Sorrow Will Turn to Joy

16 “A (A)little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me, (B)because I go to the Father.”

17 Then some of His disciples said among themselves, “What is this that He says to us, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me’; and, ‘because I go to the Father’?” 18 They said therefore, “What is this that He says, ‘A little while’? We do not [a]know what He is saying.”

19 Now Jesus knew that they desired to ask Him, and He said to them, “Are you inquiring among yourselves about what I said, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me’? 20 Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and (C)lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into (D)joy. 21 (E)A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. 22 Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and (F)your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.

23 “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. (G)Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, (H)that your joy may be (I)full.

Jesus Christ Has Overcome the World

25 “These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; but the time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but I will tell you (J)plainly about the Father. 26 In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you; 27 (K)for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and (L)have believed that I came forth from God. 28 (M)I came forth from the Father and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and go to the Father.”

29 His disciples said to Him, “See, now You are speaking plainly, and using no figure of speech! 30 Now we are sure that (N)You know all things, and have no need that anyone should question You. By this (O)we believe that You came forth from God.”

31 Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? 32 (P)Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, (Q)each to his [b]own, and will leave Me alone. And (R)yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. 33 These things I have spoken to you, that (S)in Me you may have peace. (T)In the world you [c]will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, (U)I have overcome the world.”

Jesus Prays for Himself

17 Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, (V)the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, (W)as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He [d]should give eternal life to as many (X)as You have given Him. And (Y)this is eternal life, that they may know You, (Z)the only true God, and Jesus Christ (AA)whom You have sent. (AB)I have glorified You on the earth. (AC)I have finished the work (AD)which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together [e]with Yourself, with the glory (AE)which I had with You before the world was.

Jesus Prays for His Disciples

(AF)“I have [f]manifested Your name to the men (AG)whom You have given Me out of the world. (AH)They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words (AI)which You have given Me; and they have received them, (AJ)and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that (AK)You sent Me.

“I pray for them. (AL)I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. 10 And all Mine are Yours, and (AM)Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. 11 (AN)Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, (AO)keep[g] through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one (AP)as We are. 12 While I was with them [h]in the world, (AQ)I kept them in [i]Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and (AR)none of them is [j]lost (AS)except the son of [k]perdition, (AT)that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them Your word; (AU)and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, (AV)just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but (AW)that You should keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 (AX)Sanctify[l] them by Your truth. (AY)Your word is truth. 18 (AZ)As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 And (BA)for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.

Jesus Prays for All Believers

20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who [m]will believe in Me through their word; 21 (BB)that they all may be one, as (BC)You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the (BD)glory which You gave Me I have given them, (BE)that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; (BF)that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

24 (BG)“Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; (BH)for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father! (BI)The world has not known You, but (BJ)I have known You; and (BK)these have known that You sent Me. 26 (BL)And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love (BM)with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”


  1. John 16:18 understand
  2. John 16:32 own things or place
  3. John 16:33 NU, M omit will
  4. John 17:2 M shall
  5. John 17:5 Lit. alongside
  6. John 17:6 revealed
  7. John 17:11 NU, M keep them through Your name which You have given Me
  8. John 17:12 NU omits in the world
  9. John 17:12 NU Your name which You gave Me. And I guarded them; (or it;)
  10. John 17:12 destroyed
  11. John 17:12 destruction
  12. John 17:17 Set them apart
  13. John 17:20 NU, M omit will

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