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John 16:1-33

16  “I have had this talk with you so that you may not be staggered. 2  They will excommunicate you; yes, there is coming an hour in which everybody who kills you is to think he is presenting a religious service to God. 3  And these things they will do because they have not learned to know the Father nor me. 4  But I have had this talk with you so that when the hour for them comes you may remember about them, that I told you. “But I did not tell you these things to begin with, because I was with you. 5  But now I am going to the one who sent me; and no one of you asks me ‘Where are you going?’ 6  but because I have had this talk with you grief has filled your hearts. 7  But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage to have me leave. For if I do not leave, the Spokesman will not come to you; but if I go I will send him to you. 8  And he, when he comes, will prove the case against the world as to wrong and as to right and as to judgment— 9  as to wrong because they are not believing in me, 10  and as to right because I am going to the Father and you are seeing no more of me, 11  and as to judgment because the ruler of this world has been judged. 12*  I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot carry the load now; 13*  but when he, the Spirit of Truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth, for he will not speak from himself but will speak just what he hears, and will announce to you what is coming. 14  He will glorify me, because he will draw from what is mine and announce to you. 15  Everything that the Father has is mine; that is why I said he draws from what is mine and will announce to you. 16  “A little while and you are seeing no more of me, and again a little while and you will see me.” 17  So some of his disciples said to each other “What is this he is saying to us, ‘a little while and you are not seeing anything of me, and again a little while and you will see me’ and ‘because I am going to the Father’?” 18  So they said “What is this ‘little while’ he tells about? we do not know what he is driving at.” 19  Jesus knew they were wanting to ask him, and said to them “Is it about this you are discussing with each other, that I said ‘a little while and you will not see anything of me, and again a little while and you will see me’? 20  Verily, verily I tell you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will be grieved, but your grief will become joy. 21  When a woman is giving birth she feels grief because her time has come; but when she brings forth the child she no longer remembers the distress because of her gladness that a man has been born into the world. 22  So you too now feel grief, but I will see you again and your hearts will be glad, and your gladness nobody will take away from you. 23  And on that day you will ask nothing of me; verily, verily I tell you, if you ask the Father for anything he will give it to you in my name. 24  Up to now you have not asked for anything in my name; ask and you shall receive, that your gladness may be in full measure. 25  “In this talk with you I have spoken figuratively; a time is coming when I shall no longer speak figuratively to you but shall tell you plainly about the Father. 26  On that day you will ask in my name, and I do not tell you I will solicit the Father on your behalf, 27  for the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came out from the Father’s presence. 28  I came out of the Father and have come into the world; I am leaving the world again and going to the Father’s presence.” 29  His disciples said “There, now you are talking in plain language and not using any figure. 30  Now we know that you know everything and do not need to have anybody ask you; by this we believe that you came out from God.” 31  Jesus answered “You believe now? 32  here is a moment coming, and it has come, for you to scatter to look after your own interests and leave me alone; and I am not alone, because the Father is with me. 33  I have had this talk with you so that you may have peace in me. In the world you have distress; but courage, I have defeated the world.”

Footnotes

16:12 Lit. cannot carry now
16:13 Lit. speak as much as he hears