John 21

Moffatt(i) 1 After that, Jesus disclosed himself once more to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias. It was in this way. 2 Simon Peter, Thomas (who was called 'the Twin'), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the two sons of Zebedaeus, and two other disciples of his, were all together. 3 Simon Peter said to them, "I am going to fish." They said, "We are coming with you too." Off they went and embarked in the boat, but that night they caught nothing. 4 Now at break of day Jesus was standing on the beach (though the disciples did not know it was Jesus). 5 "Lads," said Jesus, "have you got anything?" "No," they answered. 6 So he told them, "Throw your net on the right of the boat, and you will have a take." At this they threw the net, and now they could not haul it in for the mass of fish. 7 So the disciple who was Jesus' favourite said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" Hearing it was the Lord, Simon Peter threw on his blouse (he was stripped for work) and jumped into the water, 8 while the rest of the disciples came ashore in the punt (they were not far from land, only about a hundred yards), dragging their netful of fish. 9 When they got to land, they saw a charcoal fire burning, with fish cooking on it, and some bread. 10 Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish you have just caught." 11 So Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty three of them; but for all their number the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said, "Come and breakfast." (Not one of the disciples dared to ask him who he was; they knew it was the Lord.) 13 Jesus went and took the bread and gave it to them, and the fish too. 14 This was the third time, now, that Jesus appeared to the disciples after rising from the dead. 15 Then after breakfast Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than the others do?" "Why, Lord," he said, "you know I love you." "Then feed my lambs," said Jesus. 16 Again he asked him, for the second time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" "Why, Lord," he said, "you know I love you." "Then be a shepherd to my sheep," said Jesus. 17 For the third time he asked him, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Now Peter was vexed at being asked a third time, "Do you love me?" So he replied; "Lord, you know everything, you can see I love you." Jesus said, "Then feed my sheep. 18 Truly, truly I tell you, you put on your own girdle and went wherever you wanted, when you were young; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands for someone to gird you, and you will be taken where you have no wish to go" 19 (he said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God); then he added, "Follow me." 20 Peter turned round and saw that the favourite disciple of Jesus was following, the disciple who had leant on his breast at supper and put the question, "Lord, who is to betray you?" 21 So, on catching sight of him, Peter said to Jesus, "And what about him, Lord?" 22 Jesus replied, "If I choose that he should survive till I come back, what does that matter to you? Follow me yourself." 23 This started the report among the brotherhood that the said disciple was not to die. Jesus, however, did not say he was not to die; what he said was, "If I choose that he should survive till I come back, what does that matter to you?" 24 This was the disciple who bears testimony to these facts and who wrote them down; his testimony, we know, is true. 25 Now there is much else that Jesus did — so much, that if it were written down in detail. I do not suppose the world itself could hold the written records.