So when they had dined, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He said unto him, Yes, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He said unto him, Feed my lambs.
Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended in thee, yet I will never be offended.
He shall feed his flock like a shepherd; he shall gather the lambs with his arm and carry them in his bosom and shall gently lead those that are with young.
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon son of Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed it unto thee, but my Father who is in the heavens.
Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.
And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jonah: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.
And he said unto him, My lord knows that the children are tender, and the sheep and cows with young are with me; and if men should overdrive them, in one day all the sheep will die.
I beseech thee, O LORD, remember how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept with great weeping.
He chose David also his slave and took him from the sheepfolds,
And I will give you pastors according to my heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.
And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them; and they shall fear no more nor be dismayed neither shall they be lacking, said the LORD.
Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy and say unto the pastors, Thus hath the Lord GOD said; Woe unto the shepherds of Israel that feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks?
And I will raise up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my slave David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd.
He that loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and he that loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in the heavens their angels always behold the face of my Father who is in the heavens.
Then shall the King say unto those on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;
Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
but I have prayed for thee that thy faith fail not; and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would surely love me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither did I come of myself, but he sent me.
Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my soul for thy sake.
If ye love me, keep my commandments;
for the Father himself loves you because ye have loved me and have believed that I came out from God.
Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher's coat unto him (for he was naked) and cast himself into the sea.
Jesus said unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples dared to ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord.
He said to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He said unto him, Yes, Lord thou knowest that I love thee. He said unto him, Feed my sheep.
Take heed therefore unto yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has placed you as bishops to feed the congregation of God, which he has purchased with his own blood.
We then that are stronger ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not please ourselves.
And I, brothers, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
The salutation of me, Paul, is with my own hand.
For the charity of the Christ constrains us because we judge thus: that if one died for all, then all are dead:
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision avails anything nor uncircumcision, but faith which works by charity.
That we no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men and cunning craftiness, by which they lie in wait to deceive,
Occupy thyself in these things with care, for in this is everything, that thy profiting may be manifest unto all.
Neither is there any created thing that is not manifested in his presence, but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him of whom we speak.
Therefore, lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees,
Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the eternal testament,
whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though at present ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory;
as newborn babes, desire the rational milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby in health;
For ye were as sheep that had gone astray, but are now converted unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
The elders who are among you I exhort (I am also an elder with them and a witness of the afflictions of the Christ, and also a participant of the glory that shall be revealed).
Whosoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God; and anyone that loves him that begat also loves him that is born of him.
And I will kill her children with death, and all the congregations shall know that I AM he that searches the kidneys and hearts, and I will give unto each one of you according to your works.