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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge: John 21

Chapter 21

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




Matthew 26:32 28:7,16 Mark 16:7

the sea


There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples.






2:1,11 4:46 Joshua 19:28


the sons.

Matthew 4:21,22

Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.

I go

2 Kings 6:1-7 Matthew 4:18-20 Luke 5:10,11 Acts 18:3 20:34 1 Corinthians 9:6 1 Thessalonians 2:9 2 Thessalonians 3:7-9

and that

Luke 5:5 1 Corinthians 3:7

But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.


20:14 Mark 16:12 Luke 24:15,16,31

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


or, Sirs.

1 John 2:13,18 *Gr:


Psalms 37:3 Luke 24:41-43 Philippians 4:11-13,19 Hebrews 13:5

And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.


Matthew 7:27 Luke 5:4-7

They cast

2:5 Psalms 8:8 Hebrews 2:6-9

the multitude

Acts 2:41 4:4

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.

that disciple

20,24 13:23 19:26 20:2

It is

20:20,28 Psalms 118:23 Mark 11:3 Luke 2:11 Acts 2:36 10:36 1 Corinthians 15:47 James 2:1


Song of Solomon 8:7 Matthew 14:28,29 Luke 7:47 2 Corinthians 5:14

fisher's coat

Or, upper coat, great coat, or, surtout, [ependutes (eÕpendu/thv)] from [epi (eÕpið)] upon, and [enduo (eÕndu/w)] I clothe.


That is, he was only in his vest, or under garment; for [gumnos (gumno/v)] naked, like the Hebrew arom, is frequently applied to one who has merely laid aside his outer garment. See 1 Sa 19:24; 2 Sa 6:20, on which see the note. To which may be added what we read in the LXX, Job 22:6, "Thou has taken away the covering of the naked," [amphiazo] the plaid, or blanket, in which they wrapped themselves, and besides they had no other. In this sense Virgil says, Nudus ara, sere nudus, "plough naked, and sow naked," i.e., strip off your upper garments.

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.


Deuteronomy 3:11

As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread.

they saw

1 Kings 19:5,6 Matthew 4:11 Mark 8:3 Luke 12:29-31

Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken.

and for

Luke 5:6-8 Acts 2:41

Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord.


Acts 10:41


The word [ariston (aµriston)] like prandere was used for any meat taken before the coena, or supper.


4:27 16:19 Genesis 32:29,30 Mark 9:32 Luke 9:45

Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise.

Luke 24:42,43 Acts 10:41

This is now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead.

the third time

Or, as some read, the third day. On the day the Saviour rose he appeared five times; the second day was that day se'nnight; and this was the third day--or this was his third appearance to any considerable number of his disciples together. Though he had appeared to Mary, to the women, to the two disciples, to Cephas--yet he had but twice appeared to a company of them together.


So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.


16,17 1:42


Matthew 16:17



8:42 14:15-24 16:27 Matthew 10:37 25:34-45 1 Corinthians 16:21,22 2 Corinthians 5:14,15 Galatians 5:6 Ephesians 6:24 1 Peter 1:8 1 John 4:19 5:1


7 Matthew 26:33,35 Mark 14:29

thou knowest

17 2 Samuel 7:20 2 Kings 20:3 Hebrews 4:13 Revelation 2:23


Psalms 78:70-72 Jeremiah 3:15 23:4 Ezekiel 34:2-10,23 Acts 20:28 1 Timothy 4:15,16 Hebrews 13:20 1 Peter 2:25 5:1-4


Genesis 33:13 Isaiah 40:11 Matthew 18:10,11 Luke 22:32 Romans 14:1 15:1 1 Corinthians 3:1-3 8:11 Ephesians 4:14 Hebrews 12:12,13 1 Peter 2:2

He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

the second

18:17,25 Matthew 26:72

my sheep

10:11-16,26,27 Psalms 95:7 100:3 Zechariah 13:7 Matthew 25:32 Luke 15:3-7 19:10 Acts 20:28 Hebrews 13:20 1 Peter 2:25

He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

the third

13:38 18:27 Matthew 26:73,74 Revelation 3:19


1 Kings 17:18 Lamentations 3:33 Matthew 26:75 Mark 14:72 Luke 22:61,62 2 Corinthians 2:4-7 2 Corinthians 7:8-11 Ephesians 4:30 1 Peter 1:6


2:24,25 16:30 18:4 Jeremiah 17:10 Acts 1:24 15:8 Revelation 2:23

thou knowest that

15 Joshua 22:22 1 Chronicles 29:17 Job 31:4-6 Psalms 7:8,9 17:3 2 Corinthians 1:12


15,16 12:8 14:15 15:10 Matthew 25:40 2 Corinthians 8:8,9 2 Peter 1:12-15 3:1 1 John 3:16-24 3 John 1:7,8

Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.


13:36 Acts 12:3,4


Acts 21:11

thou wouldest not

12:27,28 2 Corinthians 5:4

This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.


Philippians 1:20 1 Peter 4:11-14 2 Peter 1:14


22 12:26 13:36,37 Numbers 14:24 1 Samuel 12:20 Matthew 10:38 16:21-25 19:28 Mark 8:33-38 Luke 9:22-26

Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee?


7,24 20:2


13:23-26 20:2

Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do?


Matthew 24:3,4 Luke 13:23,24 Acts 1:6,7

Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.


Matthew 16:27,28 24:3,27,44 25:31 Mark 9:1 1 Corinthians 4:5 11:26 Revelation 1:7 2:25 Revelation 3:11 22:7,20


Verse 23

Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?


Deuteronomy 29:29 Job 28:28 33:13 Daniel 4:35

This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true.

we know

19:35 1 John 1:1,2 5:6 3 John 1:12

And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.


20:30,31 Job 26:14 Psalms 40:5 71:15 Ecclesiastes 12:12 Matthew 11:5 Acts 10:38 Acts 20:35 Hebrews 11:32

that even

This is a very strong eastern expression to represent the number of miracles which Jesus wrought. But however strong and strange it may appear to us of the western world, we find sacred and other authors using hyperboles of the like kind and signification. See Nu 13:33; De 1:28; Da 4:11; Ec 14:15. Basnage gives a very similar hyperbole taken from the Jewish writers, in which Jochanan is said to have "composed such a great number of precepts and lessons, that if the heavens were paper, and all the trees of the forest so many pens, and all the children of men so many scribes, they would not suffice to write all his lessons."

Amos 7:10 Matthew 19:24