Little children (teknia). Diminutive of tekna and affectionate address as Jesus turns to the effect of his going on these disciples. Only here in this Gospel, but common in I John ( 1 John 2:1 , etc.), and nowhere else in N.T. Yet a little while (eti mikron). Accusative of extent of time. See also 1 John 7:33 ; 1 John 8:21 (to which Jesus here refers); 1 John 16:16-19 . So now I say unto you (kai umin legw arti). This juncture point (arti) of time relatively to the past and the future ( 1 John 9:25 ; 1 John 16:121 John 16:31 ).