John 16:12
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New International Version
"I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.

New Living Translation
"There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can't bear it now.

English Standard Version
“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.

New American Standard Bible
"I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"I still have many things to tell you, but you can't bear them now.

International Standard Version
"I still have a lot to say to you, but you cannot bear it now.

NET Bible
"I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“I have much to say to you, but you are not able to grasp it now.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"I have a lot more to tell you, but that would be too much for you now.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

King James 2000 Bible
I have yet many things to say unto you, but you cannot bear them now.

American King James Version
I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
I have yet many things to say to you: but you cannot bear them now.

Darby Bible Translation
I have yet many things to say to you, but ye cannot bear them now.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
I have yet many things to say to you, but ye cannot bear them now.

Weymouth New Testament
"I have much more to say to you, but you are unable at present to bear the burden of it.

World English Bible
"I have yet many things to tell you, but you can't bear them now.

Young's Literal Translation
I have yet many things to say to you, but ye are not able to bear them now;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

16:7-15 Christ's departure was necessary to the Comforter's coming. Sending the Spirit was to be the fruit of Christ's death, which was his going away. His bodily presence could be only in one place at one time, but his Spirit is every where, in all places, at all times, wherever two or three are gathered together in his name. See here the office of the Spirit, first to reprove, or to convince. Convincing work is the Spirit's work; he can do it effectually, and none but he. It is the method the Holy Spirit takes, first to convince, and then to comfort. The Spirit shall convince the world, of sin; not merely tell them of it. The Spirit convinces of the fact of sin; of the fault of sin; of the folly of sin; of the filth of sin, that by it we are become hateful to God; of the fountain of sin, the corrupt nature; and lastly, of the fruit of sin, that the end thereof is death. The Holy Spirit proves that all the world is guilty before God. He convinces the world of righteousness; that Jesus of Nazareth was Christ the righteous. Also, of Christ's righteousness, imparted to us for justification and salvation. He will show them where it is to be had, and how they may be accepted as righteous in God's sight. Christ's ascension proves the ransom was accepted, and the righteousness finished, through which believers were to be justified. Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. All will be well, when his power is broken, who made all the mischief. As Satan is subdued by Christ, this gives us confidence, for no other power can stand before him. And of the day of judgment. The coming of the Spirit would be of unspeakable advantage to the disciples. The Holy Spirit is our Guide, not only to show us the way, but to go with us by continued aids and influences. To be led into a truth is more than barely to know it; it is not only to have the notion of it in our heads, but the relish, and savour, and power of it in our hearts. He shall teach all truth, and keep back nothing profitable, for he will show things to come. All the gifts and graces of the Spirit, all the preaching, and all the writing of the apostles, under the influence of the Spirit, all the tongues, and miracles, were to glorify Christ. It behoves every one to ask, whether the Holy Spirit has begun a good work in his heart? Without clear discovery of our guilt and danger, we never shall understand the value of Christ's salvation; but when brought to know ourselves aright, we begin to see the value of the Redeemer. We should have fuller views of the Redeemer, and more lively affections to him, if we more prayed for, and depended on the Holy Spirit.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 12-15. - (b) The power of the Paraclete on the disciples themselves. From the twelfth to the fifteenth verse the relation of the Paraclete to the disciples themselves makes yet more evident the expediency of the glorification of the Son of man, and demonstrates the authority of the apostolic teaching. Verse 12. - Notwithstanding the abundance of the revelations which Christ had given, still, said he, I have many things yet to tell you, but ye cannot bear them now (ἄρτι); i.e. at this epoch of your training. Christ (John 14:18, etc., in a passage which he proceeds to enlarge and deepen) has already said that the coming to them of the Paraclete would be one method of his own Divine approach to them for purposes of consolation and instruction; consequently he does not now allow them to suppose that, though separated from them by death, he would ever cease to instruct them. They could not in their present condition, and before the great events should have happened - events on which so much revealing fact would turn - bear the revelation of these "many things." Pentecost will enable them to appreciate the full mystery of love. The word used for "bear" is that which is used (John 19:17) to describe the bearing of the cross by Christ himself. Some have found in these "many things" new articles of doctrine which have been preserved by tradition; and others, a development of truths already presented in germ; and others, again, much of the future order of the world and the Church, such as gradually evolved itself to the vision and insight and spiritual wisdom of apostolic men. But they could not, on the eve of the Passion, have borne the full mystery of the atonement, or sufficiently have comprehended the glory of the enthroned King.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

I have yet many things to say unto you,.... Not with respect to the main doctrines of the Gospel, for everything of this kind he had made known unto them, John 15:15; but what regarded the rejection of the Jews, and the calling of the Gentiles, the abrogation of the Mosaic economy, and settling the Gospel church state, which were to come to pass after the death and resurrection of Christ, and the sending of the Spirit:

but ye cannot bear them now; because of their prejudices in favour of their own nation, the law of Moses, and the ceremonies of it, and the setting up of a temporal kingdom.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12-15. when he, the Spirit of truth, is come … he shall not speak of himself—that is, from Himself, but, like Christ Himself, "what He hears," what is given Him to communicate.

he will show you things to come—referring specially to those revelations which, in the Epistles partially, but most fully in the Apocalypse, open up a vista into the Future of the Kingdom of God, whose horizon is the everlasting hills.

John 16:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Holy Spirit Promised
11and concerning 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 now. 13"But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.…
Cross References
John 15:15
I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

John 16:11
and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

John 16:13
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.

1 Corinthians 3:2
I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready.
Treasury of Scripture

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

yet.

John 14:30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world …

John 15:15 From now on I call you not servants; for the servant knows not what …

Acts 1:3 To whom also he showed himself alive after his passion by many infallible …

ye.

Mark 4:33 And with many such parables spoke he the word to them, as they were …

1 Corinthians 3:1,2 And I, brothers, could not speak to you as to spiritual, but as to …

Hebrews 5:11-14 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing …

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