Robertson's Word Pictures of the New TestamentMatthew 4:21
- Mending their nets (katartizontav ta diktua autwn).
- These two brothers, James and John, were getting their nets ready for use. The verb (katartizw) means to adjust, to articulate, to mend if needed (Luke 6:40; Romans 9:22; Galatians 6:1). So they promptly left their boat and father and followed Jesus. They had also already become disciples of Jesus. Now there are four who follow him steadily.