John 21:12 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 21:12, NIV: Jesus said to them, 'Come and have breakfast.' None of the disciples dared ask him, 'Who are you?' They knew it was the Lord.

John 21:12, ESV: Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord.

John 21:12, KJV: Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord.

John 21:12, NASB: Jesus *said to them, 'Come and have breakfast.' None of the disciples ventured to inquire of Him, 'Who are You?' knowing that it was the Lord.

John 21:12, NLT: 'Now come and have some breakfast!' Jesus said. None of the disciples dared to ask him, 'Who are you?' They knew it was the Lord.

John 21:12, CSB: "Come and have breakfast," Jesus told them. None of the disciples dared ask him, "Who are you? " because they knew it was the Lord.

What does John 21:12 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

When Jesus first rose from the dead, He passed along a message telling the disciples to meet Him in Galilee (Matthew 28:9–10). He then made at least two appearances to groups of disciples (John 20:19, 26). This time, He appeared on shore while the men were out on the water in dim light (John 21:1–4). The miraculous catch of fish confirmed that it was Jesus (John 21:5–11).

The disciples lack of questions about Jesus' identity can be taken in several ways. One possibility is John emphasizing the lack of doubt, as if saying, "there's no need to ask, since it's clear."

The other option is that the men believe this is Jesus, but they're tempted to ask, just to be sure. This would be like someone asking a close friend, "is it really you?" Or, as when seeing someone wearing new clothes with a new hair style, Jesus' resurrected form might have been subtly different (Luke 24:13–16, 31; John 20:14). This would cast John's remark as reassurance: even though Jesus' appearance was not exactly as it had been, there was no valid reason to think it was someone else.