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John 21


 1 After these things, (1) Jesus shewed himself again to his disciples at the (*) sea of Tiberias; and thus shewed he himself;


(1) In that which Christ here is not only present, but also eateth with his disciples, he giveth a most full assurance of his resurrection.

(*) Or, lake of Gennesaret.


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


 3 Simon Peter said unto them, I go a fishing. They said unto him, We also will go with thee. They went their way and entered into a ship straightway, and that night caught they nothing.


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


 5 Jesus then said unto them, (*) Sirs, have ye any meat? They answered him, No.


(*) Or, Children.


 6 Then he said unto them, Cast out the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. So they (*) cast out, and they were not able at all to draw it, for the multitude of fishes.


(*) Albeit they knew him not, yet they followed his counsel, because they had all night taken pains in vain.


 7 Therefore said the disciple whom Jesus loved, unto Peter, It is the Lord. When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girded his (a) coat to him (for he was naked) and cast himself into the sea.


(a) It was a linen garment which fishers used to wear, which could not let his swimming.   


 8 But the other disciples came by ship, (for they were not far from land, but about two hundred cubits) and they drew the net with fishes.


 9 As soon then as they were come to land, they saw hot coals, and fish laid thereon, and bread.


 10 Jesus said unto them, Bring of the fishes, which ye have now caught.


 11 Simon Peter stepped forth and drew the net to land, full of great fishes, a hundred, fifty and three; and albeit there were so many, yet was not the net broken.


 12 Jesus said unto them, Come, and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? Seeing they knew that he was the Lord.


 13 Jesus then came and took bread and gave them, and fish likewise.


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


 15  (2) So when they had dined, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon the son of Jona, (*) lovest thou me more than these? He said unto him, Yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He said unto him, Feed my lambs.


(2) Peter by this triple confession is restored into his former degree from whence he fell by his triple denial; and therewithal is advertised, that he is indeed a pastor, which sheweth his love to Christ in feeding his sheep.

(*) The minister cannot well teach his congregation, except he love Christ effectually, which love is not in them that feed not the flock.


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


 17 He said unto him (b) the (*) third time, Simon the son of Jona, lovest thou me? Peter was sorry because he said to him the third time, Lovest thou me? And said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus said unto him, Feed my sheep.


(b) It was meet that he that had denied him thrice, should confess him thrice, that Peter might neither doubt of the forgiveness of his so grievous a sin, nor of his restoring to the office of the Apostleship.

(*) Because Peter should be established in his office of an Apostle, Christ causeth him by these three times confessing, to wipe away the shame of his three times denying.


 18  (3) Verily, verily I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou (c) girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest; but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall (d) (*) gird thee, and lead thee whither thou wouldest (e) not.


(3) The violent death of Peter is foretold.
(c) They that took far journeys, especially in the East country, and in those places where the people used long garments, had need to be girded and trussed up.
(d) He meant that kind of girding which is used toward captives, when they are bound fast with cords and chains, as who would say, Now thou girdest thyself as thou thinkest best, to go whither thou listeth, but the time will be, when thou shall not gird thee with a girdle, but another shall bind thee with chains, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.

(*) Instead of a girdle, you shalt be tied with bands and cords and whereas now thou goest at liberty, then thou shalt be drawn to punishment when thy flesh shall after a sort resist.
(e) Not that Peter suffered ought for the truth of God against his will; for we read that he came with joy and gladness when he returned from the Council where he was whipped, but because this will cometh not from the flesh, but from the gift of the Spirit which is given us from above, therefore he sheweth there should be a certain striving and conflict or repugnancy, which also is in us, in all our sufferances as touching the flesh.


 19 And this spake he signifying by what (f) death he should glorify God. And when he had said this, he said to him, Follow me.


(f) That is, that Peter should die by a violent death.


 20  (4) Then Peter turned about, and saw the disciple whom JESUS loved, following, which had also (*) leaned on his breast at supper, and had said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee?


(4) We must take heed, that whiles we cast our eyes upon others, we neglect not that which is enjoined us.

(*) John 13:23 .


 21 When Peter therefore saw him, he said to Jesus, Lord, what shall this man do?


 22 Jesus said unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is it to thee? Follow thou me.


 23 Then went this word abroad among the brethren, that this disciple should not die. Yet Jesus said not to him, He shall not die, but if I will that he tarry till I come, what is it to thee?


 24  (5) This is that disciple, which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things, and we know that his testimony is true.


(5) The history of Christ is true and warily written; not for the curiosity of men, but for the salvation of the godly.


 25  (*) Now there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which if they should be written every one, (♣) I suppose the world could not contain the books that should be written, Amen.


(*) John 20:30 .

(♣) But God would not charge us with so great a heap; seeing therefore that we have so much as is necessary, we ought to content ourselves and praise his mercy.




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