Luke 5:5
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New International Version
Simon answered, "Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets."

New Living Translation
"Master," Simon replied, "we worked hard all last night and didn't catch a thing. But if you say so, I'll let the nets down again."

English Standard Version
And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.”

New American Standard Bible
Simon answered and said, "Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets."

King James Bible
And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Master," Simon replied, "we've worked hard all night long and caught nothing! But at Your word, I'll let down the nets."

International Standard Version
Simon answered, "Master, we have worked hard all night and caught nothing. But if you say so, I'll lower the nets."

NET Bible
Simon answered, "Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing! But at your word I will lower the nets."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Shimeon answered and he said to him, “Rabbi, we worked all night, and we have not caught anything, but at your word, I will cast the net.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Simon answered, "Teacher, we worked hard all night and caught nothing. But if you say so, I'll lower the nets."

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night and have taken nothing; nevertheless, at thy word I will let down the net.

King James 2000 Bible
And Simon answering said unto him, Teacher, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at your word I will let down the net.

American King James Version
And Simon answering said to him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at your word I will let down the net.

American Standard Version
And Simon answered and said, Master, we toiled all night, and took nothing: but at thy word I will let down the nets.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Simon answering said to him: Master, we have labored all the night, and have taken nothing: but at thy word I will let down the net.

Darby Bible Translation
And Simon answering said to him, Master, having laboured through the whole night we have taken nothing, but at thy word I will let down the net.

English Revised Version
And Simon answered and said, Master, we toiled all night, and took nothing: but at thy word I will let down the nets.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Simon answering said to him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing; nevertheless, at thy word I will let down the net.

Weymouth New Testament
"Rabbi," replied Peter, "all night long we have worked hard and caught nothing; but at your command I will let down the nets."

World English Bible
Simon answered him, "Master, we worked all night, and took nothing; but at your word I will let down the net."

Young's Literal Translation
and Simon answering said to him, 'Master, through the whole night, having laboured, we have taken nothing, but at thy saying I will let down the net.'
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - Master. The word in the original so rendered is not Rabbi, as in the other Gospels, but ἐπίστατα, Teacher. The Jewish term would not have been understood by the Gentile reader for whom the story was especially intended.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And Simon answering said unto him, master,.... Or Rabbi, as the Syriac version renders it: he knew him to be the Messiah, the king of Israel, and a teacher sent from God:

we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing; which carries in it an objection to what Christ advised and directed to: they had been fishing that "night", which was the best time for catching fish; and they had been at it all the night, and had "laboured" hard; and were even "fatigued", and quite wearied out; and what was most discouraging of all, their labour was in vain; they had caught "nothing":

nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net; which showed faith in Christ, and obedience to him: thus the faithful preachers of the Gospel, sometimes labour and toil in the ministry of the word a great while, with little or no success; and are discouraged from going on, and would be tempted to leave off, were it not for the commission and word of command they have received from Christ, which they dare not be disobedient to; and for the word of promise he has given them, to be with them, on which they depend.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. Master—betokening not surely a first acquaintance, but a relationship already formed.

all night—the usual time of fishing then (Joh 21:3), and even now Peter, as a fisherman, knew how hopeless it was to "let down his net" again, save as a mere act of faith, "at His word" of command, which carried in it, as it ever does, assurance of success. (This shows he must have been already and for some time a follower of Christ.)

Luke 5:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus Calls His First Disciples
4When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, "Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch." 5Simon answered and said, "Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets." 6When they had done this, they enclosed a great quantity of fish, and their nets began to break;…
Cross References
Ezekiel 47:10
Fishermen will stand along the shore; from En Gedi to En Eglaim there will be places for spreading nets. The fish will be of many kinds--like the fish of the Mediterranean Sea.

Luke 8:24
The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Master, Master, we're going to drown!" He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm.

Luke 8:45
"Who touched me?" Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, "Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you."

Luke 9:33
As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, "Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters--one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah." (He did not know what he was saying.)

Luke 9:49
"Master," said John, "we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because he is not one of us."

Luke 17:13
and called out in a loud voice, "Jesus, Master, have pity on us!"

John 21:3
"I'm going out to fish," Simon Peter told them, and they said, "We'll go with you." So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
Treasury of Scripture

And Simon answering said to him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at your word I will let down the net.

we.

Psalm 127:1,2 Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it: …

Ezekiel 37:11,12 Then he said to me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of …

John 21:3 Simon Peter said to them, I go a fishing. They say to him, We also …

nevertheless.

Luke 6:46-48 And why call you me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say…

2 Kings 5:10-14 And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan …

Ezekiel 37:4-7 Again he said to me, Prophesy on these bones, and say to them, O …

John 2:5 His mother said to the servants, Whatever he said to you, do it.

John 15:14 You are my friends, if you do whatever I command you.

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