Simon Peter dives into the water (Jn 21:7-21:7)

“The disciple,

Whom Jesus loved,

Said to Peter.

‘It is the Lord!’

When Simon Peter


That it was the Lord,

He put on some clothes,

Because he was naked.

He jumped into the sea.”

λέγει οὖν ὁ μαθητὴς ἐκεῖνος ὃν ἠγάπα ὁ Ἰησοῦς τῷ Πέτρῳ Ὁ Κύριός ἐστιν. Σίμων οὖν Πέτρος, ἀκούσας ὅτι ὁ Κύριός ἐστιν, τὸν ἐπενδύτην διεζώσατο, ἦν γὰρ γυμνός, καὶ ἔβαλεν ἑαυτὸν εἰς τὴν θάλασσαν·

John uniquely indicated that the disciple (ὁ μαθητὴς ἐκεῖνος), whom Jesus loved (ὃν ἠγάπα ὁ Ἰησοῦς), said (λέγει οὖν) to Peter (τῷ Πέτρῳ).  “It is the Lord (Ὁ Κύριός ἐστιν)!”  When Simon Peter (Σίμων οὖν Πέτρος) heard (ἀκούσας) that it was the Lord (ὅτι ὁ Κύριός ἐστιν), he put on or tied some garment around him (τὸν ἐπενδύτην διεζώσατο), because he was naked (ἦν γὰρ γυμνός).  He then jumped into the sea (καὶ ἔβαλεν ἑαυτὸν εἰς τὴν θάλασσαν).  John was the only Greek biblical writer who used this word διεζώσατο that means to gird around or tie around and the Greek word ἐπενδύτην that means an outer tunic, a coat, or outer wrap.  It is interesting to note that it was this disciple whom Jesus loved who was the first to recognize Jesus.  The question could be asked whether this lack of knowledge was due to distance, darkness, or dullness?  Peter somehow put on clothes to jump into the sea.  Apparently, he was working in the fishing boat with little or no clothes.  Most people would do the opposite, that is take off clothes to jump into the water.  That did not make much sense.  Perhaps, he had a special bathing suit, but the text seems to indicate some kind of outer garment.  What kind of clothes do you wear when you are fishing?

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