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

New Living Translation
He called out, "Fellows, have you caught any fish?" "No," they replied.

English Standard Version
Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” They answered him, “No.”

Berean Study Bible
So He said to them, "Children, do you have any fish?" "No," they answered.

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore Jesus says to them, "Children do you have any food?" They answered Him, "No."

New American Standard Bible
So Jesus said to them, "Children, you do not have any fish, do you?" They answered Him, "No."

King James Bible
Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Men," Jesus called to them, "you don't have any fish, do you?"" No," they answered.

International Standard Version
Jesus asked them, "Children, you don't have any fish, do you?" They answered him, "No."

NET Bible
So Jesus said to them, "Children, you don't have any fish, do you?" They replied, "No."

New Heart English Bible
Jesus therefore said to them, "Children, have you anything to eat?" They answered him, "No."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Yeshua said to them, “Lads, do you have anything to eat?” They said to him, “No.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus asked them, "Friends, haven't you caught any fish?" They answered him, "No, we haven't."

New American Standard 1977
Jesus therefore said to them, “Children, you do not have any fish, do you?” They answered Him, “No.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Jesus said unto them, Children, have ye any food? They answered him, No.

King James 2000 Bible
Then Jesus said unto them, Children, have you any fish? They answered him, No.

American King James Version
Then Jesus said to them, Children, have you any meat? They answered him, No.

American Standard Version
Jesus therefore saith unto them, Children, have ye aught to eat? They answered him, No.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Jesus therefore said to them: Children, have you any meat? They answered him: No.

Darby Bible Translation
Jesus therefore says to them, Children, have ye anything to eat? They answered him, No.

English Revised Version
Jesus therefore saith unto them, Children, have ye aught to eat? They answered him, No.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then Jesus saith to them, Children, have ye any victuals? They answered him, No.

Weymouth New Testament
He called to them. "Children," He said, "have you any food there?" "No," they answered.

World English Bible
Jesus therefore said to them, "Children, have you anything to eat?" They answered him, "No."

Young's Literal Translation
Jesus, therefore, saith to them, 'Lads, have ye any meat?'
Study Bible
Jesus Appears at the Sea of Galilee
4Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not recognize that it was Jesus. 5So He said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” “No,” they answered. 6He told them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it there, and they were unable to haul it in because of the great number of fish.…
Cross References
Matthew 14:15
When evening came, the disciples came to Him and said, "This is a desolate place, and the hour is already late. Dismiss the crowds, so they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves."

Luke 24:41
While they were still in disbelief because of their joy and amazement, He asked them, "Do you have anything here to eat?"
Treasury of Scripture

Then Jesus said to them, Children, have you any meat? They answered him, No.

Children. or, Sirs.

1 John 2:13,18 I write to you, fathers, because you have known him that is from …


Psalm 37:3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shall you dwell in the land, and …

Luke 24:41-43 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said to …

Philippians 4:11-13,19 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatever …

Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with …

(5) Children, have ye any meat?--The word rendered "Children" (or, as the margin has it, Sirs), is used in addressing others only by St. John among the New Testament writers (1John 2:13; 1John 2:18). It is not the word used in John 13:33, where we have an expression denoting His affectionate tenderness for the disciples, which would not have been appropriate here, for He does not at once reveal His identity to them. It is a word which, indeed, may express His love for them (comp. John 4:49), but which appears also to have been used as an address to workmen or inferiors, not unlike our own words "boys" or "lads." They seem to take it in this sense, as though some traveller passing by asked the question because he wished to purchase some of their fish.

The word rendered "meat" occurs here only in the New Testament. It means anything eaten with bread, and was used as equivalent to the fish which was the ordinary relish. (Comp. Note on John 6:9.)

Verses 5, 6. - Jesus therefore saith unto them. They failed to recognize his first appearance, so he permits them to hear the voice which had often poured such music into their ears. Children; not τεκνία, the phrase used in John 13:33, but παιδία, "young people," "lads" - a term of less intimate familiarity, though the apostle himself used it in 1 John 2:13, 18 (in vers. 1 and 12 τρεκνία is used, apparently in interchange with it). The μή τι suggests a negative answer. Προσφάγιον is that which is eaten with bread, and is commonly ὄψον or ὀψάριον, something roasted for the purpose of eating with bread. Since fish was very frequently used for the purpose, the word was often used for "fish" itself (LXX., Numbers 11:22; John 6.9, 11. Other equivalent words are found in Attic Greek, προσφάγημα, προσόψημα). Children (lads, young men yonder), you have nothing, I suppose, to eat? They answered him, No. In all this scene the risen Lord showed himself interested and co-operating with them in their daily toil, as engaged in the same work with them. Their listless manner showed that they had toiled in vain, and, perhaps with tone or gesture of unwillingness to confess their failure, they replied in the negative. Then he said to them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship; the side opposite to that on which they were dragging it along. Moreover, the "right hand," the "right eye," the "right ear," the "right side," are proverbially the more useful, fruitful, or honorable. The imagery is preserved throughout Scripture. And ye shall find. Therefore they cast it. And in order to do this they would probably have had to haul a considerable portion of it into the boat for the necessary transference from left to right. They at once obeyed the summons, remembering what they had previously found to have been their experience (Luke 5.), and no longer were they able, or had they strength, to draw it into the boat. Ἐλκύσαι, is here quite a different process from the σύροντες of ver. 8, which describes the hauling, tugging, of the net to shore. The difficulty arose from (or, because of) the multitude of the fishes. The miracle here is a simple indication of the higher knowledge which the Lord possessed. This huge shoal may, humanly speaking, have been perceived in its approach; so that the event is more impressive in its analogical force than in its supernatural machinery. It suggests the surprising results that would accompany their labor when they should under the Lord's own injunction and inspiration, become veritable fishers of men. The parabolic teaching of this miracle is unusually obvious. Then Jesus saith unto them, children,.... And still they knew him not, though he used this endearing and familiar appellation, and which they had been wont to hear from him; and he had called them by a little before his departure from them, John 13:33 and which he uses here as expressive of his tender affection for them, their relation to him, and that he might be known by them:

have ye any meat? that is, as the Syriac renders it, , "anything to eat"; meaning fish that they had caught; and whether they had got a sufficient quantity to make a meal of for him and them.

They answered him no; they had got nothing at all; or at least what they had was far from being enough to make a breakfast of; for so a meal early in a morning may be most properly called, though it is afterwards called dining. Christ's children, true believers, are sometimes without spiritual food; there is always indeed enough in Christ, and he has an heart to give it; but either through prevailing iniquity they feed on something else, or do not go to him for food, or go elsewhere; but he will not suffer them to starve; for as he has made provisions for them in the ministry of the word and ordinances; and he himself is the bread of life; if they do not ask him for food, he will ask them whether they have any; will kindly invite them to the provisions he himself makes; will bid them welcome, and bless them to them. 5. Children—This term would not necessarily identify Him, being not unusual from any superior; but when they did recognize Him, they would feel it sweetly like Himself.

have ye any meat?—provisions, supplies, meaning fish.

They answered … No—This was in His wonted style, making them tell their case, and so the better prepare them for what was coming.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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