John 21:1
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New International Version
Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way:

New Living Translation
Later, Jesus appeared again to the disciples beside the Sea of Galilee. This is how it happened.

English Standard Version
After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way.

Berean Study Bible
Later, by the Sea of Tiberias, Jesus again revealed Himself to the disciples. He made Himself known in this way:

Berean Literal Bible
After these things, Jesus revealed Himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias. Now He revealed Himself in this way:

New American Standard Bible
After these things Jesus manifested Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and He manifested Himself in this way.

King James Bible
After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he himself.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
After this, Jesus revealed Himself again to His disciples by the Sea of Tiberias. He revealed Himself in this way:

International Standard Version
Later on, Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias. This is what happened:

NET Bible
After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias. Now this is how he did so.

New Heart English Bible
After these things, Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias. He revealed himself this way.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
After these things Yeshua again showed himself to his disciples by the Sea of Tiberius, and he appeared thus:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Later, by the Sea of Tiberias, Jesus showed himself again to the disciples. This is what happened.

New American Standard 1977
After these things Jesus manifested Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and He manifested Himself in this way.

Jubilee Bible 2000
After these things Jesus manifested himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias, and he manifested himself in this manner:

King James 2000 Bible
After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and in this way showed he himself.

American King James Version
After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise showed he himself.

American Standard Version
After these things Jesus manifested himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and he manifested himself on this wise.

Douay-Rheims Bible
AFTER this, Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias. And he shewed himself after this manner.

Darby Bible Translation
After these things Jesus manifested himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias. And he manifested [himself] thus.

English Revised Version
After these things Jesus manifested himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and he manifested himself on this wise.

Webster's Bible Translation
After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias: and in this manner did he show himself.

Weymouth New Testament
After this, Jesus again showed Himself to the disciples. It was at the Lake of Tiberias. The circumstances were as follows.

World English Bible
After these things, Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias. He revealed himself this way.

Young's Literal Translation
After these things did Jesus manifest himself again to the disciples on the sea of Tiberias, and he did manifest himself thus:
Study Bible
Jesus Appears at the Sea of Galilee
1Later, by the Sea of Tiberias, Jesus again revealed Himself to the disciples. He made Himself known in this way: 2Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together.…
Cross References
Mark 16:12
After this, Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them as they walked along in the country.

Mark 16:14
Later as they were eating, Jesus appeared to the eleven and rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen.

John 6:1
After this, Jesus crossed to the other side of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias).

John 20:19
It was the first day of the week, and that very evening, while the disciples were together with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them. "Peace be with you!" He said to them.

John 20:26
Eight days later, His disciples were once again inside with the doors locked, and Thomas was with them. Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you."

John 21:14
This was now the third time Jesus appeared to the disciples after He was raised from the dead.

Acts 1:3
After His suffering, He presented Himself to them with many convincing proofs that He was alive. He appeared to them over a span of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.
Treasury of Scripture

After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise showed he himself.

these.

John 20:19-29 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week…

Jesus.

Matthew 26:32 But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.

Matthew 28:7,16 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the …

Mark 16:7 But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goes before …

the sea.

John 6:1,23 After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the …

(1) After these things.--Comp. the same expression in John 5:1; John 6:1; John 7:1. It denotes not immediate succession, but rather an interval during which other events have taken place. Here it connects the events of this chapter with the Gospel which has been brought to a conclusion in John 20:30-31. At a later period than the last-mentioned there, occurred the events to be mentioned here.

Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples.--Better, He manifested Himself again to the disciples. The word "Jesus" is of uncertain authority, and has probably been inserted because a Church Lesson began at this place. (Comp. Notes on John 6:14.) The pronoun connects the narrative immediately with that which has gone before.

The word rendered "shewed Himself" (manifested Himself) is used elsewhere of our Lord's appearance only in Mark 16:12; Mark 16:14, where it is passive (see Note there), and in John 21:14 of this chapter. The argument that this chapter is not the original part of St. John's Gospel cannot, however, be fairly said to be strengthened by this fact. The word occurs only once besides in the Synoptic Gospels (Mark 4:22), while it is distinctly a Johannine word (John 1:31; John 2:11; John 3:21; John 7:4; John 9:3; John 17:6; 1John 1:2 (twice); 1John 2:19; 1John 2:28; 1John 3:2 (twice), 1John 3:5; 1John 3:8; 1John 4:9; Revelation 3:18; Revelation 15:4).

The reflective expression, "manifested Himself," is, moreover, in St. John's style. (Comp. John 7:4; John 11:33.) The word "again" is another link with what has gone before, connecting this manifestation with that of John 20:19; John 20:26.

At the sea of Tiberias.--Comp. Note on John 6:1. The name is found only in St. John.

(1) The impression that St. John would not die belongs to the period when the Second Advent was looked for as within the limits of lifetime. This period ceased with the first generation of Christians, and the mistake would therefore point to the close of the first century as a limit beyond which' the date of the Gospel cannot be placed.

