John 16:16-22 (New International Version)

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16 "In a little while1 you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me."2

The Disciples' Grief Will Turn to Joy

17 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,'3 and 'Because I am going to the Father'?"4 18 They kept asking, "What does he mean by 'a little while'? We don't understand what he is saying." 19 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'? 20 I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn5 while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.6 21 A woman giving birth to a child has pain7 because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. 22 So with you: Now is your time of grief,8 but I will see you again9 and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.10
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