John 16:18
New International Version
They kept asking, "What does he mean by 'a little while'? We don't understand what he is saying."

New Living Translation
And what does he mean by ‘a little while’? We don’t understand.”

English Standard Version
So they were saying, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We do not know what he is talking about.”

Berean Study Bible
They kept asking, “Why is He saying, ‘a little while’? We do not understand what He is saying.”

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore they were saying, "What is this that He says, 'a little while'? We do not know what He is saying."

King James Bible
They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? we cannot tell what he saith.

New King James Version
They said therefore, “What is this that He says, ‘A little while’? We do not know what He is saying.”

New American Standard Bible
So they were saying, “What is this that He says, ‘A little while’? We do not know what He is talking about.

NASB 1995
So they were saying, "What is this that He says, 'A little while '? We do not know what He is talking about."

NASB 1977
And so they were saying, “What is this that He says, ‘A little while’? We do not know what He is talking about.”

Amplified Bible
So they were saying, “What does He mean when He says, ‘A little while’? We do not know what He is talking about.”

Christian Standard Bible
They said, “What is this he is saying, ‘In a little while’? We don’t know what he’s talking about.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They said, "What is this He is saying, 'A little while? We don't know what He's talking about!"

American Standard Version
They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? We know not what he saith.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they were saying, “What is this, 'A little while', that he says? We do know not what he is uttering.”

Contemporary English Version
What is this 'little while' that he is talking about? We don't know what he means."

Douay-Rheims Bible
They said therefore: What is this that he saith, A little while? we know not what he speaketh.

English Revised Version
They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? We know not what he saith.

Good News Translation
What does this 'a little while' mean? We don't know what he is talking about!"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So they were asking each other, "What does he mean when he says, 'In a little while'? We don't understand what he's talking about."

International Standard Version
They kept saying, "What is this 'in a little while' that he keeps talking about? We don't know what he means."

Literal Standard Version
They said then, “What is this He says—the little while? We have not known what He says.”

NET Bible
So they kept on repeating, "What is the meaning of what he says, 'In a little while'? We do not understand what he is talking about."

New Heart English Bible
They said therefore, "What is this that he says, 'A little while?' We do not know what he is saying."

Weymouth New Testament
So they asked one another repeatedly, "What can that 'little while' mean which He speaks of? We do not understand His words."

World English Bible
They said therefore, "What is this that he says, 'A little while?' We don't know what he is saying."

Young's Literal Translation
they said then, 'What is this he saith -- the little while? we have not known what he saith.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Grief to Joy
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’?” 18 They kept asking, “Why is He saying, ‘a little while’? We do not understand what He is saying.” 19Aware that they wanted to question Him, Jesus said to them, “Are you asking one another why I said, ‘In a little while you will not see Me, and then after a little while you will see Me’?…

Cross References
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 16:19
Aware that they wanted to question Him, Jesus said to them, "Are you asking one another why I said, 'In a little while you will not see Me, and then after a little while you will see Me'?


Treasury of Scripture

They said therefore, What is this that he said, A little while? we cannot tell what he said.

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Matthew 16:9-11
Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? …

Luke 24:25
Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:

Hebrews 5:12
For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.









Verse 18. - They said, What is this little while whereof he speaketh? (λέγει; Vulgate, dicit). (The R.T. and Westcott and Hort invert the τοῦτο and τί, and thus greatly increase the simplicity of the passage.) What are these two short periods of which he speaks, so full of mysterious significance? We know not what he saith (λαλεῖ; Vulgate, loquitur). We do not apprehend the wonderful interchange of vision and blank darkness - of presence and absence and presence again!

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
They kept asking,
ἔλεγον (elegon)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

“Why
τί (ti)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's 5101: Who, which, what, why. Probably emphatic of tis; an interrogative pronoun, who, which or what.

is
ἐστιν (estin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

He saying,
λέγει (legei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 3004: (a) I say, speak; I mean, mention, tell, (b) I call, name, especially in the pass., (c) I tell, command.

‘a
Τὸ (To)
Article - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

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

We do not understand
οἴδαμεν (oidamen)
Verb - Perfect Indicative Active - 1st Person Plural
Strong's 1492: To know, remember, appreciate.

what
τί (ti)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's 5101: Who, which, what, why. Probably emphatic of tis; an interrogative pronoun, who, which or what.

He is saying.”
λαλεῖ (lalei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 2980: A prolonged form of an otherwise obsolete verb; to talk, i.e. Utter words.


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