The Holy Bible – Knox Translation
The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ According to John
Jesus appeared to his disciples again afterwards, at the sea of Tiberias, and this is how he appeared to them.
Simon Peter was there, and with him were Thomas, who is also called Didymus, and Nathanael, from Cana of Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two more of his disciples.
Simon Peter told them, I am going out fishing; and they said, We, too, will go with thee. So they went out and embarked on the boat, and all that night they caught nothing.
But when morning came, there was Jesus standing on the shore; only the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.
Have you caught anything, friends, Jesus asked them, to season your bread with? And when they answered No,
he said to them, Cast to the right of the boat, and you will have a catch. So they cast the net, and found before long they had no strength to haul it in, such a shoal of fish was in it.
Whereupon the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, It is the Lord. And Simon Peter, hearing him say that it was the Lord, girded up the fisherman’s coat, which was all he wore, and sprang into the sea.
The other disciples followed in the boat (they were not far from land, only some hundred yards away), dragging their catch in the net behind them.
So they went ashore, and found a charcoal fire made there, with fish and bread cooking on it.
Bring some of the fish you have just caught, Jesus said to them:
and Simon Peter, going on board, hauled in the net to land. It was loaded with great fish, a hundred and fifty-three of them; and with all that number the net had not broken.
When Jesus said to them, Come and break your fast, none of the disciples ventured to ask him, Who art thou? knowing well that it was the Lord.✻
So Jesus came up and took bread, which he gave to them, and fish as well.
Thus Jesus appeared to his disciples a third time after his rising from the dead.
And when they had eaten, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of John, dost thou care for me more than these others? Yes, Lord, he told him, thou knowest well that I love thee. And he said to him, Feed my lambs.
And again, a second time, he asked him, Simon, son of John, dost thou care for me? Yes, Lord, he told him, thou knowest well that I love thee. He said to him, Tend my shearlings.✻
Then he asked him a third question, Simon, son of John, dost thou love me? Peter was deeply moved when he was asked a third time, Dost thou love me? and said to him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou canst tell that I love thee. Jesus said to him, Feed my sheep.
Believe me when I tell thee this; as a young man, thou wouldst gird thyself and walk where thou hadst the will to go, but when thou hast grown old, thou wilt stretch out thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee where thou goest, not of thy own will.
So much he told him, prophesying the death by which he was to glorify God; and with that he said to him, Follow me.
Peter turned, and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following him; the same who leaned back on his breast at supper, and asked, Who is it that is to betray thee?
Seeing him, Peter asked Jesus, And what of this man, Lord?
Jesus said to him, If it is my will that he should wait till I come, what is it to thee? Do thou follow me.
That was why the story went round among the brethren that this disciple was not to die. But Jesus did not say, He is not to die; he said, If it is my will that he should wait till I come, what is it to thee?
It is the same disciple that bears witness of all this and has written the story of it; and we know well that his witness is truthful.
There is much else besides that Jesus did; if all of it were put in writing, I do not think the world itself would contain the books which would have to be written.
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