John 21:16

“He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

He saith to him againe the second time, Simon sonne of Ionas, louest thou me? He saith vnto him, Yea Lord, thou knowest that I loue thee. He saith vnto him, Feed my sheepe.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

He *said to him again a second time, "Simon, {son} of John, do you love Me? He *said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You." He *said to him, "Shepherd My sheep.""
- New American Standard Version (1995)

He saith to him again a second time, Simon, `son' of John, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Tend my sheep.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Again, a second time, he said to him, Simon, son of John, have you any love for me? Yes, Lord, he said, you are certain of my love for you. Then take care of my sheep, said Jesus.
- Basic English Bible

He says to him again a second time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? He says to him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I am attached to thee. He says to him, Shepherd my sheep.
- Darby Bible

He saith to him again the second time, Simon son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith to him, Yes, Lord: thou knowest that I love thee. He saith to him, Feed my sheep.
- Webster's Bible

Again a second time He asked him, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" "Yes, Master," he said, "you know that you are dear to me." "Then be a shepherd to my sheep," He said.
- Weymouth Bible

He said to him again a second time, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I have affection for you." He said to him, "Tend my sheep."
- World English Bible

Eft he seith to hym, Symount of Joon, louest thou me? He seith to him, Yhe, Lord, thou woost that Y loue thee. He seith to him, Fede thou my lambren.
- Wycliffe Bible

He saith to him again, a second time, `Simon, [son] of Jonas, dost thou love me?' he saith to him, `Yes, Lord; thou hast known that I dearly love thee;' he saith to him, `Tend my sheep.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for John 21:16

Joh 21:16 Feed my sheep. A second time the Lord probes Peter with the question. Let it be noted that he does not call him "Peter", "the rock" (Mt 16:18), any longer. So frail a disciple could only be called Simon. The Christ again commissions him to work, "Feed my sheep". Not only the lambs, but he may look after the sheep of the fold, watch over the disciples of the Lord, young and old. Three times Peter had denied the Master (Mt 26:70,72,74); three times the Master questions his love; three times he gives him charge concerning his work (Joh 21:15-17). The questioning was painful, Peter was grieved, but the grief was wholesome, and Peter's whole subsequent life bore proof of the discipline. His rashness was forever gone.

Discussion for John 21

  • Foxyrock111
    Christ alone take us home. that by faith in the word of God's grace Christ give us the faith to
  • David O
    He that tarries!! please respond
  • Robert Bomar for verse 17
    What Jesus is saying is show my sheep what to do and how to be baptized. Peter is the only one who knew who and what Jesus was and still is. Through Jesus is the only way to the kingdom of God if any man goes any other way they are the same as a thief and robber. The father loveth the son and has given all things to the sons hand what's left to give,nothing because he has all things. I and my father are one now how do you get trinity out of that Jesus has always been. Jesus was equaled to God while on earth when Jesus died
  • Corrine clinton
    Be ready at all times
  • Linda Pittman
    I loved the chapter. Jesus is a forgiving savor.What a friend we have in Jesus.He gave Peter so many times to redeem his self.
  • Lilian
    If we understand the message its Jesus wanted to remind Peter and his desciples to have obedience in following him, Jesus always use Peter as a fisher of men and they should remember his teaching and his powerful words before Jesus cruxified. Jehovah Jireh the only provider which he always provide our daily bread as promised. Jesus reminded us to follow him and seek the Kingdom of God first so that we can see the glory of God if we allow Jesus and Holy Spirit to dwell in our lives. Jesus is a good shephered who always provide us and protect his own people

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