14 “I am the good shepherd. I know my own, and my own know me,

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Jesus’s Threefold Restoration of Peter

15 When they had eaten breakfast, Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John,[a] do you love me more than these?”

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

“Feed my lambs,” he told him. 16 A second time he asked him, “Simon, son of John, do you love(A) me?”(B)

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

“Shepherd(C) my sheep,”(D) he told him.

17 He asked him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love(E) me?”

Peter was grieved(F) that he asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know everything;(G) you know that I love you.”

“Feed(H) my sheep,” Jesus said.

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Footnotes

  1. 21:15–17 Other mss read “Simon, son of Jonah; Mt 16:17; Jn 1:42

Benediction and Farewell

20 Now may the God of peace, who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus—the great Shepherd of the sheep(A)—through the blood of the everlasting covenant,(B)

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25 For you were like sheep going astray,[a](A) but you have now returned to the Shepherd(B) and Overseer[b] of your souls.

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Footnotes

  1. 2:25 Is 53:6
  2. 2:25 Or Guardian

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