, as to our worldly business. With what cheerfulness may we go about the duties of our calling, when we have been with God, and thus have our worldly employments sanctified to us by the word and prayer! Though they had taken nothing, yet Christ told them to let down their nets again. We must not abruptly quit our callings because we have not the success in them we desire. We are likely to speed well, when we follow the guidance of Christ's word. The draught of fishes was by a miracle. We must all, like Peter, own ourselves to be sinful men, therefore Jesus Christ might justly depart from us. But we must beseech him that he would not depart; for woe unto us if the Saviour depart from sinners! Rather let us entreat him to come and dwell in our hearts by faith, that he may transform and cleanse them. These fishermen forsook all, and followed Jesus, when their calling prospered. When riches increase, and we are tempted to set our hearts upon them, then to quit them for Christ is thankworthy.
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