John 21:5

Children (Paidia). Diminutive of pai and used here alone by Jesus in addressing his disciples. It is a colloquial expression like "my boys." The aged Apostle John uses it in 1 John 2:13 1 John 2:18 . Have ye aught to eat? (mh ti prospagion ecete;). The negative answer is expected by this polite inquiry as in 1 John 4:29 . The rare and late word prospagion from the root pag (esqiw, to eat) and pro (in addition) was used for a relish with bread and then for fish as here. So in the papyri. Nowhere else in the N.T.

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