John 16:20
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.

New Living Translation
I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn over what is going to happen to me, but the world will rejoice. You will grieve, but your grief will suddenly turn to wonderful joy.

English Standard Version
Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy.

New American Standard Bible
"Truly, truly, I say to you, that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will grieve, but your grief will be turned into joy.

King James Bible
Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"I assure you: You will weep and wail, but the world will rejoice. You will become sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn to joy.

International Standard Version
Truly, I tell all of you emphatically, you'll cry and mourn, but the world will rejoice. You'll be deeply distressed, but your pain will turn into joy.

NET Bible
I tell you the solemn truth, you will weep and wail, but the world will rejoice; you will be sad, but your sadness will turn into joy.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Timeless truth, I speak to you: you shall weep and mourn and the world will rejoice, and you will have sorrow, but your sorrow will be turned into joy.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I can guarantee this truth: You will cry because you are sad, but the world will be happy. You will feel pain, but your pain will turn to happiness.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, and the world shall rejoice; but even though ye shall be sorrowful, your sorrow shall be turned into joy.

King James 2000 Bible
Verily, verily, I say unto you, That you shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and you shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.

American King James Version
Truly, truly, I say to you, That you shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and you shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.

American Standard Version
Verily, verily, I say unto you, that ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Amen, amen I say to you, that you shall lament and weep, but the world shall rejoice; and you shall be made sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.

Darby Bible Translation
Verily, verily, I say to you, that ye shall weep and lament, ye, but the world shall rejoice; and ye will be grieved, but your grief shall be turned to joy.

English Revised Version
Verily, verily, I say unto you, that ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.

Webster's Bible Translation
Verily, verily, I say to you, that ye will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice: and ye will be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.

Weymouth New Testament
In most solemn truth I tell you that you will weep aloud and lament, but the world will be glad. You will mourn, but your grief will be turned into gladness.

World English Bible
Most certainly I tell you, that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy.

Young's Literal Translation
verily, verily, I say to you, that ye shall weep and lament, and the world will rejoice; and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow joy will become.
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

Verse 20. - There is no exact or categoric reply to the very inquiry which he has heard and cited, but there is more of prophecy and help than if he had said, "Tomorrow I die and shall be laid in the grave, and on the third day I shall rise again." He had often said this, and they refused to understand. It was not merely a resurrection of the body, but the glorification in the Father of his entire Personality, for which he wished them to be prepared. A simple restoration like that of Lazarus would not have secured him from the malice of those who sought to put Lazarus also to death. Verily, verily, I say unto you, that weep and lament you shall, and the world shall rejoice. Here is his own account of the effect upon them of that he said, "A little while," and you will behold me, as you think, no more. The world will rejoice, because to some extent it will be the world's doing, and it will fancy for a little while that it has got its way and succeeded excellently well The world will roll a stone to his sepulcher, and make it as sure as they can, sealing the stone and setting a watch. Pharisaism will exult that this demand for a higher righteousness than its own is for ever hushed; Sadduceeism will rejoice that this troublesome witness to unseen and eternal things is silenced; the hierarchy will boast that now no danger prevails of the Romans taking away their place and nation; the world will praise the deed of blood; but all this rejoicing will last "a little while." Christ reaffirms their grief, and even for "a little while" justifies it, so long as they can hear the jubilate of the world over their personal burden of unutterable sorrow. He continues: You shall be sorrowful, but in a little while your sorrow shall be (ἐγένετο εἰς, Acts 4:11; Acts 5:36) turned into joy. Clearly because "you shall see me." It cannot be said that our Lord here positively asserts his resurrection; but when we remember how "the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord," how Mary ran "with great joy to bring his disciples word," we feel that here was the simple solution of the mystery, and that our Lord's intercourse with them in his resurrection-body was the great prelibation of the method of his continuous abiding with them in the power of his Spirit and the glorification of his body - we cannot doubt that this was his meaning and the purpose of the evangelist in recording it.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Verily, verily, I say unto you,.... A strong asseveration, a way of speaking often used by him, when he solemnly affirms any thing, and would assure of the truth of it, as here:

that ye shall weep and lament; meaning at his death, when he should be removed from them, so that they should not see him; when they should be filled with inward grief on account thereof, and express it by mournful gestures, and a doleful voice; and which was fulfilled in them, Mark 16:10; and how pensive the two disciples were that were going to Emmaus, it is easy to observe from the account given of them;

but the world shall rejoice; the unbelieving Jews; and not only the common people, but the chief priests, with the Scribes and elders, mocked at him, insulted him, and triumphed over him when on the cross, being glad at heart they had got him there; imagining now, that it was all over, the day was their own, and they should be no more disturbed by Christ and his followers:

and ye shall be sorrowful; Christ repeats it again, and uses a variety of words to express the greatness of their sorrow, and the many ways in which they would signify it:

but your sorrow shall be turned into joy; as it was, when he was raised from the dead, which was so wonderful and surprising to them, that for joy they could scarce believe their own eyes; it being a mercy unexpected, though they had been told of it, and too great for them to enjoy; yea, that very thing which was the occasion of their sorrow, became the foundation of their joy; namely, the death of Christ, salvation, and all the benefits and blessings of grace coming to them in this way.



John 16:20 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Disciples' Grief will Turn to Joy
19Jesus knew that they wished to question Him, and He said to them, "Are you deliberating together about this, that I said, 'A little while, and you will not see Me, and again a little while, and you will see Me'? 20"Truly, truly, I say to you, that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will grieve, but your grief will be turned into joy. 21"Whenever a woman is in labor she has pain, because her hour has come; but when she gives birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy that a child has been born into the world.…
Cross References
Matthew 5:4
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Mark 16:10
She went and told those who had been with him and who were mourning and weeping.

Luke 23:27
A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him.

John 20:20
After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
Treasury of Scripture

Truly, truly, I say to you, That you shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and you shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.

That.

John 16:6,33 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart…

John 19:25-27 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's …

Mark 14:72 And the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word …

Mark 16:10 And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept.

Luke 22:45,62 And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he …

Luke 23:47-49 Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, …

Luke 24:17,21 And he said to them, What manner of communications are these that …

but the.

Job 20:5 That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite …

Matthew 21:38 But when the farmers saw the son, they said among themselves, This …

Matthew 27:39-44,62-66 And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads…

Mark 15:29-32 And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, …

Revelation 11:10 And they that dwell on the earth shall rejoice over them, and make …

Revelation 18:7 How much she has glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much …

your.

Psalm 30:5,11 For his anger endures but a moment; in his favor is life: weeping …

Psalm 40:1-3 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined to me, and heard my cry…

Psalm 97:11 Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.

Psalm 126:5,6 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy…

Isaiah 12:1 And in that day you shall say, O LORD, I will praise you: though …

Isaiah 25:8,9 He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away …

Isaiah 61:3 To appoint to them that mourn in Zion, to give to them beauty for …

Isaiah 66:5 Hear the word of the LORD, you that tremble at his word; Your brothers …

Jeremiah 31:9-14,25 They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them…

Matthew 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Luke 6:21 Blessed are you that hunger now: for you shall be filled. Blessed …

Acts 2:46,47 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking …

Acts 5:41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that …

Romans 5:2,3,11 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, …

2 Corinthians 6:10 As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; …

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, …

1 Thessalonians 1:6 And you became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received …

2 Thessalonians 2:16,17 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which …

James 1:2 My brothers, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations;

1 Peter 1:6-8 Wherein you greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, …

Jude 1:24 Now to him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present …

Revelation 7:14-17 And I said to him, Sir, you know. And he said to me, These are they …

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