New International Version
Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, "Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, 'In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me'?
King James Bible
Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye inquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me?
Darby Bible Translation
Jesus knew therefore that they desired to demand of him, and said to them, Do ye inquire of this among yourselves that I said, A little while and ye do not behold me; and again a little while and ye shall see me?
World English Bible
Therefore Jesus perceived that they wanted to ask him, and he said to them, "Do you inquire among yourselves concerning this, that I said, 'A little while, and you won't see me, and again a little while, and you will see me?'
Young's Literal Translation
Jesus, therefore, knew that they were wishing to ask him, and he said to them, 'Concerning this do ye seek one with another, because I said, A little while, and you do not behold me, and again a little while, and ye shall see me?
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
What is this that he saith - They knew from what he had said that he was to die, but knew not what he meant by their seeing him again in a little time.
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Eversley, third Sunday after Easter. 1862. St John xvi. 16. "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." Divines differ, and, perhaps, have always differed, about the meaning of these words. Some think that our Lord speaks in them of His death and resurrection. Others that He speaks of His ascension and coming again in glory. I cannot decide which is right. I dare not decide. It is a very solemn thing--too solemn …
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Why Christ Speaks
But they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it.
Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, "Does this offend you?
They kept asking, "What does he mean by 'a little while'? We don't understand what he is saying."
In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.
In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf.
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