John 16:16
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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."

King James Bible
A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.

Darby Bible Translation
A little while and ye do not behold me; and again a little while and ye shall see me, [because I go away to the Father].

World English Bible
A little while, and you will not see me. Again a little while, and you will see me."

Young's Literal Translation
a little while, and ye do not behold me, and again a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go away unto the Father.'

John 16:16 Parallel
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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

A little while - He had but a few hours to live.

And ye shall not see me - I shall be hidden from your view in the grave.

Again a little while - In three days after my death:

Ye shall see me - I will rise again, and show myself to you. Or, As I am going by my ascension to the Father, in a short time, ye shall see me personally no more; but in a little while I shall pour out my Spirit upon you, and others through your ministry; and ye shall see me virtually in the great and wonderful work which shall then take place in the hearts and lives of men.

This may also refer to his coming again to destroy the Jewish state, and also to judge the world; but how can this latter be said to be in a little while? Because a thousand years are but as a day in the sight of God: Psalm 90:4.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

A.

John 16:5,10,17-19 But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asks me, Where go you...

John 7:33 Then said Jesus to them, Yet a little while am I with you, and then I go to him that sent me.

John 12:35 Then Jesus said to them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness come on you...

John 13:33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You shall seek me: and as I said to the Jews, Where I go, you cannot come...

John 14:19 Yet a little while, and the world sees me no more; but you see me: because I live, you shall live also.

a little while.

John 20:19-29 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week...

John 21:1-23 After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise showed he himself...

Acts 1:3 To whom also he showed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days...

Acts 10:40,41 Him God raised up the third day, and showed him openly...

1 Corinthians 15:5-9 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve...

because.

John 16:28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.

John 13:3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;

John 17:5,13 And now, O Father, glorify you me with your own self with the glory which I had with you before the world was...

Mark 16:19 So then after the Lord had spoken to them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

Hebrews 12:2 Looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame...

Library
Presence in Absence
Eversley, third Sunday after Easter. 1862. St John xvi. 16. "A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father." Divines differ, and, perhaps, have always differed, about the meaning of these words. Some think that our Lord speaks in them of His death and resurrection. Others that He speaks of His ascension and coming again in glory. I cannot decide which is right. I dare not decide. It is a very solemn thing--too solemn
Charles Kingsley—All Saints' Day and Other Sermons

May 14 Morning
The fellowship of His sufferings.--PHI. 3:10. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.--In the world ye shall have tribulation.--Because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. I looked for some to take pity, but there was none.--At my
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

Peace and victory
'These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.'--JOHN xvi. 33. So end these wonderful discourses, and so ends our Lord's teaching before His passion. He gathers up in one mighty word the total intention of these sweet and deep sayings which we have so long been pondering together. He sketches in broad outline the continual characteristics of the disciples' life, and closes all with the
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture: St. John Chaps. XV to XXI

Why Christ Speaks
'These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor Me. But these things have I told you, that, when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you. But now I go My way to Him that
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture: St. John Chaps. XV to XXI

Cross References
John 7:33
Jesus said, "I am with you for only a short time, and then I am going to the one who sent me.

John 14:18
I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

John 14:19
Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.

John 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'?"

John 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.

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