John 16:16
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New International Version
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."

New Living Translation
"In a little while you won't see me anymore. But a little while after that, you will see me again."

English Standard Version
“A little while, and you will see me no longer; and again a little while, and you will see me.”

New American Standard Bible
"A little while, and you will no longer see Me; 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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"A little while and you will no longer see Me; again a little while and you will see Me."

International Standard Version
In a little while you will no longer see me, then in a little while you will see me again."

NET Bible
In a little while you will see me no longer; again after a little while, you will see me."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“A little while and you will not see me; again a little while and you will see me because I am going to the presence of The Father.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"In a little while you won't see me anymore. Then in a little while you will see me again."

Jubilee Bible 2000
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.

King James 2000 Bible
A little while, and you shall not see me: and again, a little while, and you shall see me, because I go to the Father.

American King James Version
A little while, and you shall not see me: and again, a little while, and you 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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A little while, and now you shall not see me; and again a little while, and you shall see me: because I go to the Father.

Darby Bible Translation
A little while and ye do not behold me; and again a little while and ye shall see me, [because I go away to the Father].

English Revised Version
A little while, and ye behold me no more; and again a little while, and ye shall see me.

Webster's Bible Translation
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.

Weymouth New Testament
"A little while and you see me no more, and again a little while and you shall see me."

World English Bible
A little while, and you will not see me. Again a little while, and you will 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.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

16:16-22 It is good to consider how near our seasons of grace are to an end, that we may be quickened to improve them. But the sorrows of the disciples would soon be turned into joy; as those of a mother, at the sight of her infant. The Holy Spirit would be their Comforter, and neither men nor devils, neither sufferings in life nor in death, would ever deprive them of their joy. Believers have joy or sorrow, according to their sight of Christ, and the tokens of his presence. Sorrow is coming on the ungodly, which nothing can lessen; the believer is an heir to joy which no one can take away. Where now is the joy of the murderers of our Lord, and the sorrow of his friends?

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 16-24. - (c) The sorrow turned into joy. In these verses he approaches the final farewell, in which the whole body of the disciples are introduced as inwardly or among themselves perturbed by the special difficulty of the words. Before the Spirit can do all this, a separation must be experienced. Verse 16. - A little while. A phrase repeated seven times in this brief passage, emphatically encouraging his own disciples to rise above the limitations of time, and enjoy the habits of eternity. Ye behold me no more. The first puzzle of this utterance lies in this - that (John 14:19) he had told them that, though the world would see him no more, they would behold him in the power of the Spirit, and that they would moreover have adequate preparation for such spiritual beholding in the resurrection; yet now he says, "Ye behold me no more." True, he has associated this phrase already, in Ver. 10, with the conviction of the world touching true righteousness and his "going to the Father," so that henceforth he would be hidden in God; but now he increases the perplexity by adding, And again, a little while, and ye shall see me. The commentators differ greatly as to the reference, but (with Hengstenberg, Weiss, Stier, Westcott, Ebrard, Ewald) the most obvious explanation is that he is referring to the resurrection, which in itself would be in part a glorification of Christ, and which, from its entire method of manifestation to them, would prove a preparation for the spiritual sense of his continual presence. This was perfected at Pentecost, and will be completed when he shall come again in his glory.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

A little while and ye shall not see me,.... Meaning, that he should be quickly taken from them by death. And in a very little time after this, having put up a prayer for them, recorded in the next chapter, he went into the garden, where he was met by Judas with his band of men, who laid hold on him, bound him, and led him first to Annas, then to Caiaphas, and from him to Pilate, when all the disciples forsook him and fled, and saw him no more in this mortal state, except Peter and John. He took his trial, was soon condemned, and crucified, and laid in the dark tomb, and silent grave, where, for a while, he was out of sight.

And again, a little while and ye shall see me; referring either to his rising again the third day from his death, as was prophesied of, Hosea 6:2; and was typified by Jonah's lying three days and three nights in the whale's belly, when he appeared to, and was seen by his disciples, to their great joy; or else to the short time in which he was to be, and was seen by them; namely, forty days between his resurrection and ascension; a longer stay it was not necessary he should make, for he had other work to do, for himself and them:

because I go to the Father; to give an account of the work he had finished on earth; to carry in his blood, righteousness, and sacrifice; to present himself to his Father on behalf of his people; to appear in the presence of God for them; to be their advocate, plead their cause, and make intercession for them, and take possession of heaven in their name; to take his place at the right hand of God in their nature; to receive a kingdom for himself, and then return.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16-22. 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—The joy of the world at their not seeing Him seems to show that His removal from them by death was what He meant; and in that case, their joy at again seeing Him points to their transport at His reappearance amongst them on His Resurrection, when they could no longer doubt His identity. At the same time the sorrow of the widowed Church in the absence of her Lord in the heavens, and her transport at His personal return, are certainly here expressed.

John 16:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Holy Spirit Promised
15"All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you. 16"A little while, and you will no longer see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me."
Cross References
John 7:33
Jesus said, "I am with you for only a short time, and then I am going to the one who sent me.

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

John 14:19
Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.

John 16:17
At this, some of his disciples said to one another, "What does he mean by saying, 'In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me,' and 'Because I am going to the Father'?"

John 16:22
So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.
Treasury of Scripture

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

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John 16:5,10,17-19 But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asks me, …

John 7:33 Then said Jesus to them, Yet a little while am I with you, and then …

John 12:35 Then Jesus said to them, Yet a little while is the light with you. …

John 13:33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You shall seek …

John 14:19 Yet a little while, and the world sees me no more; but you see me: …

a little while.

John 20:19-29 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week…

John 21:1-23 After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples at …

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

Acts 10:40,41 Him God raised up the third day, and showed him openly…

1 Corinthians 15:5-9 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve…

because.

John 16:28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, …

John 13:3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, …

John 17:5,13 And now, O Father, glorify you me with your own self with the glory …

Mark 16:19 So then after the Lord had spoken to them, he was received up into …

Hebrews 12:2 Looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the …

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