John 21:13 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 21:13, NIV: Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.

John 21:13, ESV: Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish.

John 21:13, KJV: Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise.

John 21:13, NASB: Jesus *came and *took the bread and *gave it to them, and the fish likewise.

John 21:13, NLT: Then Jesus served them the bread and the fish.

John 21:13, CSB: Jesus came, took the bread, and gave it to them. He did the same with the fish.

What does John 21:13 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The simple act of sharing a meal, especially in the ancient world, represents friendship and trust. Jesus told His disciples to wait for Him in Galilee (Matthew 28:9–10). They obeyed (John 21:1–2), after Jesus had made at least two appearances to gatherings of His followers (John 20:19, 26). This latest meeting (John 21:9–12) has a more casual, friendly feel than earlier incidents.

After breakfast, Jesus will address an important issue: Peter's embarrassing denial of Christ (John 13:36–38; 18:25–27). Some years before, Jesus had demonstrated a miracle, using fish (Luke 5:5–8) to call Peter to be a "fisher of men" (Luke 5:10–11). In the upcoming conversation, Jesus will poignantly remind Peter of his sin, while restoring him to his calling (John 21:17–19).