John 14:18
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New International Version
I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

New Living Translation
No, I will not abandon you as orphans--I will come to you.

English Standard Version
“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

New American Standard Bible
"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

King James Bible
I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I will not leave you as orphans; I am coming to you.

International Standard Version
I'm not going to forsake you like orphans. I will come back to you.

NET Bible
"I will not abandon you as orphans, I will come to you.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“I shall not leave you as orphans, for I shall come to you in a little while.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"I will not leave you all alone. I will come back to you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.

King James 2000 Bible
I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

American King James Version
I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

American Standard Version
I will not leave you desolate: I come unto you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I will not leave you orphans, I will come to you.

Darby Bible Translation
I will not leave you orphans, I am coming to you.

English Revised Version
I will not leave you desolate: I come unto you.

Webster's Bible Translation
I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you.

Weymouth New Testament
I will not leave you bereaved: I am coming to you.

World English Bible
I will not leave you orphans. I will come to you.

Young's Literal Translation
'I will not leave you bereaved, I come unto you;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

14:18-24 Christ promises that he would continue his care of his disciples. I will not leave you orphans, or fatherless, for though I leave you, yet I leave you this comfort, I will come to you. I will come speedily to you at my resurrection. I will come daily to you in my Spirit; in the tokens of his love, and visits of his grace. I will come certainly at the end of time. Those only that see Christ with an eye of faith, shall see him for ever: the world sees him no more till his second coming; but his disciples have communion with him in his absence. These mysteries will be fully known in heaven. It is a further act of grace, that they should know it, and have the comfort of it. Having Christ's commands, we must keep them. And having them in our heads, we must keep them in our hearts and lives. The surest evidence of our love to Christ is, obedience to the laws of Christ. There are spiritual tokens of Christ and his love given to all believers. Where sincere love to Christ is in the heart, there will be obedience. Love will be a commanding, constraining principle; and where love is, duty follows from a principle of gratitude. God will not only love obedient believers, but he will take pleasure in loving them, will rest in love to them. He will be with them as his home. These privileges are confined to those whose faith worketh by love, and whose love to Jesus leads them to keep his commandments. Such are partakers of the Holy Spirit's new-creating grace.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 18. - I will not leave you behind as orphans, bereft of my paternal guardianship. Though the disciples were his brethren, yet, as we have seen, he calls them (John 13:53) τεκνία his "little children;" and (Hebrews 2:11) the apostles reckoned him as Arthur (in 'Guinevere') does when he speaks of "our fair Father Christ." His departure might be the signal for the most utter sense of desertion, exposure, and peril; and even the promise of another Advocatus would hardly console them before the time would arrive when he would receive them unto himself; but, says he, I am coming to you. Much unnecessary comment has here arisen as to whether this coming was the last triumphant παρουσία of which he speaks in part in Ver. 3, - this would be incompatible with the assurances that then the world would and will see him: "Every eye shall" then be prophetic and "see him," and "before him shall be gathered all nations;" or whether this coming be simply his resurrection with his transitory appearances in the flesh; for both of these representations would fail of the full consolation which would terminate their orphanhood. Surely he speaks of his own spiritual coming in the bestowment of the other Advocate, who, by being with them and in them, would prove to them, notwithstanding his own apparent departure, that he had come again in his glorious fullness of love. In the thought of the early Church the Lord was the Spirit: the glorified Lord, the Christ, who had "all power in heaven and earth," was manifested, was veritably present, in all the work of the Spirit of God in his Church. The Spirit was not only the Unity of the Father and the Son, the one Self-consciousness of both, but the one Consciousness of the Son of God and Son of man, the uniting Energy which represents the one Personality of the Christ, the Spirit-power which blends all the members of the mystical body with the Head. Throughout the Acts of the Apostles we see that all the great operations of the Holy Spirit are but the energies of the living, reigning Lord.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

I will not leave you comfortless,.... Gr. "orphans", or "fatherless". Christ stands in the relation of a Father to his people, and they are his children, his spiritual seed and offspring; and so the disciples might fear, that as Christ was going from them, they should be left as children without a father, in a very desolate and comfortless, condition: to support them against these fears, Christ promises that he would not leave them thus, at least not long:

I will come to you; in a very short time, as he did; for on the third day he rose again from the dead, and appeared to them, which filled them with great joy. So among the Jews, disciples, and the world too, are represented as fatherless, when their doctors and wise men are removed by death. Says R. Aba, (x) and so sometimes others, concerning R. Simeon ben Jochai,

"woe to the world when thou shall go out of it, woe to the generation that shall be in the world when thou shall remove from them, , "and they shall be left fatherless by thee".''

And in another place (y);

"afterwards R. Akiba went out and cried, and his eyes flowed with water, and he said, woe Rabbi, woe Rabbi, for the world is left, "fatherless by thee".''

(x) Zohar in Num fol. 96. 3. & in Lev. fol. 42. 3. & in Exod. fol. 10. 3. & 28. 3.((y) Midrash Hannealam in Zohar in Gen. fol. 65. 4.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

18-20. I will not leave you comfortless—in a bereaved and desolate condition; or (as in Margin) "orphans."

I will come to you—"I come" or "am coming" to you; that is, plainly by the Spirit, since it was to make His departure to be no bereavement.

John 14:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit
17that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. 18"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19"After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also.…
Cross References
John 14:3
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

John 14:28
"You heard me say, 'I am going away and I am coming back to you.' If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.

John 16:16
Jesus went on to say, "In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me."
Treasury of Scripture

I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

will not.

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John 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in me you might have peace. …

Psalm 23:4 Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will …

Isaiah 43:1 But now thus said the LORD that created you, O Jacob, and he that …

Isaiah 51:12 I, even I, am he that comforts you: who are you, that you should …

Isaiah 66:11-13 That you may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; …

2 Corinthians 1:2-6 Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ…

2 Thessalonians 2:16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which …

Hebrews 2:18 For in that he himself has suffered being tempted, he is able to …

comfortless. or, orphans.

Lamentations 5:3 We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows.

Hosea 14:3 Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride on horses: neither will …

will come.

John 14:3,28 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive …

Psalm 101:2 I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when will you come …

Hosea 6:3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth …

Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am …

Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatever I have commanded you: …

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