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John 21:1-25

21  After this Jesus made himself visible to the disciples again at the sea of Tiberias. And he did it thus: 2  There were together Simon Peter and Thomas known as the Twin and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee and the sons of Zebedee and two more of his disciples; 3  Simon Peter said to them “I am going fishing”; they said to him “We are coming too.” They went out and got into the boat, and in that night they caught nothing. 4  But when the morning was already breaking Jesus made his appearance standing on the beach; the disciples did not know, however, that it was Jesus. 5  So Jesus said to them “Boys, have you caught any?” They answered “No.” 6  But he said to them “Throw the net to the right of the boat and you will.” So they threw, and were not able to haul it in again because of the quantity of fish. 7  So the aforesaid disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter “It is the Lord.” So Simon Peter, hearing that it was the Lord, tied his cape on as a loincloth, for he was naked, and threw himself into the sea. 8  But the other disciples came in the boat (for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards), dragging the netful of fish. 9  So when they stepped ashore they saw a bed of coals and a fish lying on it, and a cake of bread. 10  Jesus said to them “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” 11*  So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore full of large fishes, a hundred and fifty-three of them; and, many as there were, the net did not tear. 12  Jesus said to them “Come and have breakfast.” The disciples did not any of them dare to challenge him with “Who are you?” knowing that it was the Lord. 13  Jesus came and took the bread and passed it to them, and the fish too. 14  This made the third time Jesus had made himself visible to the disciples since he rose from the dead. 15  So when they had had their breakfast Jesus said to Simon Peter “Simon son of John, do you care more for me than for this?” He said to him “Yes, sir, you know that I love you.” He said to him “Tend my lambs!” 16  He said to him again a second time “Simon son of John, do you care for me?” He said to him “Yes, sir, you know that I love you.” He said to him “Shepherd my sheep!” 17  He said to him the third time “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was pained that the third time he had said to him “Do you love me?” and said to him “Sir, you know everything, you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him “Tend my sheep! 18  Verily, verily I tell you, when you were a young man you put on your belt and walked where you wanted to; but when you come to be old you will stretch out your hands and somebody else will put a belt round you and carry you where you do not want him to.” 19  This he said indicating by what sort of death he would glorify God. And with that he said to him “Follow me.” 20  Peter turned round and saw the disciple that Jesus loved following, the same who at the dinner leaned back on his breast and said “Sir, who is the one to have you arrested?” 21  So, seeing him, Peter said to Jesus “And how about him, sir?” 22  Jesus said to him “If I want him to stay till I come, what is it to you? follow me yourself.” 23*  So this saying went out among the brothers, that that disciple was not to die. But Jesus did not say to him that he was not to die, but “If I want him to stay till I come.” 24  This is the disciple who testifies about these things and who wrote these things down; and we know that his testimony is true. 25  And there are many more things that Jesus did; if those are each one written down I do not think there will be room in the world itself for the books that are going to be written.

Footnotes

21:11 Or did not come open
21:23 Var. stay till I come, what is it to you?