But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Sorrow hath filled your heart.—The thought of their own separation from Him, and of the dark future which lay before them, so filled their hearts that it left room for no thoughts of Him, and the brightness of the glory to which He was returning.
None of you asketh me ... - They gave themselves up to grief instead of inquiring why he was about to leave them. Had they made the inquiry, he was ready to answer them and to comfort them. When we are afflicted we should not yield ourselves to excessive grief. We should inquire why it is that God thus tries us; and we should never doubt that if we come to him, and spread out our sorrows before him, he will give us consolation.
sorrow hath filled your heart; sorrow for his absence so possessed their minds, seized on all the powers and faculties of their souls, and engrossed all their thoughts, that it never entered into the heart of any of them, to inquire about the place he was going to, or the state he should enter upon; which had they had any right notions of, would have greatly contributed to have abated their sorrow, quieted their minds, made them easy under, and reconciled them unto, his departure from them.But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)6. I have said] Better, I have spoken as in John 16:1. A similar correction is needed in John 16:4 for ‘have I told:’ it is the same Greek word in all three cases, and means ‘to speak,’ not ‘to say’ or ‘to tell.’
sorrow hath filled] So that there is no room for thoughts of My glory and your future consolation.John 16:6. Ἡ λύπη) that sorrow, which already was felt by them, became increased and prevented their asking the question.—καρδίαν, heart) John 16:22, “Ye now therefore have sorrow, but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice.”
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