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John 21:1-24

After this Jesus manifested himself again
to the disciples on the Sea of Tiberias;
and he appeared in this way.

Simon Peter and Thomas called the Twin
and Nathanael from Cana of Galilee and the sons of Zebedee
and two other disciples of his were together.
Simon Peter says to them, "I am going fishing."

They say to him, "We are also going with you."

They went out and embarked in the boat,
and on that night they caught nothing.

But when it was already early morning,
Jesus stood on the shore;
though the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.

Therefore Jesus says to them,
"Children, do you have any fish?"

They answered him, "No."

And he said to them,
"Cast the net on the right side of the boat,
and you will find some."

So they cast it,
and they were no longer able to haul it
from the quantity of fish.

Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved
says to Peter, "It is the Lord."

So Simon Peter, hearing that it was the Lord,
tied a coat around him, for he was naked,
and threw himself into the sea;
but the other disciples came in the boat,
dragging the net full of fish,
for they were not far from land
but about two hundred cubits away.

So when they got out on the land,
they see a charcoal fire laid
and a cooked fish lying on it and bread.

Jesus says to them,
"Bring some of the fish that you have just caught."

Simon Peter went up and dragged the net on to the land
full of big fish, a hundred fifty-three;
and though there were so many the net was not torn.

Jesus says to them, "Come have breakfast."

None of the disciples dared to inquire of him,
"Who are you?"
knowing that he was the Lord.

Jesus comes and takes the bread
and gives it to them and the fish likewise.

This was now the third time
Jesus was manifested to the disciples raised from the dead.

So when they had had breakfast, to Simon Peter Jesus says,
"Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?"

He says to him, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you."

He says to him, "Feed my lambs."
He says to him again a second time,
"Simon son of John, do you love me?"

He says to him, "Yes, Lord, you know that I loved you."

He says to him, "Be shepherd of my sheep."
He says to him for the third time,
"Simon son of John, do you love me?"

Peter was sad that he said to him
for the third time, "Do you love me?"
And he said to him, "Lord, you know everything;
you know that I love you."

Jesus says to him, "Feed my sheep.
Amen, amen, I tell you, when you were younger,
you dressed yourself and walked where you wished;
but when you grow old, you will reach out your hands,
and another will dress you
and carry you where you do not wish."
And this he said signifying
by what death he would glorify God.

And saying this he says to him, "Follow me."

Peter turning sees the disciple whom Jesus loved following,
who also at the dinner had leaned on his chest
and had said, "Lord, who is the one giving you over?"

So Peter seeing this one
says to Jesus, "Lord, what about him?"

Jesus says to him, "If I wish him to stay until I come,
what is that to you? You follow me."

So this word went out to the brothers
that that disciple would not die;
but Jesus did not say to him that he would not die,
but: "If I wish him to stay until I come,
what is that to you?"

This is the disciple who testified about these things
and wrote them, and we know that his testimony is true.
John 21:1-24

Jesus Comes to the Disciples Fishing Synthesis 99 * Interpretation 99
100. Jesus Sends Out His Disciples Harmony 100 * Synthesis 100 * Interpretation 100