John 16:18
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English Standard Version
So they were saying, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We do not know what he is talking about.”

King James Bible
They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? we cannot tell what he saith.

American Standard Version
They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? We know not what he saith.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They said therefore: What is this that he saith, A little while? we know not what he speaketh.

English Revised Version
They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? We know not what he saith.

Webster's Bible Translation
They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? we cannot tell what he saith.

Weymouth New Testament
So they asked one another repeatedly, "What can that 'little while' mean which He speaks of? We do not understand His words."

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Vincent's Word Studies

He saith (λαλεῖ)

Emphasizing the purport of the saying.

A little while (τὸ μικρόν)

In John 16:16, John 16:17, without the article. Here the article the or this little while defines the special point of their difficulty; this "little while" of which He speaks.

We cannot tell (οὐκ οἴδαμεν)

Rev., more simply and literally, we know not.

He saith (λαλεῖ)

Emphasizing the form of the saying.

John 16:18 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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Matthew 16:9-11 Do you not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets you took up...

Luke 24:25 Then he said to them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:

Hebrews 5:12 For when for the time you ought to be teachers...

Cross References
John 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'?"

John 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'?

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