One day as he stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, and the people crowded upon him to listen to the word of God, he noticed two boats lying at the water’s edge; the fishermen had come ashore and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, which belonged to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he went on teaching the crowds from his seat in the boat.
When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and let down your nets.”
Simon answered, “Master, we were hard at work all night and caught nothing at all, but if you say so, I will let down the nets.” They did so, and made a big haul of fish, and their nets began to split. So they signalled to their partners in the other boat to come help them. They loaded both boats to the point of sinking. When Simon saw this he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go, Lord, leave me, sinner that I am!” He and all his companions were amazed at the catch they had made; so too were his partners James and John, Zebedee’s sons.
“Do not be afraid,” said Jesus to Simon. “From now on you will be catching men.” As soon as they had brought the boats to land, they left everything and followed him.