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'?
I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn1 while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.2
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A woman giving birth to a child has pain3 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.
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So with you: Now is your time of grief,4 but I will see you again5 and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.6
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In that day7 you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.8
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Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive,9 and your joy will be complete.10
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"Though I have been speaking figuratively,11 a time is coming12 when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father.
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In that day you will ask in my name.13 I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf.
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No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me14 and have believed that I came from God.15
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I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father."16
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Then Jesus' disciples said, "Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech.17
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