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John 16 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:1 - “All this I have told you so that you will not fall away.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:2 - They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:3 - They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:4 - I have told you this, so that when their time comes you will remember that I warned you about them. I did not tell you this from the beginning because I was with you,
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:5 - but now I am going to him who sent me. None of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:6 - Rather, you are filled with grief because I have said these things.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:7 - But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:8 - When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment:
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:9 - about sin, because people do not believe in me;
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:10 - about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer;
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:11 - and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:12 - “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:13 - But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:14 - He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:15 - All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”

The Disciples’ Grief Will Turn to Joy

Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:16 - 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:17 - At this, some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me,’ and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:18 - They kept asking, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We don’t understand what he is saying.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:19 - 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’?
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:20 - Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:21 - A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:22 - So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:23 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:24 - Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:25 - “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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:26 - In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:27 - No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:28 - I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:29 - Then Jesus’ disciples said, “Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:30 - Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:31 - “Do you now believe?” Jesus replied.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:32 - “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:33 - “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

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