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John 21:15–17

The Love Motivation

15 So when they had afinished breakfast, Jesus * said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of John, do you 1blove Me more than these?” He * said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I 2love You.” He * said to him, Tend cMy lambs.”

16 He * said to him again a second time, Simon, son of John, do you 1love Me?” He * said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I 2love You.” He * said to him, aShepherd My sheep.”

17 He * said to him the third time, Simon, son of John, do you 1love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him athe third time, Do you 1love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, bYou know all things; You know that I 1love You.” Jesus * said to him, cTend My sheep.

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John 21:15–17 — The New International Version (NIV)

15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”

“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, Feed my lambs.”

16 Again Jesus said, Simon son of John, do you love me?”

He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, Take care of my sheep.”

17 The third time he said to him, Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, Feed my sheep.

John 21:15–17 — English Standard Version (ESV)

15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, Feed my lambs.” 16 He said to him a second time, Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, Feed my sheep.

John 21:15–17 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

15 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 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. 17 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.

John 21:15–17 — New Living Translation (NLT)

15 After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?

“Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.”

Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him.

16 Jesus repeated the question: Simon son of John, do you love me?”

“Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.”

Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said.

17 A third time he asked him, Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.”

Jesus said, Then feed my sheep.

John 21:15–17 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

15 So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?”

He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.”

He said to him, Feed My lambs.”

16 He said to him again a second time, Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?”

He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.”

He said to him, Tend My sheep.”

17 He said to him the third time, Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, Do you love Me?”

And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.”

Jesus said to him, Feed My sheep.

John 21:15–17 — New Century Version (NCV)

15 When they finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”

He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”

17 A third time he said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” Peter said, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you!”

He said to him, “Feed my sheep.

John 21:15–17 — American Standard Version (ASV 1901)

15 So when they had broken their fast, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of John, 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 He saith to him again a second time, Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Tend my sheep. 17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of John, 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.

John 21:15–17 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

15 When therefore they had dined, Jesus says to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He says to him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I am attached to thee. He says to him, Feed my lambs. 16 He says to him again a second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He says to him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I am attached to thee. He says to him, Shepherd my sheep. 17 He says to him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, art thou attached to me? Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, Art thou attached to me? and said to him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I am attached to thee. Jesus says to him, Feed my sheep.

John 21:15–17 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

15 After they had eaten breakfast, Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than the other disciples do?”

Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”

Jesus told him, “Feed my lambs.”

16 Jesus asked him again, a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”

Peter answered him “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”

Jesus told him, “Take care of my sheep.”

17 Jesus asked him a third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”

Peter felt sad because Jesus had asked him a third time, “Do you love me?” So Peter said to him, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.”

Jesus told him, “Feed my sheep.

John 21:15–17 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

15 When they had eaten breakfast, Jesus asked Simon Peter, Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?”

“Yes, Lord,” he said to Him, “You know that I love You.”

Feed My lambs,” He told him.

16 A second time He asked him, Simon, son of John, do you love Me?”

“Yes, Lord,” he said to Him, “You know that I love You.”

Shepherd My sheep,” He told him.

17 He asked him the third time, Simon, son of John, do you love Me?”

Peter was grieved that He asked him the third time, Do you love Me?” He said, “Lord, You know everything! You know that I love You.”

Feed My sheep,” Jesus said.

John 21:15–17 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, Feed my lambs.” 16 A second time he said to him, Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, Feed my sheep.

John 21:15–17 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

15 Now when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs!” 16 He said to him again a second time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Shepherd my sheep!” 17 He said to him a third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was distressed because he said to him a third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything! You know that I love you!” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep!

John 21:15–17 — New International Reader’s Version (NIrV)

15 When Jesus and the disciples had finished eating, Jesus spoke to Simon Peter. He asked, “Simon, son of John, do you really love me more than these others do?”

“Yes, Lord,” he answered. “You know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

16 Again Jesus asked, “Simon, son of John, do you really love me?”

He answered, “Yes, Lord. You know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”

17 Jesus spoke to him a third time. He asked, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”

Peter felt bad because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He answered, “Lord, you know all things. You know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.