Verse 1. - After these things Jesus manifested himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias. The opening formula is one often adopted by John (see particularly John 2:12; John 5:1, 14; John 6:1); considerable periods of time and cycles of ministry are frequently covered by it. Another chapter is opened, another series of events to be recorded which had left undying impression on the apostle's mind, and, in full view of numerous other traditions, was chosen by himself as especially worthy of record. "Jesus manifested himself." In John 2:11 we hear that "he manifested his glory;" now he manifested his Person, as an act of his own will. He was "manifested in the flesh" (1 Timothy 3:16), but now that flesh was itself more directly under the control of his personality, and the mere sensuous eye and carnal understanding could not without his special permission realize that wondrous presence. The passive form of the verb is used in Mark 16:12, 14. The touch of feeling involved in the active voice must not be overlooked. The "again" clearly points back to the previous manifestations described in John 20:14, 19, 26. On each occasion his coming, though in a recognizable human body, was a body (a μορφή, not a σχῆμα) which had the qualities of spirit. "The disciples" are afterwards mentioned by name. It was to disciples only that he "appeared." Believers in him were those alone who could see this spiritual body. The effect produced upon them was that of objective reality, but this was made to prepared spirits. Such a proceeding is akin to all the grander operations of nature, and the most august manifestations of God. "At the sea of Tiberias." This is the only place where the "sea of Galilee," or of "Gennesareth," is called the "sea of Tiberias." That it was identical with the familiar lake is evident from the known site of Tiberias (now represented by the modern town Tubarieh), a city which is mentioned by Josephus ('Ant.,' 18:02.3; 'Bell. Jud.,' 2:09. 1; 'Vit.,' §§ 12, 13, 64), and which, from its schools of learned men, had a great place in later Jewish history. Moreover, in John 6:1, 23, if the Greek be accurately rendered, the writer spoke of "the sea of Galilee, of Tiberias," interpreting the name well known by the Jews, through another name by which it would be better recognized by Gentiles (see note on John 6:1). Dr. Farrar, 'Message of the Books,' sees in the nomenclature a hint of the later origin of the Fourth Gospel than the date assigned to the synoptic narrative. 'Er; is used because the shore where they saw him was a raised beach or cliff" above" the sea. It must be observed that the same phrase is used in John 6:19 and Matthew 14:25 for Christ's walking "upon the sea;" but the ἐπὶ is itself explained here by the αἰγιαλόν of ver. 4, just as the preposition receives elsewhere more literally another meaning from the context. And he manifested himself thus; "on this wise," i.e. after the manner to be described. This is the commencement of our Lord's discourses on the kingdom of God (Acts 1:3). This was the beginning of the great fulfillment of his own predictions (Matthew 26:32; Matthew 28:10), and of the angel's words to the women. The narrative gives the deep heart-tones and genuine teaching of the risen Lord. After these things,.... The resurrection of Christ from the dead, his appearance to Mary Magdalene, and twice to his disciples; once when Thomas was absent, and at another time when he was present:

Jesus showed himself again to the disciples, a third time, as in John 21:14 though not to them all; seven are only mentioned, as together, when he appeared to them:

at the sea of Tiberias; the same with the sea of Galilee; see John 6:1 for after the second appearance of Christ to his disciples, they went from Jerusalem to Galilee, by the order of Christ, who appointed to meet them there, Matthew 28:10

and on this way showed he himself; the manner in which he made his appearance, and the persons to whom, are as follow. CHAPTER 21

Joh 21:1-23. Supplementary Particulars.

(That this chapter was added by another hand has been asserted, against clear evidence to the contrary, by some late critics, chiefly because the Evangelist had concluded his part of the work with Joh 20:30, 31. But neither in the Epistles of the New Testament, nor in other good authors, is it unusual to insert supplementary matter, and so have more than one conclusion).

1, 2. Jesus showed himself again—manifested himself again.

and on this wise he manifested himself—This way of speaking shows that after His resurrection He appeared to them but occasionally, unexpectedly, and in a way quite unearthly, though yet really and corporeally.21:1-14 Christ makes himself known to his people, usually in his ordinances; but sometimes by his Spirit he visits them when employed in their business. It is good for the disciples of Christ to be together in common conversation, and common business. The hour for their entering upon action was not come. They would help to maintain themselves, and not be burdensome to any. Christ's time of making himself known to his people, is when they are most at a loss. He knows the temporal wants of his people, and has promised them not only grace sufficient, but food convenient. Divine Providence extends itself to things most minute, and those are happy who acknowledge God in all their ways. Those who are humble, diligent, and patient, though their labours may be crossed, shall be crowned; they sometimes live to see their affairs take a happy turn, after many struggles. And there is nothing lost by observing Christ's orders; it is casting the net on the right side of the ship. Jesus manifests himself to his people by doing that for them which none else can do, and things which they looked not for. He would take care that those who left all for him, should not want any good thing. And latter favours are to bring to mind former favours, that eaten bread may not be forgotten. He whom Jesus loved was the first that said, It is the Lord. John had cleaved most closely to his Master in his sufferings, and knew him soonest. Peter was the most zealous, and reached Christ the first. How variously God dispenses his gifts, and what difference there may be between some believers and others in the way of their honouring Christ, yet they all may be accepted of him! Others continue in the ship, drag the net, and bring the fish to shore, and such persons ought not to be blamed as worldly; for they, in their places, are as truly serving Christ as the others. The Lord Jesus had provision ready for them. We need not be curious in inquiring whence this came; but we may be comforted at Christ's care for his disciples. Although there were so many, and such great fishes, yet they lost none, nor damaged their net. The net of the gospel has enclosed multitudes, yet it is as strong as ever to bring souls to God.
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