And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon,
Fear not; from now on you shall catch men.
Read Chapter 5
Cornelius a Lapide
Fear not (be not lost in astonishment, from henceforth you are to be fishermen in a higher sense of the word), from henceforth thou shalt catch men. Î¶Ï‰Î³Î¶Ï‰ÌƒÎ½ from Î¶Ï‰Î³Î¶ÎÏ‰, which means—
First, to hunt or catch some living thing, hence the Arabic translates it, from henceforth thou shalt be a fisherman, for thou shalt fish for and take men. Thou, Peter, shalt catch men, not by wounding and disabling them, as wild animals are taken; but as fish which are unhurt by the net, so thou shalt catch men not by violence or force, but through the power and operation of the spirit.
Secondly (if we derive the word from Î¶Ï‰ÌƒÎ½ and ÎµÌ‰Î³Î¶Î¿Î¼Î±Î¹ or ÎµÌ‰Î³ÎµÎ¯Î¶Ï‰, to quicken, or recall to life. Hence S. Ambrose (Hexam, lib. v. cap. vi.) "Thou shalt be a life-giver to men;" and the Syriac, "Thou shalt be a fisher of men, to recall them to life." Fishermen, indeed, catch fish to provide themselves with food, but thou, 0 Peter, art to become a fisher of men, not to destroy them, but to g...
Jesus Christ answers the thought of St. Peter, that instead of any loss or evil coming to him, he should, on the contrary, receive a great reward, by being appointed a fisher of men; and, as he had taken so many fishes by the divine assistance, so he should take in his net innumerable souls, not so much by his own industry, as by the divine grace and assistance. (Maldonatus) ...