John 14:18

18 I will not leave you comfortless:[a] I will come to you.

John 14:18 Meaning and Commentary

John 14:18

I will not leave you comfortless
Gr. "orphans", or "fatherless". Christ stands in the relation of a Father to his people, and they are his children, his spiritual seed and offspring; and so the disciples might fear, that as Christ was going from them, they should be left as children without a father, in a very desolate and comfortless, condition: to support them against these fears, Christ promises that he would not leave them thus, at least not long:

I will come to you;
in a very short time, as he did; for on the third day he rose again from the dead, and appeared to them, which filled them with great joy. So among the Jews, disciples, and the world too, are represented as fatherless, when their doctors and wise men are removed by death. Says R. Aba, F24 and so sometimes others, concerning R. Simeon ben Jochai,

``woe to the world when thou shall go out of it, woe to the generation that shall be in the world when thou shall remove from them, (Nymty Nwratvyw) , "and they shall be left fatherless by thee".''

And in another place F25;

``afterwards R. Akiba went out and cried, and his eyes flowed with water, and he said, woe Rabbi, woe Rabbi, for the world is left, (Mwty) , "fatherless by thee".''


F24 Zohar in Num fol. 96. 3. & in Lev. fol. 42. 3. & in Exod. fol. 10. 3. & 28. 3.
F25 Midrash Hannealam in Zohar in Gen. fol. 65. 4.

John 14:18 In-Context

16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. comfortless: or, orphans
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