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John 16:5-7 New English Translation (NET Bible)

But now I am going to the one who sent me,[a] and not one of you is asking me, ‘Where are you going?’[b] Instead your hearts are filled with sadness[c] because I have said these things to you. But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I am going away. For if I do not go away, the Advocate[d] will not come to you, but if I go, I will send him to you.

Footnotes:

  1. John 16:5 sn Now the theme of Jesus’ impending departure is resumed (I am going to the one who sent me). It will also be mentioned in 16:10, 17, and 28. Jesus had said to his opponents in 7:33 that he was going to the one who sent him; in 13:33 he had spoken of going where the disciples could not come. At that point Peter had inquired where he was going, but it appears that Peter did not understand Jesus’ reply at that time and did not persist in further questioning. In 14:5 Thomas had asked Jesus where he was going.
  2. John 16:5 sn Now none of the disciples asks Jesus where he is going, and the reason is given in the following verse: They have been overcome with sadness as a result of the predictions of coming persecution that Jesus has just spoken to them in 15:18-25 and 16:1-4a. Their shock at Jesus’ revelation of coming persecution is so great that none of them thinks to ask him where it is that he is going.
  3. John 16:6 tn Or “distress” or “grief.”
  4. John 16:7 tn Or “Helper” or “Counselor”; Grk “Paraclete,” from the Greek word παράκλητος (paraklētos). See the note on the word “Advocate” in John 14:16 for a discussion of how this word is translated.
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