New American Standard Bible
Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.
King James Bible
And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.
Darby Bible Translation
And they, having left their trawl-nets, immediately followed him.
World English Bible
They immediately left their nets and followed him.
Young's Literal Translation
and they, immediately, having left the nets, did follow him.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Straightway - Immediately - as all should do when the Lord Jesus calls them.
Left their nets - Their nets were the means of their living, perhaps all their property. By leaving them immediately, and following him, they gave every evidence of sincerity. They showed, what we should, that they were willing to forsake all for the sake of Jesus, and to follow him wherever he should lead them. They went forth to persecution and death for his sake; but also to the honor of saving souls from death, and establishing a church that shall continue to the end of time. Little did they know what awaited them when they left their unmended nets to rot on the beach, and followed the unknown and unhonored Jesus of Nazareth. So we know not what awaits us when we become his followers; but we should cheerfully go when our Saviour calls, willing to commit all into his hands - come honor or dishonor, sickness or health, riches or poverty, life or death. Be it ours to do our duty at once, and to commit the result to the great Redeemer who has called us. Compare Matthew 6:33; Matthew 8:21-22; John 21:21-22.
Follow him - This is an expression denoting that they became his disciples, 2 Kings 6:19.
LibraryThe Springing of the Great Light
'Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, He departed into Galilee; 13. And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: 14. That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, 15. The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; 16. The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
July the Thirteenth Plain Glass
Jesus Sets Out from Judæa for Galilee.
General Account of Jesus' Teaching.
And He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men."
Going on from there He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and He called them.
Peter began to say to Him, "Behold, we have left everything and followed You."
When they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him.
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