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John 21 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Epilogue: Jesus Appears to Seven Disciples
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 21:1 - Later, Jesus appeared again to the disciples beside the Sea of Galilee.[fn] This is how it happened.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 21:2 - Several of the disciples were there—Simon Peter, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin),[fn] Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 21:3 - Simon Peter said, “I’m going fishing.”
“We’ll come, too,” they all said. So they went out in the boat, but they caught nothing all night.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 21:4 - At dawn Jesus was standing on the beach, but the disciples couldn’t see who he was.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 21:5 - He called out, “Fellows,[fn] have you caught any fish?”
“No,” they replied.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 21:6 - Then he said, “Throw out your net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you’ll get some!” So they did, and they couldn’t haul in the net because there were so many fish in it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 21:7 - Then the disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, “It’s the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his tunic (for he had stripped for work), jumped into the water, and headed to shore.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 21:8 - The others stayed with the boat and pulled the loaded net to the shore, for they were only about a hundred yards[fn] from shore.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 21:9 - When they got there, they found breakfast waiting for them—fish cooking over a charcoal fire, and some bread.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 21:10 - “Bring some of the fish you’ve just caught,” Jesus said.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 21:11 - So Simon Peter went aboard and dragged the net to the shore. There were 153 large fish, and yet the net hadn’t torn.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 21:12 - “Now come and have some breakfast!” Jesus said. None of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 21:13 - Then Jesus served them the bread and the fish.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 21:14 - This was the third time Jesus had appeared to his disciples since he had been raised from the dead.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 21:15 - After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?[fn]
“Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.” “Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 21:16 - Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
“Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.” “Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 21:17 - A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 21:18 - “I tell you the truth, when you were young, you were able to do as you liked; you dressed yourself and went wherever you wanted to go. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and others[fn] will dress you and take you where you don’t want to go.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 21:19 - Jesus said this to let him know by what kind of death he would glorify God. Then Jesus told him, “Follow me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 21:20 - Peter turned around and saw behind them the disciple Jesus loved—the one who had leaned over to Jesus during supper and asked, “Lord, who will betray you?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 21:21 - Peter asked Jesus, “What about him, Lord?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 21:22 - Jesus replied, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? As for you, follow me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 21:23 - So the rumor spread among the community of believers[fn] that this disciple wouldn’t die. But that isn’t what Jesus said at all. He only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 21:24 - This disciple is the one who testifies to these events and has recorded them here. And we know that his account of these things is accurate.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 21:25 - Jesus also did many other things. If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written.
NLT Footnotes
Greek Sea of Tiberias, another name for the Sea of Galilee.
Greek Thomas, who was called Didymus.
Greek Children.
Greek 200 cubits [90 meters].
Or more than these others do?
Some manuscripts read and another one.
Greek the brothers.

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