Images de page

and reach thy hand, and thrust it into my side; and be not faithless, but believing. Thomas an- 28 swered and said to him: My Lord and my God. Jesus says to him: Because thou hast seen me, thou 29 hast believed. Happy they that have not seen and have believed!

Many other signs also did Jesus in the presence 30 of his disciples, which are not written in this book, But these are written, that ye might believe that 31 Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believ ing ye might have life in his name.

XXI. AFTER these things Jesus manifested him- 1 self again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias ; and he manifested himself in this manner.

There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas 2 called Didymus, and Nathanael from Cana of Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. Simon Peter says to them, I go a fish- 3 ing. They say to him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into the ship; and in that night they caught nothing.

But when morning was now come, Jesus stood on 4 the beach; yet the disciples knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus therefore says to them: Children, have 5 ye anything to eat? They answered him, No. And 6 he said to them: Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast it therefore;


and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of the fishes.

Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved says to Peter, It is the Lord. Simon Peter therefore, hearing that it was the Lord, girded on his outer garment (for he was naked), and cast himself into the 8 sea. And the other disciples came in the boat, (for they were not far from land, but about two hundred cubits off,) dragging the net with the fishes.


When therefore they had gone out upon the land, they see a fire of coals there, and a fish lying 10 thereon, and bread. Jesus says to them: Bring of 11. the fishes which ye have now caught. Simon Peter

went on board, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, a hundred and fifty and three; and though there were so many, the net was not broken. Jesus says to them: Come hither and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? 13 knowing that it was the Lord. Jesus comes, and


takes the bread and gives to them, and the fish like14 wise. This is now the third time that Jesus manifested himself to his disciples, after he was risen from the dead.


When therefore they had dined, Jesus says to Simon Peter Simon, son of Jonah, lovest thou me more than these? He says to him: Yea, Lord;

V. 12. or, and break your fast
V. 15. or, had broken their fast

thou knowest that I love thee. He says to him: Feed my lambs.

He says to him again a second time: Simon, son 16 of Jonah, lovest thou me? He says to him: Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He says to him: Tend my sheep.

He says to him the third time: Simon, son of 17 Jonah, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said to him: Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus says to him, Feed my sheep.

Verily, verily, I say to thee, when thou wast 18 young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldst; but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and lead thee whither thou wouldst not. And 19 this he spake, signifying by what manner of death he should glorify God.

And having spoken this, he says to him, Follow me. Peter, turning about, sees the disciple whom 20 Jesus loved following; who also at the supper leaned back on his breast and said: Lord, who is he that betrays thee? Peter seeing him says to Jesus: 21 Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus says to 22 him: If I will that he tarry till I come, what is it to thee? Follow thou me.

This saying therefore went abroad among the 23


brethren, that that disciple should not die. And Jesus said not to him, that he should not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is it to thee? This is the disciple that testifies of these things, and wrote these things; and we know that his testi25 mony is true. And there are also many other things which Jesus did; and if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that should be written.

« PrécédentContinuer »