New International Version
Then Jesus' disciples said, "Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech.
King James Bible
His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb.
Darby Bible Translation
His disciples say to him, Lo, now thou speakest openly and utterest no allegory.
World English Bible
His disciples said to him, "Behold, now you speak plainly, and speak no figures of speech.
Young's Literal Translation
His disciples say to him, 'Lo, now freely thou dost speak, and no similitude speakest thou;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Lo, now speakest thou plainly - The disciples received more light now, on the nature of Christ's person and office, than they had ever done before.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
proverb. or, parable.
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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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Peace and victory
Why Christ Speaks
Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable.
He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.
"Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father.
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