John 21:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 21:10, NIV: Jesus said to them, 'Bring some of the fish you have just caught.'

John 21:10, ESV: Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.”

John 21:10, KJV: Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught.

John 21:10, NASB: Jesus *said to them, 'Bring some of the fish which you have now caught.'

John 21:10, NLT: 'Bring some of the fish you've just caught,' Jesus said.

John 21:10, CSB: "Bring some of the fish you've just caught," Jesus told them.

What does John 21:10 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

After Jesus' resurrection (Matthew 28:9–10), He told the disciples to meet Him in Galilee. At some point, seven of them went fishing, but caught nothing over an entire night of work (John 21:1–4). At dawn, Jesus appeared and told them to cast again, resulting in a huge netful of fish (John 21:5–6). In typical fashion, Peter responded by jumping overboard and swimming to shore (John 21:7–9). When the others arrived, they found a small fire, with a few fish already cooking, and bread, along with Peter and Jesus.

Though there's food already being cooked, there's no reason to waste the catch. Jesus' instruction here is practical. The shared meal will be the backdrop of a conversation that restores Peter (John 21:17) after his embarrassing fall (John 18:25–27).