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John 16 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:1 - “I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:2 - They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:3 - And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:4 - But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you. “I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you.

The Work of the Holy Spirit

Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:5 - But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:6 - But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:7 - Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:8 - And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment:
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:9 - concerning sin, because they do not believe in me;
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:10 - concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer;
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:11 - concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:12 - “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:13 - When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:14 - He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:15 - All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

Your Sorrow Will Turn into Joy

Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:16 - “A little while, and you will see me no longer; and again a little while, and you will see me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:17 - So some of his disciples said to one another, “What is this that he says to us, ‘A little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’; and, ‘because I am going to the Father’?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:18 - So they were saying, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We do not know what he is talking about.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:19 - Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, “Is this what you are asking yourselves, what I meant by saying, ‘A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me’?
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:20 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:21 - When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:22 - So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:23 - In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:24 - Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

I Have Overcome the World

Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:25 - “I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures of speech but will tell you plainly about the Father.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:26 - In that day you will ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf;
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:27 - for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:28 - I came from the Father and have come into the world, and now I am leaving the world and going to the Father.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:29 - His disciples said, “Ah, now you are speaking plainly and not using figurative speech!
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:30 - Now we know that you know all things and do not need anyone to question you; this is why we believe that you came from God.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:31 - Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe?
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:32 - Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:33 - I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
ESV Footnotes
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