John 16:9
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New International Version
about sin, because people do not believe in me;

King James Bible
Of sin, because they believe not on me;

Darby Bible Translation
of sin, because they do not believe on me;

World English Bible
about sin, because they don't believe in me;

Young's Literal Translation
concerning sin indeed, because they do not believe in me;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Of sin - Of the sin of the Jews in not receiving me as the Messiah, though my mission was accredited by the very miracles which the prophets foretold: see Isaiah 35:3-6. This was literally fulfilled on the day of pentecost, when the Spirit was given; for multitudes of Jews were then convinced of this sin, and converted to God. See Acts 2:37.

If we take this prediction of our Lord in a more general sense, then we may consider that it is one of the grand offices of the Holy Spirit to convince of sin, to show men what sin is, to demonstrate to them that they are sinners, and to show the necessity of an atonement for sin; and in this sense the phrase, περι ἁμαρτιας, may be understood, and in this sense it is used in multitudes of places in the Septuagint, but the words, because they believe not in me, restrict the meaning particularly to the sin of the Jews in rejecting Jesus as the Messiah.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 3:18-21 He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already...

John 5:40-44 And you will not come to me, that you might have life...

John 8:23,24,42-47 And he said to them, You are from beneath; I am from above: you are of this world; I am not of this world...

John 12:47,48 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world...

John 15:22-25 If I had not come and spoken to them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin...

Mark 16:16 He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believes not shall be damned.

Acts 2:22-38 You men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs...

Acts 3:14-19 But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted to you...

Acts 7:51-54 You stiff necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do you...

Acts 26:9,10 I truly thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth...

Romans 3:19,20 Now we know that what things soever the law said, it said to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped...

Romans 7:9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.

1 Thessalonians 2:15,16 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men...

1 Timothy 1:13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

Hebrews 3:12 Take heed, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

Hebrews 10:28,29 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses...

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 15:22
If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin.

John 15:24
If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father.

John 16:8
When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment:

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