John 21:8 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 21:8, NIV: The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards.

John 21:8, ESV: The other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off.

John 21:8, KJV: And the other disciples came in a little ship; (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with fishes.

John 21:8, NASB: But the other disciples came in the little boat, for they were not far from the land, but about two hundred cubits away, dragging the net full of fish.

John 21:8, NLT: The others stayed with the boat and pulled the loaded net to the shore, for they were only about a hundred yards from shore.

John 21:8, CSB: Since they were not far from land (about a hundred yards away), the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish.

What does John 21:8 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jesus sent the disciples back to Galilee after His resurrection (Matthew 28:9–10). Although most of the men had been fishermen (John 1:35–42), this does not mean Jesus intended them to go back to their old career. Early in their travels, Jesus had miraculously provided a massive catch of fish (Luke 5:5–8), then told the disciples they'd now be "fishers of men" (Luke 5:10–11).

For whatever reason, Peter and six other disciples had gone out to fish overnight and caught nothing (John 21:1–4). A man appeared on shore and told them to cast once more, resulting in another enormous haul (John 21:5–6). This left no doubt that the man was Jesus, so Peter jumped overboard and swam to shore (John 21:7). The remaining men, including John himself, are left to tow the boat to shore.