JOHN 21:3

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“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.”

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John 21:3 Translation & Meaning

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Simon Σίμων Simon (i.e., Shimon), the name of nine Israelites Simon
Peter Πέτρος A (piece of) rock (larger than G3037); as a name, Petrus, an apostle Peter
saith λέγει Properly, to "lay" forth, i.e., (figuratively) relate (in words (usually of systematic or set discourse; whereas G2036 and G5346 generally refer to an individual expression or speech respectively; while G4483 is properly to break silence merely, and G2980 means an extended or random harangue)); by implication, to mean saith
unto them, αὐτοῖς The reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the comparative G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons unto them
I go Ὑπάγω To lead (oneself) under, i.e., withdraw or retire (as if sinking out of sight), literally or figuratively go
a fishing. ἁλιεύειν To be a fisher, i.e., (by implication) to fish fishing
They say λέγουσιν Properly, to "lay" forth, i.e., (figuratively) relate (in words (usually of systematic or set discourse; whereas G2036 and G5346 generally refer to an individual expression or speech respectively; while G4483 is properly to break silence merely, and G2980 means an extended or random harangue)); by implication, to mean say
unto him, αὐτῷ The reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the comparative G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons unto him
We ἡμεῖς We (only used when emphatic) We
also καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words also
go Ἐρχόμεθα To come or go (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively) go
with σὺν With or together (but much closer than G3326 or G3844), i.e., by association, companionship, process, resemblance, possession, instrumentality, addition, etc with
thee. σοί To thee thee
They went forth, ἐξῆλθον To issue (literally or figuratively) forth
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
entered ἀνέβησαν To go up (literally or figuratively) entered
into εἰς To or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases into
a τὸ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) a
ship πλοῖον A sailer, i.e., vessel ship
immediately; εὐθὺς, Straight, i.e., (literally) level, or (figuratively) true; adverbially (of time) at once immediately
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
that ἐκείνῃ That one (or (neuter) thing); often intensified by the article prefixed that
night νυκτὶ "night" (literally or figuratively) night
they caught ἐπίασαν To squeeze, i.e., seize (gently by the hand (press), or officially (arrest), or in hunting (capture)) caught
nothing. οὐδέν Not even one (man, woman or thing), i.e., none, nobody, nothing nothing

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

  • 2  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.

  • 3  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.

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

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




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