John 21:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 21:7, NIV: Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, 'It is the Lord!' As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, 'It is the Lord,' he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water.

John 21:7, ESV: That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea.

John 21:7, KJV: Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher's coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.

John 21:7, NASB: Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved *said to Peter, 'It is the Lord!' So when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he was stripped for work), and threw himself into the sea.

John 21:7, NLT: Then the disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, 'It's the Lord!' When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his tunic (for he had stripped for work), jumped into the water, and headed to shore.

John 21:7, CSB: The disciple, the one Jesus loved, said to Peter, "It is the Lord! "When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he tied his outer clothing around him (for he had taken it off) and plunged into the sea.

What does John 21:7 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Peter, John, and five other disciples (John 21:2–3) ended a night of fishing without any success. The common way to work on a fishing boat in that era involved removing one's outer garments. Though the English term "naked" means entirely lacking clothes, the Greek term gymnos more generally means someone lightly or poorly clothed.

As the dawn breaks, the men hear a man standing on shore asking about their catch, telling them to cast on the right side of the boat (John 21:4–6). The result is an enormous haul: so big it can't be pulled on board. John, as he often does, refers to himself indirectly as "that disciple whom Jesus loved" (John 13:23; 19:26; 20:3).

The miraculous results of the man's advice echo a similar incident from the disciples' early days with Jesus (Luke 5:4–6). Recognizing the supernatural power of that event, Peter had reacted in faith (Luke 5:8). Here, the instant appearance of so many fish makes the identity of the man on shore obvious: this is Jesus.

Peter's reaction is typically dramatic. He hastily throws on his outer clothes and jumps into the water so he can swim to shore. The others will follow, as they can, hauling the overloaded net (John 21:8).