John 21:5 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 21:5, NIV: He called out to them, 'Friends, haven't you any fish?' 'No,' they answered.

John 21:5, ESV: Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” They answered him, “No.”

John 21:5, KJV: Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No.

John 21:5, NASB: So Jesus *said to them, 'Children, you do not have any fish to eat, do you?' They answered Him, 'No.'

John 21:5, NLT: He called out, 'Fellows, have you caught any fish?' 'No,' they replied.

John 21:5, CSB: "Friends," Jesus called to them, "you don't have any fish, do you? ""No," they answered.

What does John 21:5 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

At sunrise, and after an unsuccessful night of fishing (John 21:1–3), the disciples are not likely to recognize anyone standing far away on the shores of Galilee (John 21:4). The figure they see is Jesus, who calls out to ask if they've caught anything. The Greek term paidia literally refers to "children," but can also be a figure of speech. One can imagine a modern person calling out in English, "you kids didn't catch anything, did you?"

A few years before, Jesus responded to a fruitless night of fishing by commanding Peter to cast his nets off the other side of the boat (Luke 5:3–5). The result was a clear miracle (Luke 5:6–7), resulting in Peter's declaration of faith (Luke 5:8). In this encounter, Jesus will give a similar instruction (John 21:6), with similar results (John 21:7).