16:1 “I have told you all these things so that you will not fall away.1 16:2 They will put you out of2 the synagogue,3 yet a time4 is coming when the one who kills you will think he is offering service to God.5 16:3 They6 will do these things because they have not known the Father or me.7 16:4 But I have told you these things8 so that when their time9 comes, you will remember that I told you about them.10
“I did not tell you these things from the beginning because I was with you.11 16:5 But now I am going to the one who sent me,12 and not one of you is asking me, ‘Where are you going?’13 16:6 Instead your hearts are filled with sadness14 because I have said these things to you. 16:7 But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I am going away. For if I do not go away, the Advocate15 will not come to you, but if I go, I will send him to you. 16:8 And when he16 comes, he will prove the world wrong17 concerning sin and18 righteousness and19 judgment – 16:9 concerning sin, because20 they do not believe in me;21 16:10 concerning righteousness,22 because23 I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; 16:11 and concerning judgment,24 because25 the ruler of this world26 has been condemned.27
16:12 “I have many more things to say to you,28 but you cannot bear29 them now. 16:13 But when he,30 the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide31 you into all truth.32 For he will not speak on his own authority,33 but will speak whatever he hears, and will tell you34 what is to come.35 16:14 He36 will glorify me,37 because he will receive38 from me what is mine39 and will tell it to you.40 16:15 Everything that the Father has is mine; that is why I said the Spirit41 will receive from me what is mine42 and will tell it to you.43 16:16 In a little while you44 will see me no longer; again after a little while, you45 will see me.”46
16:17 Then some of his disciples said to one another, “What is the meaning of what he is saying,47 ‘In a little while you48 will not see me; again after a little while, you49 will see me,’ and, ‘because I am going to the Father’?”50 16:18 So they kept on repeating,51 “What is the meaning of what he says,52 ‘In a little while’?53 We do not understand54 what he is talking about.”55
16:19 Jesus could see56 that they wanted to ask him about these things,57 so58 he said to them, “Are you asking59 each other about this – that I said, ‘In a little while you60 will not see me; again after a little while, you61 will see me’? 16:20 I tell you the solemn truth,62 you will weep63 and wail,64 but the world will rejoice; you will be sad,65 but your sadness will turn into66 joy. 16:21 When a woman gives birth, she has distress67 because her time68 has come, but when her child is born, she no longer remembers the suffering because of her joy that a human being69 has been born into the world.70 16:22 So also you have sorrow71 now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.72 16:23 At that time73 you will ask me nothing. I tell you the solemn truth,74 whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.75 16:24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive it,76 so that your joy may be complete.
16:25 “I have told you these things in obscure figures of speech;77 a time78 is coming when I will no longer speak to you in obscure figures, but will tell you79 plainly80 about the Father. 16:26 At that time81 you will ask in my name, and I do not say82 that I will ask the Father on your behalf. 16:27 For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.83 16:28 I came from the Father and entered into the world, but in turn,84 I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”85
16:29 His disciples said, “Look, now you are speaking plainly86 and not in obscure figures of speech!87 16:30 Now we know that you know everything88 and do not need anyone89 to ask you anything.90 Because of this91 we believe that you have come from God.”
16:31 Jesus replied,92 “Do you now believe? 16:32 Look, a time93 is coming – and has come – when you will be scattered, each one to his own home,94 and I will be left alone.95 Yet96 I am not alone, because my Father97 is with me. 16:33 I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble and suffering,98 but take courage99 – I have conquered the world.”100