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John 16 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:1 - “I have told you these things so that you won’t abandon your faith.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:2 - For you will be expelled from the synagogues, and the time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing a holy service for God.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:3 - This is because they have never known the Father or me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:4 - Yes, I’m telling you these things now, so that when they happen, you will remember my warning. I didn’t tell you earlier because I was going to be with you for a while longer.
The Work of the Holy Spirit
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:5 - “But now I am going away to the one who sent me, and not one of you is asking where I am going.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:6 - Instead, you grieve because of what I’ve told you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:7 - But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate[fn] won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:8 - And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:9 - The world’s sin is that it refuses to believe in me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:10 - Righteousness is available because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:11 - Judgment will come because the ruler of this world has already been judged.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:12 - “There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:13 - When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:14 - He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:15 - All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me.’
Sadness Will Be Turned to Joy
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:16 - “In a little while you won’t see me anymore. But a little while after that, you will see me again.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:17 - Some of the disciples asked each other, “What does he mean when he says, ‘In a little while you won’t see me, but then you will see me,’ and ‘I am going to the Father’?
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:18 - And what does he mean by ‘a little while’? We don’t understand.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:19 - Jesus realized they wanted to ask him about it, so he said, “Are you asking yourselves what I meant? I said in a little while you won’t see me, but a little while after that you will see me again.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:20 - I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn over what is going to happen to me, but the world will rejoice. You will grieve, but your grief will suddenly turn to wonderful joy.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:21 - It will be like a woman suffering the pains of labor. When her child is born, her anguish gives way to joy because she has brought a new baby into the world.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:22 - So you have sorrow now, but I will see you again; then you will rejoice, and no one can rob you of that joy.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:23 - At that time you won’t need to ask me for anything. I tell you the truth, you will ask the Father directly, and he will grant your request because you use my name.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:24 - You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:25 - “I have spoken of these matters in figures of speech, but soon I will stop speaking figuratively and will tell you plainly all about the Father.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:26 - Then you will ask in my name. I’m not saying I will ask the Father on your behalf,
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:27 - for the Father himself loves you dearly because you love me and believe that I came from God.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:28 - Yes, I came from the Father into the world, and now I will leave the world and return to the Father.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:29 - Then his disciples said, “At last you are speaking plainly and not figuratively.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:30 - Now we understand that you know everything, and there’s no need to question you. From this we believe that you came from God.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:31 - Jesus asked, “Do you finally believe?
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:32 - But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when you will be scattered, each one going his own way, leaving me alone. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 16:33 - I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
NLT Footnotes
Or Comforter, or Encourager, or Counselor. Greek reads Paraclete.
Some manuscripts read from the Father.

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