St. John | Chapter 21 | New Testament


Jesus Appears to Seven Disciples

1 After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise showed he himself.

2 There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples.

3 Simon Peter says unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.

4 ¶ But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore; but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.

5 Then Jesus says unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No.

6 And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.

7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved says unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher’s coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.

8 And the other disciples came in a little ship, (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with fishes.

9 ¶ As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread.

10 Jesus says unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught.

11 Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, a hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken.

12 Jesus says unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord.

13 Jesus then cometh, and takes bread, and gives them, and fish likewise.

14 This is now the third time that Jesus showed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead.

Feed My Sheep

15 ¶ So when they had dined, Jesus says to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jona, love you me more than these? He says unto him, Yea, Lord; you knowest that I love thee. He says unto him, Feed my lambs.

16 He says to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jona, love you me? He says unto him, Yea, Lord; you knowest that I love thee. He says unto him, Feed my sheep.

17 He says unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jona, love you me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Love you me? And he said unto him, Lord, you knowest all things; you knowest that I love thee. Jesus says unto him, Feed my sheep.

18 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When you were young, you girded thyself, and walked whither you would: but when you shalt be old, you shalt stretch forth your hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry you whither you would not.

19 This spoke he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he says unto him, Follow me.

The Beloved Disciple

20 ¶ Then Peter, turning about, sees the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrays thee?

21 Peter seeing him says to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do?

22 Jesus says unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow you me.

23 Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?

24 ¶ This is the disciple which testifies of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true.

25 ¶ And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.