John 21:1-12 NIV

Jesus and the Miraculous Catch of Fish

1 Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples,1 by the Sea of Tiberias.a2 It happened this way:

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    • a 21:1 - That is, Sea of Galilee
      2 Simon Peter, Thomas3 (called Didymus), Nathanael4 from Cana in Galilee,5 the sons of Zebedee,6 and two other disciples were together.

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      3 "I'm going out to fish," Simon Peter told them, and they said, "We'll go with you." So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.7

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      4 Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.8

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      5 He called out to them, "Friends, haven't you any fish?" "No," they answered.
      6 He said, "Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some." When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.9

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      7 Then the disciple whom Jesus loved10 said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, "It is the Lord," he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water.

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      8 The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards.b

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        • b 21:8 - Greek "about two hundred cubits" (about 90 meters)
          9 When they landed, they saw a fire11 of burning coals there with fish on it,12 and some bread.

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              10 Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish you have just caught."
              11 Simon Peter climbed aboard and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn.
              12 Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." None of the disciples dared ask him, "Who are you?" They knew it was the Lord.