John - Chapter 16


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1 These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.

1 I have said these things to you so that you may not be in doubt.

2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.

2 They will put you out of the Synagogues: yes, the time is coming when whoever puts you to death will have the belief that he is doing God's pleasure.

3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.

3 They will do these things to you because they have not had knowledge of the Father or of me.

4 But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you.

4 I have said these things to you so that when the time comes, what I have said may come to your mind. I did not say them to you at the first, because then I was still with you.

5 But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou?

5 But now I am going to him who sent me; and not one of you says to me, Where are you going?

6 But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart.

6 But your hearts are full of sorrow because I have said these things.

7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

7 But what I am saying is true: my going is for your good: for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.

8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

8 And he, when he comes, will make the world conscious of sin, and of righteousness, and of being judged:

9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;

9 Of sin, because they have not faith in me;

10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;

10 Of righteousness, because I go to the Father and you will see me no more;

11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

11 Of being judged, because the ruler of this world has been judged.

12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

12 I have still much to say to you, but you are not strong enough for it now.

13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

13 However, when he, the Spirit of true knowledge, has come, he will be your guide into all true knowledge: for his words will not come from himself, but whatever has come to his hearing, that he will say: and he will make clear to you the things to come.

14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

14 He will give me glory, because he will take of what is mine, and make it clear to you.

15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

15 Everything which the Father has is mine: that is why I say, He will take of what is mine and will make it clear to you.

16 A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.

16 After a little time you will see me no longer; and then again, after a little time, you will see me.

17 Then said some of his disciples among themselves, What is this that he saith unto us, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me: and, Because I go to the Father?

17 So some of the disciples said one to another, What is this he is saying, After a little time, you will see me no longer; and then again, after a little time, you will see me? and, I am going to the Father?

18 They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? we cannot tell what he saith.

18 So they said again and again, What is this he is saying, A little time? His words are not clear to us.

19 Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye enquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me?

19 Jesus saw that they had a desire to put the question to him, so he said to them, Is this what you are questioning one with another, why I said, After a little time, you will see me no longer; and then again, after a little time, you will see me?

20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.

20 Truly I say to you, You will be weeping and sorrowing, but the world will be glad: you will be sad, but your sorrow will be turned into joy.

21 A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.

21 When a woman is about to give birth she has sorrow, because her hour is come; but when she has given birth to the child, the pain is put out of her mind by the joy that a man has come into the world.

22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.

22 So you have sorrow now: but I will see you again, and your hearts will be glad, and no one will take away your joy.

23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.

23 And on that day you will put no questions to me. Truly I say to you, Whatever request you make to the Father, he will give it to you in my name.

24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

24 Up to now you have made no request in my name: do so, and it will be answered, so that your hearts may be full of joy.

25 These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.

25 All this I have said to you in veiled language: but the time is coming when I will no longer say things in veiled language but will give you knowledge of the Father clearly.

26 At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you:

26 In that day you will make requests in my name: and I do not say that I will make prayer to the Father for you,

27 For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.

27 For the Father himself gives his love to you, because you have given your love to me and have had faith that I came from God.

28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.

28 I came out from the Father and have come into the world: again, I go away from the world and go to the Father.

29 His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb.

29 His disciples said, Now you are talking clearly and not in veiled language.

30 Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God.

30 Now we are certain that you have knowledge of all things and have no need for anyone to put questions to you: through this we have faith that you came from God.

31 Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe?

31 Jesus made answer, Have you faith now?

32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.

32 See, a time is coming, yes, it is now here, when you will go away in all directions, every man to his house, and I will be by myself: but I am not by myself, because the Father is with me.

33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

33 I have said all these things to you so that in me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble: but take heart! I have overcome the world.




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