New International Version
They kept asking, "What does he mean by 'a little while'? We don't understand what he is saying."
King James Bible
They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? we cannot tell what he saith.
Darby Bible Translation
They said therefore, What is this which he says [of] the little while? We do not know [of] what he speaks.
World English Bible
They said therefore, "What is this that he says, 'A little while?' We don't know what he is saying."
Young's Literal Translation
they said then, 'What is this he saith -- the little while? we have not known what he saith.'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
What is this that he saith - They knew from what he had said that he was to die, but knew not what he meant by their seeing him again in a little time.
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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 …
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Why Christ Speaks
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'?"
Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, "Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, 'In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me'?
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