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The Gospel According to John

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The Gospel According to John (1-11)

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John 21

        1After these things Jesus revealed Himself again to the disciples on the sea of Tiberias. Now He revealed Himself in this manner: 2[There] were together Simon Peter and Thomas, the one being called Didymus, and Nathanael from Cana of Galilee and the [sons] of Zebedee and two others of His disciples. 3Simon Peter says to them, “I am going away to be fishing.” They say to him, “We are also going with you.” They went out and immediately stepped into the boat, and on that night they caught nothing. 4Now morning already having come, Jesus stood at the shore, although the disciples did not know that it is Jesus.

            5So Jesus says to them, “Young children [or, [My] dear children], you* do not have any fish, do you*?” They answered to Him, “No.” 6But He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you* will find [some fish].” So they cast and were no longer able to drag it [in] as a result of the large number of fish. 7Therefore, that disciple whom Jesus was loving says to Peter, “It is the Lord!” So Simon Peter, having heard that it is the Lord, tied his outer coat around himself (for he was naked [or, poorly dressed]), and he cast himself into the sea. 8But the other disciples came by the small boat (for they were not far from the land, but about two hundred cubits away [about 100 yards or 90 meters]), dragging the net of the fish.

            9So when they disembarked onto the land, they notice a charcoal fire lying [there], and fish lying on [it], and bread. 10Jesus says to them, “Bring [some] from the fish which you* now caught.” 11Simon Peter went up and dragged the net onto the land, full of large fish, one hundred fifty-three. And although there were so many, the net was not torn. 12Jesus says to them, “Come, eat breakfast.” But none of the disciples were daring to inquire of Him, “Who are You?” knowing that it is the Lord. 13Then Jesus comes and takes the bread and gives [it] to them, and the fish likewise. 14This [is] now a third time Jesus was revealed to His disciples, having been raised from [the] dead.

            15So when they ate breakfast, Jesus says to Simon Peter, “Simon, [son] of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He says to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I affectionately love You.” He says to him, “Feed My lambs.”

        16He says to him again a second time, “Simon, [son] of Jonah, do you love Me?” He says to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I affectionately love You.” He says to him, “Tend My sheep.”

        17He says to him the third time, “Simon, [son] of Jonah, do you affectionately love Me?” Peter was grieved that He said to him the third time, “Do you affectionately love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all [things]. You know that I affectionately love You.” Jesus says to him, “Feed My sheep.

            18“Most positively, I say to you, when you were younger, you were fastening a belt on yourself and were walking about where you would desire. But when you become old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will fasten a belt on you and will lead [you] where you do not desire.” 19But this He said signifying by what sort of death he will glorify God. [i.e., by tradition, Peter was crucified in Rome, ca. 62 AD] And having said this, He says to him, “Be following Me!”

            20And Peter, having been turned around, sees the disciple whom Jesus was loving following, who also reclined in the dinner on His breast and said, “Lord, who is the one betraying You?” [John 13:25] 21Peter having seen this one, says to Jesus, “Lord, but what [about] this one?” 22Jesus says to him, “If I want him to be remaining until I come, what [is that] to you? You be following Me!” 23Therefore, this word went out among the brothers [and sisters], “That disciple does not die.” Yet Jesus did not say to him, “He does not die,” but “If I want him to be remaining until I come, what [is that] to you?” [i.e., by tradition, John died of old age in Ephesus, ca. 95 AD]

            24This is that disciple, the one testifying concerning these things and having written these things, and we know that his testimony is true. 25But there are also many other things--as many as Jesus did--which, if they should be written one by one, not even the world itself I suppose would have room for the scrolls being written. So be it!


Scripture taken from the Analytical-Literal Translation of the New Testament of the Holy Bible: Third Edition.
Copyright 2007 by Gary F. Zeolla of Darkness to Light ministry (www.zeolla.org/christian).
Previously copyrighted 1999, 2001, 2005 by Gary F. Zeolla.


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