New International Version
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
CommentaryClarke'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 little while.
LibraryPresence 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
Peace and victory
Why Christ Speaks
Jesus said, "I am with you for only a short time, and then I am going to the one who sent me.
I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.
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'?"
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.
Jump to PreviousLittle Time
Jump to NextLittle Time
LinksJohn 16:16 NIV
John 16:16 NLT
John 16:16 ESV
John 16:16 NASB
John 16:16 KJV
John 16:16 Bible Apps
John 16:16 Biblia Paralela
John 16:16 Chinese Bible
John 16:16 French Bible
John 16:16 German Bible
John 16:16 Commentaries
THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.