Now it happened that while the crowd was pressing around the Rabbi and listening to him teach the Tanakh, he was standing by the lake of Ginneisar; and he saw two boats lying at the edge of the lake; but the fishermen had gotten out of them and were washing their nets. And he got into one of the boats, which belonged to Shimon, and asked him to put out a little way from the land.

The Rabbi sat down and began teaching the people from the boat.  When he had finished speaking, he said to Shimon, "Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch." Shimon answered and said, "Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as you say and let down the nets."

When they had done this, they enclosed a great quantity of fish, and their nets began to break; so they signaled to their partners in the other boat for them to come and help them. And they came and filled both of the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Shimon saw that, he fell down at the Rabbi's feet, saying, "Go away from me, Master, for I am a sinful man!"  For amazement had seized him and all his companions because of the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were Yaakov and Yochanan, sons of Zavdai, who were partners with Shimon.

And the Rabbi said to Shimon, "Do not fear, from now on you will surely catch men." When they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.


-- This is the life of The Rabbi. --