John 21
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Jesus Appears by the Sea of Tiberias

1At length Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples upon the sea-coast of Tiberias; and the manner of his appearance was thus. 2Simon Peter, Thomas, otherwise Didymus, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples of Jesus were all together. 3when Simon Peter said to them, I am going a fishing, they reply'd, we likewise will go with you, so they departed and went on board a vessel,; but that night they caught nothing.

4as soon as it was morning, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5then said Jesus, my lads, have ye any fish? 6they answered him, no, and he said to them, cast the net on the right side of the vessel, and ye shall find, so they cast it, and it was so full of fish they were not able to draw it. 7thereupon the favourite disciple of Jesus said to Peter, "it is the Lord." as soon as Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt on his coat, (for he was stript) and threw himself into the sea. 8as for the other disciples, they came in the bark dragging the net full of fish, for they were but about two hundred cubits distant from land.

9assoon as they were come to land, they saw fish frying upon a fire of coals there, and bread. 10Jesus said to them, bring some of the fish you have now caught. 11Simon Peter therefore went aboard, and drew the net to land loaded with an hundred and fifty three great fish: and notwithstanding the number, the net did not break.

12come, said Jesus, let us dine, but none of the disciples offer'd to ask him, who he was; for they saw well enough that it was the Lord. 13Jesus then advanc'd, and taking bread, he gave them some, and fish likewise. 14this was the third time that Jesus appear'd to his disciples, after he was risen from the dead.

Jesus and Peter

15So when they had dined, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon son of Jonas, do you love me more than these do? yes, Lord, said he, you know that I love you. Jesus reply'd, feed my lambs. 16then he ask'd him the second time, Simon son of Jonas do you love me? yes, Lord, said he; you know that I love you. Jesus reply'd, feed my sheep. 17Jesus said to him the third time, Simon son of Jonas, do you love me? Peter was grieved at his asking him the third time, "do you love me?" and he said to him, Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you. Jesus said to him, feed my sheep.

18I tell you for certain, tho' when you was a youth you girded your self, and rambled where you had a mind: yet when you are old, your hands shall be stretch'd out, and another shall gird thee, and lead thee where you will be unwilling to go. 19this he said to signify to Peter by what death he should glorify God, and when he had spoken this, he said to him, follow me.

Jesus and the Beloved Disciple

20Then Peter turning about, saw the favourite disciple of Jesus was behind; the same who leaned next to Jesus at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that is to betray you? 21upon seeing him, Peter said to Jesus, Lord, and what shall become of him? 22Jesus said, if I will have him stay till I come, what have you to do with that? do you follow me. 23which occasion'd a flying rumour among the brethren, that John should not die: tho' Jesus had not said, he shall not die: but, if I will have him stay till I come, what have you to do with that?

24This is the disciple who testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true.

25the other transactions of Jesus are so numerous, that if these were to be particularly descried, I imagine the world would be overwhelm'd with the books that should be written.

Daniel Mace New Testament (1729)

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