Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible, by John Wesley, [1754-65], at sacred-texts.com
luk 5:1Mat 4:18; Mar 1:16.
luk 5:6Their net brake - Began to tear.
luk 5:8Depart from me, for I am a sinful man - And therefore not worthy to be in thy presence.
luk 5:11They forsook all and followed him - They had followed him before, Joh 1:43, but not so as to forsake all. Till now, they wrought at their ordinary calling.
luk 5:12Mat 8:2; Mar 1:40.
luk 5:14Lev 14:2.
luk 5:16He withdrew - The expression in the original implies, that he did so frequently.
luk 5:17Sitting by - As being more honourable than the bulk of the congregation, who stood. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them - To heal the sickness of their souls, as well as all bodily diseases.
luk 5:18Mat 9:2; Mar 2:3.
luk 5:19Not being able to bring him in through the multitude, they went round about by a back passage, and going up the stairs on the outside, they came upon the flat - roofed house, and let him down through the trap door, such as was on the top of most of the Jewish houses: doubtless, with such circumspection as the circumstances plainly required.
luk 5:26We have seen strange things to. day - Sins forgiven, miracles wrought.
luk 5:27Mat 9:9; Mar 2:14.
luk 5:28Leaving all - His business and gain.
luk 5:29And Levi made him a great entertainment - It was necessarily great, because of the great number of guests.
luk 5:33Make prayers - Long and solemn. Mat 9:14; Mar 2:18.
luk 5:34Can ye make - That is, is it proper to make men fast and mourn, during a festival solemnity?
luk 5:36He spake also a parable - Taken from clothes and wine; therefore peculiarly proper at a feast.
luk 5:39And no man having drunk old wine - And beside, men are not wont to be immediately freed from old prejudices.