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17 Then some of His disciples said among themselves, “What is this that He says to us, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me’; and, ‘because I go to the Father’?” 18 They said therefore, “What is this that He says, ‘A little while’? We do not 4know what He is saying.”
19 Now Jesus knew that they desired to ask Him, and He said to them, “Are you inquiring among yourselves about what I said, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me’? 20 Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and ulament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into vjoy. 21 wA woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. 22 Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and xyour heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.
23 “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. yMost assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, zthat your joy may be afull.
25 “These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; but the time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but I will tell you bplainly about the Father. 26 In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you; 27 cfor the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and dhave believed that I came forth from God. 28 eI came forth from the Father and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and go to the Father.”
29 His disciples said to Him, “See, now You are speaking plainly, and using no figure of speech! 30 Now we are sure that fYou know all things, and have no need that anyone should question You. By this gwe believe that You came forth from God.”
31 Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? 32 hIndeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, ieach to his 5own, and will leave Me alone. And jyet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. 33 These things I have spoken to you, that kin Me you may have peace. lIn the world you 6will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, mI have overcome the world.”
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