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

  • Wayne
    Didn't have anything to do with Peter being naked, as is being discussed.
  • Irene123
    Hi Wayne; what is your understanding of Deut.22:5? and no, I'm not going to 'come back at you' - whatever you say; I'm just interested
  • Wayne
    Stacey, it says he was naked and he put his clothes in before going ashore. Not room for a big theological reasoning or interpretation there. He just put on his clothes.Simple wording.
  • Wayne
    But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. Matt. 6:33.
  • Irene123
    Robt. Bomar - I just now read your post I LIKE IT!! I've been Jesus name for 50 yrs. There are, have been several of us on here. I love to see you guys.
  • Irene123
    Vs. 1-6; Here is another angle of these vs. that was taught on tonight at Bible study: Jesus spent 3 yrs. with the disciples, teaching them to catch men. After His crucifixion they were so discouraged - the actual fishermen went back 'into the world' of their old life, and worked ALL NIGHT and - caught nothing. Jesus came along and by obeying Him - they caught over 150! A GOOD lesson.

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