John 16:16-33 (Bible in Basic English)

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16 After a little time you will see me no longer; and then again, after a little time, you will see me. 17 So some of the disciples said one to another, What is this he is saying, After a little time, you will see me no longer; and then again, after a little time, you will see me? and, I am going to the Father? 18 So they said again and again, What is this he is saying, A little time? His words are not clear to us. 19 Jesus saw that they had a desire to put the question to him, so he said to them, Is this what you are questioning one with another, why I said, After a little time, you will see me no longer; and then again, after a little time, you will see me? 20 Truly I say to you, You will be weeping and sorrowing, but the world will be glad: you will be sad, but your sorrow will be turned into joy. 21 When a woman is about to give birth she has sorrow, because her hour is come; but when she has given birth to the child, the pain is put out of her mind by the joy that a man has come into the world. 22 So you have sorrow now: but I will see you again, and your hearts will be glad, and no one will take away your joy. 23 And on that day you will put no questions to me. Truly I say to you, Whatever request you make to the Father, he will give it to you in my name. 24 Up to now you have made no request in my name: do so, and it will be answered, so that your hearts may be full of joy. 25 All this I have said to you in veiled language: but the time is coming when I will no longer say things in veiled language but will give you knowledge of the Father clearly. 26 In that day you will make requests in my name: and I do not say that I will make prayer to the Father for you, 27 For the Father himself gives his love to you, because you have given your love to me and have had faith that I came from God. 28 I came out from the Father and have come into the world: again, I go away from the world and go to the Father. 29 His disciples said, Now you are talking clearly and not in veiled language. 30 Now we are certain that you have knowledge of all things and have no need for anyone to put questions to you: through this we have faith that you came from God. 31 Jesus made answer, Have you faith now? 32 See, a time is coming, yes, it is now here, when you will go away in all directions, every man to his house, and I will be by myself: but I am not by myself, because the Father is with me. 33 I have said all these things to you so that in me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble: but take heart! I have overcome the world.
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