In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord
sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his
robe filled the temple.
Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six
wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two
they covered their feet, and with two they flew.
And one called to another and said: "Holy, holy,
holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of
The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of
those who called, and the house filled with smoke.
And I said: "Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man
of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean
lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of
Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal
that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs.
The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: "Now
that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed
and your sin is blotted out."
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom
shall I send, and who will go for us?" And I said,
"Here am I; send me!"
I give you thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart; before
the gods I sing your praise;
I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to
your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness;
for you have exalted your name and your word above
On the day I called, you answered me, you increased my
strength of soul.
All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O LORD, for
they have heard the words of your mouth.
They shall sing of the ways of the LORD, for great is
the glory of the LORD.
For though the LORD is high, he regards the lowly; but
the haughty he perceives from far away.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve me
against the wrath of my enemies; you stretch out your
hand, and your right hand delivers me.
The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast
love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work
of your hands.
Now I would remind you, brothers and sisters, of the
good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn
received, in which also you stand,
through which also you are being saved, if you hold
firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you--unless
you have come to believe in vain.
For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in
turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in
accordance with the scriptures,
and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the
third day in accordance with the scriptures,
and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.
Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and
sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive,
though some have died.
Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.
Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also
For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called
an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace
toward me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I
worked harder than any of them--though it was not I, but
the grace of God that is with me.
Whether then it was I or they, so we proclaim and so you
have come to believe.
Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of
Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear
the word of God,
he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the
fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their
He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to
Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the
shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the
When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon,
"Put out into the deep water and let down your nets
for a catch."
Simon answered, "Master, we have worked all night
long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will
let down the nets."
When they had done this, they caught so many fish that
their nets were beginning to break.
So they signaled their partners in the other boat to
come and help them. And they came and filled both boats,
so that they began to sink.
But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus'
knees, saying, "Go away from me, Lord, for I am a
For he and all who were with him were amazed at the
catch of fish that they had taken;
and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who
are partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon,
"Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching
When they had brought their boats to shore, they left
everything and followed him.