Meanwhile Saul, still breathing threats and murder
against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high
and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus,
so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, men or
women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
Now as he was going along and approaching Damascus,
suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.
He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him,
"Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?"
He asked, "Who are you, Lord?" The reply came,
"I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.
But get up and enter the city, and you will be told what
you are to do."
I will extol you, O LORD, for you have drawn me up, and
did not let my foes rejoice over me.
O LORD my God, I cried to you for help, and you have
O LORD, you brought up my soul from Sheol, restored me
to life from among those gone down to the Pit.
Sing praises to the LORD, O you his faithful ones, and
give thanks to his holy name.
For his anger is but for a moment; his favor is for a
lifetime. Weeping may linger for the night, but joy
comes with the morning.
As for me, I said in my prosperity, "I shall never
By your favor, O LORD, you had established me as a
strong mountain; you hid your face; I was dismayed.
To you, O LORD, I cried, and to the LORD I made
"What profit is there in my death, if I go down to
the Pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it tell of your
Hear, O LORD, and be gracious to me! O LORD, be my
You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have taken
off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
so that my soul may praise you and not be silent. O LORD
my God, I will give thanks to you forever.
Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels
surrounding the throne and the living creatures and the
elders; they numbered myriads of myriads and thousands
singing with full voice, "Worthy is the Lamb that
was slaughtered to receive power and wealth and wisdom
and might and honor and glory and blessing!"
Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and
under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them,
singing, "To the one seated on the throne and to
the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might
forever and ever!"
And the four living creatures said, "Amen!"
And the elders fell down and worshiped.
After these things Jesus showed himself again to the
disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself
in this way.
Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called
the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of
Zebedee, and two others of his disciples.
Simon Peter said to them, "I am going
fishing." They said to him, "We will go with
you." They went out and got into the boat, but that
night they caught nothing.
Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the
disciples did not know that it was Jesus.
Jesus said to them, "Children, you have no fish,
have you?" They answered him, "No."
He said to them, "Cast the net to the right side of
the boat, and you will find some." So they cast it,
and now they were not able to haul it in because there
were so many fish.
That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It
is the Lord!" When Simon Peter heard that it was
the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and
jumped into the sea.
But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the
net full of fish, for they were not far from the land,
only about a hundred yards off.
When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire
there, with fish on it, and bread.
Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish that
you have just caught."
So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore,
full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; and
though there were so many, the net was not torn.
Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast."
Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, "Who
are you?" because they knew it was the Lord.
Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and
did the same with the fish.
This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the
disciples after he was raised from the dead.
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon
Peter, "Simon son of John, do you love me more than
these?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know
that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my
A second time he said to him, "Simon son of John,
do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord;
you know that I love you." Jesus said to him,
"Tend my sheep."
He said to him the third time, "Simon son of John,
do you love me?" Peter felt hurt because he said to
him the third time, "Do you love me?" And he
said to him, "Lord, you know everything; you know
that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my
Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used
to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished.
But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands,
and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take
you where you do not wish to go."
(He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he
would glorify God.) After this he said to him,