John 16:16
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.”

Berean Study Bible
In a little while you will see Me no more, and then after a little while you will see Me.”

Berean Literal Bible
A little while and you behold 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.

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

Contemporary English Version
Jesus told his disciples, "For a little while you won't see me, but after a while you will see me."

Good News Translation
"In a little while you will not see me any more, and then a little while later you will see me."

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."

New Heart English Bible
A little while, and you will no longer see me. Again a little while, and 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."

New American Standard 1977
“A little while, and you will no longer behold Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me.”

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.'
Study Bible
The Promise of the Holy Spirit
15Everything that belongs to the Father is Mine. That is why I said that the Spirit will take from what is Mine and disclose it to you. 16In a little while you will see Me no more, and then after a little while you will see Me.” 17Then some of His disciples asked one another, “Why is He telling us, ‘In a little while you will not see Me, and then after a little while you will see Me’ and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?”…
Cross References
John 7:33
So Jesus said, "I am with you only a little while longer, 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
In a little while, the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you also will live.

John 16:17
Then some of His disciples asked one another, "Why is He telling us, 'In a little while you will not see Me, and then after a little while 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 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.

A.

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

John 7:33
Then said Jesus unto them, Yet a little while am I with you, and then I go unto him that sent me.

John 12:35
Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.

a little while.

John 20:19-29
Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you…

John 21:1-23
After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he himself

Acts 1:3
To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:

because.

John 16:28
I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.

John 13:3
Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;

John 17:5,13
And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was…







Lexicon
In a little [while]
Μικρὸν (Mikron)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3398: Little, small. Including the comparative mikroteros apparently a primary word; small (figuratively) dignity).

you will see
θεωρεῖτέ (theōreite)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 2334: From a derivative of theaomai; to be a spectator of, i.e. Discern, (experience) or intensively (acknowledge).

Me
με (me)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

no more,
οὐκέτι (ouketi)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3765: No longer, no more. Also ouk eti from ou and eti; not yet, no longer.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

then
πάλιν (palin)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3825: Probably from the same as pale; anew, i.e. back, once more, or furthermore or on the other hand.

after a little [while]
μικρὸν (mikron)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3398: Little, small. Including the comparative mikroteros apparently a primary word; small (figuratively) dignity).

you will see
ὄψεσθέ (opsesthe)
Verb - Future Indicative Middle - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 3708: Properly, to stare at, i.e. to discern clearly; by extension, to attend to; by Hebraism, to experience; passively, to appear.

Me.”
με (me)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.
(16) A little while, and ye shall not see me.--The better reading is, A little while, and ye no longer behold Me. For the sense, comp. Notes on John 14:18-19. The time here referred to is that between the moment of His speaking to them and His death.

And again, a little while, and ye shall see me.--The time here referred to is the interval between His death and the Day of Pentecost. That the vision is to be understood of our Lord's presence in the person of the Paraclete (John 14:18-19), is confirmed by John 16:23. Note that in this clause the verb ("see") is different from that in the preceding clause ("behold"). The latter refers rather to the physical, and the former to the spiritual, vision. (Comp. John 20:6-8.)

Because I go to the Father.--The majority of the better MSS. omit these words at this place. They have probably been inserted here from the end of the next verse. (Comp. Note there.)

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. 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?
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