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John 21:3-19 American Standard Version (ASV)

Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also come with thee. They went forth, and entered into the boat; and that night they took nothing. But when day was now breaking, Jesus stood on the beach: yet the disciples knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus therefore saith unto them, Children, have ye aught to eat? They answered him, No. And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes. That disciple therefore whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. So when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his coat about him (for he [a]was naked), and cast himself into the sea. But the other disciples came in the little boat (for they were not far from the land, but about two hundred cubits off), dragging the net full of fishes. So when they got out upon the land, they see [b]a fire of coals there, and [c]fish laid thereon, and [d]bread. 10 Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now taken. 11 Simon Peter therefore went [e]up, and drew the net to land, full of great fishes, a hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, the net was not rent. 12 Jesus saith unto them, Come and break your fast. And none of the disciples durst inquire of him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord. 13 Jesus cometh, and taketh the [f]bread, and giveth them, and the fish likewise. 14 This is now the third time that Jesus was manifested to the disciples, after that he was risen from the dead.

15 So when they had broken their fast, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of [g]John, [h]lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I [i]love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. 16 He saith to him again a second time, Simon, son of [j]John, [k]lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I [l]love thee. He saith unto him, Tend my sheep. 17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of [m]John, [n]lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, [o]Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou [p]knowest that I [q]love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. 18 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. 19 Now this he spake, signifying by what manner of death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.

Footnotes:

  1. John 21:7 Or, had on his undergarment only. Compare 13:4; Isa. 20:2; Mic. 1:8, 11.
  2. John 21:9 Greek a fire of charcoal.
  3. John 21:9 Or, a fish
  4. John 21:9 Or, a loaf
  5. John 21:11 Or, aboard
  6. John 21:13 Or, loaf
  7. John 21:15 Greek Joanes. See 1:42 margin.
  8. John 21:15 Love in these places represents two different Greek words
  9. John 21:15 Love in these places represents two different Greek words
  10. John 21:16 Greek Joanes. See 1:42 margin.
  11. John 21:16 Love in these places represents two different Greek words
  12. John 21:16 Love in these places represents two different Greek words
  13. John 21:17 Greek Joanes. See 1:42 margin.
  14. John 21:17 Love in these places represents two different Greek words
  15. John 21:17 Love in these places represents two different Greek words
  16. John 21:17 Or, perceivest
  17. John 21:17 Love in these places represents two different Greek words

John 21:3-19 New International Version (NIV)

“I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.

He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”

“No,” they answered.

He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.

Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards.[a] When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.

10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14 This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.

Jesus Reinstates Peter

15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”

“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”

17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. 18 Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” 19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”

Footnotes:

  1. John 21:8 Or about 90 meters
New International Version (NIV)

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