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John 21:20-25 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Correcting a False Report

20 So Peter turned around and saw the disciple Jesus loved following them. That disciple was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and asked, “Lord, who is the one that’s going to betray You?” 21 When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord—what about him?”

22 “If I want him to remain until I come,” Jesus answered, “what is that to you? As for you, follow Me.”

23 So this report[a] spread to the brothers[b] that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not tell him that he would not die, but, “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you?”


24 This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true.

25 And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which, if they were written one by one, I suppose not even the world itself could contain the books[c] that would be written.


  1. John 21:23 Lit this word
  2. John 21:23 The word brothers refers to the late first century Christian community.
  3. John 21:25 Lit scroll

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