John 21:22

“Iesus saith vnto him, If I will that he tary till I come, what is that to thee? Follow thou me.”

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Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what [is that] to thee? follow thou me.
- King James Version

Jesus *said to him, "If I want him to remain until I come, what {is that} to you? You follow Me!"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what `is that' to thee? Follow thou me.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Jesus said to him, If it is my desire for him to be here till I come back, what is that to you? come yourself after me.
- Basic English Bible

Jesus says to him, If I will that he abide until I come, what [is that] to thee? Follow thou me.
- Darby Bible

Jesus saith to him, If I will that he shall tarry till I come, what is that to thee? Follow thou me.
- Webster's Bible

If I desire him to remain till I come, replied Jesus, "what concern is that of yours? You, yourself, must follow me."
- Weymouth Bible

Jesus said to him, "If I desire that he stay until I come, what is that to you? You follow me."
- World English Bible

Jhesus seith to him, So I wole that he dwelle til that Y come, what to thee? sue thou me.
- Wycliffe Bible

Jesus saith to him, `If him I will to remain till I come, what -- to thee? be thou following me.' This word, therefore, went forth to the brethren that that disciple doth not die,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 21:22


21:22 If I will that he tarry - Without dying, till I come - To judgment. Certainly he did tarry, till Christ came to destroy Jerusalem. And who can tell, when or how he died? What is that to thee? - Who art to follow me long before.


People's Bible Notes for John 21:22


Joh 21:22 If I will that he tarry till I come. This is spoken of John, and the words have caused much discussion. They surely convey the idea that John would remain on the earth, after the other apostles depart, until the Lord came once more. He did linger long after all the other apostles were gone. It is the testimony of church history that he did not die until about the close of the first century, many years after the other apostles were at rest. He "tarried"; did the Lord come to him? At least sixty years after the Lord spoke these words John was an exile on the isle of Patmos. There on the Lord's day he writes: "I heard a great voice" (Re 1:10), and "I saw one like the Son of man" (Re 1:13), blazing in such glory that, filled with awe, he "fell at his feet as dead" (Re 1:17). Then follow these words of the Savior, the seven letters, and the visions of Revelation. Here was a visible coming and John tarried until that coming. He alone of the Twelve saw the Lord, after his ascension, once more on the earth.

Discussion for John 21

  • Bruce
    Sheep and Lambs are All The Believers, His Elect. Jesus is Telling Simon Peter to Feed His Elect. All Through The Scriptures Believers are Called Sheep or Lambs. Know Ye that The LORD He is God: it is He that hath Made Us and not We Ourselves; We are His People and The Sheep of His Pasture(Psalm100:3)Go Your ways; Behold I Send You Forth as Lambs among Wolves(Luke 10:3) Two Different Languages.
  • Daryl
    John 21:15, 16, 17. v15 Lambs are the Apostles , v16 Sheep are the Jews, v17 Sheep are the Gentiles. v15 see John 20 v21 Christ was sent for our sins, the Apostles are being sent for the establishment of the Church. see Romans 1:16 Jew first then the Gentiles. Every where that Peter went the Holy Spirit was introduced.
  • William
    Interestingly enough, Jesus leaves us with plenty of information for the believer and pursuers to answer the questions of existence for themselves and equally to inquire among themselves.
  • Lucille
    John21:1-14 when God makes something clear let us not doubt or insult Him with demands for further verification
  • Eutychus
    "There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples." Some scholars maintain that NATHANAEL of Cana is the same as the disciple/apostle Bartholomew (Mark 3:18).
  • Stephen Botts
    To ''a disciple":

    I have enjoyed reading your comments throughout this forum as I continue to read God's Word. Thanks, keep up the good work.

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