John 16
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Jesus’ Warning

1“These things I have spoken to you so that you will not [a]be led into sin. 2They will [b]ban you from the synagogue, yet an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering a [c]service to God. 3These things they will do because they have not known the Father nor Me. 4But these things I have spoken to you, so that when their hour comes, you [d]may remember that I told you of them. However, I did not say these things to you at the beginning, because I was with you.

The Holy Spirit Promised

5“But now I am going to Him who sent Me; and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ 6But because I have said these things to you, grief has filled your heart. 7But I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I am leaving; for if I do not leave, the [e]Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. 8And He, when He comes, will convict the world regarding sin, and righteousness, and judgment: 9regarding sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10and regarding righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you no longer are going to see Me; 11and regarding judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.

12“I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them at the present time. 13But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. 14He will glorify Me, for He will take from Mine and will disclose it to you. 15All things that the Father has are Mine; this is why I said that He takes from Mine and will disclose it to you.

Jesus’ Death and Resurrection Foretold

16“A little while, and you no longer are going to see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me.” 17So some of His disciples said to one another, “What is this that He is telling us, ‘A little while, and you are not going to see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me’; and, ‘because I am going to the Father’?” 18So they were saying, “What is this that He says, ‘A little while’? We do not know what He is talking about.19Jesus knew that they wanted to question Him, and He said to them, “Are you deliberating together about this, that I said, ‘A little while, and you are not going to see Me, and again a little while, and you will see Me’? 20Truly, truly I say to you that you will weep and mourn, but the world will rejoice; you will grieve, but your grief will be turned into joy! 21Whenever a woman is in labor she has [f]pain, because her hour has come; but when she gives birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy that a [g]child has been born into the world. 22Therefore you too have grief now; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one is going to take your joy away from you.

Prayer Promises

23And on that day you will not question Me about anything. Truly, truly I say to you, if you ask the Father for anything in My name, He will give it to you. 24Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full.

25“These things I have spoken to you in figures of speech; an hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures of speech, but will tell you plainly about the Father. 26On that day you will ask in My name, and I am not saying to you that I will request of the Father on your behalf; 27for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I came forth from the Father. 28I came forth from the Father and have come into the world; again, I am leaving the world and going to the Father.”

29His disciples *said, “See, now You are speaking plainly and are not [h]using any figure of speech. 30Now we know that You know all things, and that You have no need for anyone to question You; this is why we believe that You came forth from God.” 31Jesus replied to them, “Do you now believe? 32Behold, an hour is coming, and has already come, for you to be scattered, each to his own home, and to leave Me alone; and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. 33These things I have spoken to you so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

[a] 1 Or let yourselves be led; or fall away (in apostasy)
[b] 2 Or excommunicate
[c] 2 I.e., as an act of worship
[d] 4 Or will remember them, that I told you
[e] 7 Or Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor
[f] 21 Lit grief
[g] 21 Lit human being
[h] 29 Lit saying

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