1 “I have said these things to you to keep you from falling away.I 2 They will putII you out of the synagogues.III
Indeed, an hourIV is comingV when thoseVI who killVII you
will thinkVIII that by doing so they are offeringIX worshipX to God.XI
3 And they will doXII this because they have not knownXIII the FatherXIV or me. 4 But I have said these things to you so that when their hour comes you may rememberXV that I told you about them.
“I did not say these things to you from the beginning,XVI because I wasXVII with you. 5 But now I am goingXVIII to him who sentXIX me, yet none of you asksXX me, ‘Where are you going?’
6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrowXXI has filledXXII your hearts.XXIII
7 Nevertheless, I tellXXIV you the truth:XXV it is to your advantageXXVI
that I go away,XXVII for if I do not go away, the AdvocateXXVIII will not come to you, but if I go,XXIX I will send him to you.
8 And when he comes, he will prove the worldXXX wrongXXXI about sinXXXII
and righteousnessXXXIII and judgment:XXXIV 9 about sin,XXXV because they do not believeXXXVI in me;
10 about righteousness, because I am goingXXXVII to the Father, and you will seeXXXVIII me no longer; 11 about judgment, because the rulerXXXIX of this world has been condemned.XL
12 “I still haveXLI many thingsXLII to sayXLIII to you, but you cannotXLIV bearXLV them now.
13 When the SpiritXLVI of truth comes, he will guideXLVII you into allXLVIII the truth,
for he will not speak on his own but will speak whatever he hears,XLIX and he will declareL to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorifyLI me because he will takeLII what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
16 “A littleLIII while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will seeLIV me.”LV
17 Then some of his disciplesLVI said to one another, “What does he meanLVII by saying to us, ‘A little while, and you will no longer seeLVIII me, and again a little while, and you will seeLIX me,’ and ‘because I am goingLX to the Father’?”
18 They said, “What does he mean by this ‘a little while’? We do not knowLXI what he is talking about.”
19 JesusLXII knewLXIII that they wantedLXIV to ask him,
so he said to them, “Are you discussing among yourselves what I meantLXV when I said, ‘A little while, and you will no longer seeLXVI me, and again a little while, and you will seeLXVII me’? 20 Very truly,LXVIII I tell you, you will weepLXIX
and mourn,LXX but the world will rejoice;LXXI you will have pain,LXXII
but your painLXXIII will turnLXXIV into joy.LXXV
21 When a womanLXXVI is in labor,LXXVII she has pain because her hour has come. But when her childLXXVIII is born,LXXIX
she no longer remembers the anguishLXXX because of the joy of having broughtLXXXI a human beingLXXXII into the world.
22 So youLXXXIII have pain now, but I will seeLXXXIV you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will takeLXXXV your joy from you.
23 On that dayLXXXVI you will ask nothing of me. Very truly, I tell you, if you askLXXXVII anything of the Father in my name,LXXXVIII he will giveLXXXIX it to you.
24 Until now you have not askedXC for anything in my name. AskXCI and you will receive,XCII so that your joy may be complete.XCIII
25 “I have said these things to you in figures of speech.XCIV The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figuresXCV but will tellXCVI you plainlyXCVII of the Father.
26 On that day you will askXCVIII in my name. I do not say to you that I will askXCIX the Father on your behalf, 27 for the Father himself lovesC you because you have loved me and have believed that I cameCI from God.
28 I cameCII from the Father and have comeCIII into the world; again, I am leavingCIV the world and am goingCV to the Father.”
29 His disciples said, “Yes,CVI now you are speaking plainly,CVII not in any figure of speech! 30 Now we knowCVIII that you knowCIX all things and do not needCX to have anyone questionCXI you; by this we believe that you cameCXII from God.”
31 Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? 32 The hour is coming,CXIII indeedCXIV it has come,CXV when you will be scattered,CXVI each oneCXVII
to hisCXVIII home, and you will leave me alone.CXIX Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me. 33 I have said this to you so that in me you may have peace.CXX
In the world you faceCXXI persecution,CXXII but take courage:CXXIII I have conqueredCXXIV the world!”
Image credit: “New Wine in Old Wineskins” by Frank Wesley.