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

  • 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.
  • A disciple
    Mark; "just what is going on here? About knowing and not knowing???" That's a keen observation; and something hardly anyone seems to consider! But the matter of how and to whom the Lord reveals Himself; (even while He's standing right in front of them!); speaks to 'how' and 'to whom' He finds us when He comes. Ordinary circumstances should not be despised; and we should KNOW that "It is the Lord."
  • Mark verrell
    " the disciples didn't know that it was JESUS"" yet the disciple that Jesus loved told Simon Peter that it was the LORD" THEN THE DISCIPLES CAME TO SHORE AND DID NOT QUESTION HIM BECAUSE THEY KNEW IT WAS THE LORD"
    just what is going on here? About knowing and not knowing???
  • Ray321
    John 21:12 Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord. One day we will have a glorified body like Jesus and be also able to eat fish.
  • Steve morrow
    JOHN 21:15 SO WHEN THEY HAD DINED JESUS SAITH TO SIMON PETER SIMON SON OF JONAS --- LOVEST THOU ME MORE THAN THESE --- HE SAITH UNTO HIM YES LORD THOU KNOWEST THAT I LOVE THEE --- HE SAITH UNTO HIM FEED MY LAMBS ***** JOHN 14:15 IF YOU LOVE ME --- KEEP MY --- COMMANDMENTS*****JOHN 6:55 FOR MY FLESH IS MEAT INDEED AND MY BLOOD IS DRINK INDEED
  • Wayne
    Didn't have anything to do with Peter being naked, as is being discussed.

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