|English Standard Version (© 2001)|
"A little while, and you will see me no longer; and again a little while, and you will see me."
King James Bible
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.
American Standard Version
A little while, and ye behold me no more; and again a little while, and ye shall see me.
Young's Literal Translation
a little while, and ye do not behold me, and again a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go away unto the Father.'
John 16:16 Additional TranslationsVincent's Word Studies
Ye shall not see (οὐ θεωρεῖτε)
The present tense: "ye behold me no more." So Rev.
Ye shall see (ὄψεσθε)
A different verb for seeing is used here. For the distinction, see on John 1:18. Θεωρέω emphasizes the act of vision, ὁράω, the result. Θεωρέω denotes deliberate contemplation conjoined with mental or spiritual interest. "The vision of wondering contemplation, in which they observed little by little the outward manifestation of the Lord, was changed and transfigured into sight, in which they seized at once, intuitively, all that Christ was. As long as His earthly presence was the object on which their eyes were fixed, their view was necessarily imperfect. His glorified presence showed Him in His true nature" (Westcott).
Because I go unto the Father
The best texts omit.
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John 7:33 Jesus then said, "I will be with you a little longer, and then I am going to him who sent me.
John 14:18 "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
John 14:19 Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.
John 16:17 So some of his disciples said to one another, "What is this that he says to us, 'A little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while, and you will see me'; and, 'because I am going to the Father'?"
John 16:22 So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.