1 "I have told you these things to keep you from falling over stumbling blocks. 2 Men will turn you out of their synagogues. Yes, indeed, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think that he is rendering a religious service to God. 3 They will do this, because they have never come to know God nor me. 4 But I have told you these things that when the time does come, you may remember that I told you. I did not tell you these things at the start, because I was with you.
5 But now I am going away to Him who has sent me, and not one of you is asking me where I am going, 6 but sorrow has taken complete possession of your hearts, because I have told you these things. 7 Yet it is nothing but the truth I now tell you, that it is better for you that I should go away. For if I do not go away, the Helper will not come into close fellowship with you, but if I do go away, I will send Him to be in close fellowship with you. 8 "And when He comes, He will bring conviction to worldly people about sin and uprightness and judgment; 9 about sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 about uprightness, because I go away to the Father so that you can no longer see me; 11 about judgment, because the evil ruler of this world has been condemned.
12 "I have much more to tell you, but you cannot grasp it now. 13 But when the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into the whole truth, for He will not speak on His own authority but will tell what is told Him, and will announce to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, because He will take the things that belong to me and tell them to you. 15 Everything that the Father has is mine; this is why I have told you, 'He will take the things that are mine and tell them to you.'
16 "In just a little while you will not see me any longer; and yet, in just a little while after you will see me again."
17 So some of His disciples said to one another, "What does He mean by telling us, 'In just a little while you will not see me, and yet in just a little while after you will see me again,' and 'Because I am going away to the Father'?" 18 So they kept saying, "What does He mean by saying, 'a little while'? We do not know what He is talking about."
19 Jesus knew that they wanted to ask Him a question, and so He said to them, "Are you inquiring of one another about this saying of mine, 'In just a little while you will not see me, and yet in just a little while after you will see me again'?
20 I most solemnly say to you, you will weep and wail, but the world will be glad; you will grieve but your grief will be turned into gladness. 21 When a woman is in labor, she is in pain, for her time has come, but when the baby is born, she forgets her pain because of her joy that a human being has been born into the world. 22 So you too are now in sorrow, but I am going to see you again, and then your hearts will be happy, and no one can rob you of your happiness. 23 At that time you will ask me no more questions. I most solemnly say to you, the Father will give you, as bearers of my name, whatever you ask Him for. 24 Up to this time you have not asked for anything as bearers of my name, but now you must keep on asking, and you will receive, that your cup of joy may be full to the brim.
25 "I have told you these things in allegories, but a time is coming when I shall not do so any longer, but will plainly tell you about the Father. 26 At that time you will ask, as bearers of my name, and I do not say that I will ask the Father for you, 27 for the Father tenderly loves you Himself, because you now tenderly love me and now believe that I have come from the Father. 28 I did come from the Father and I have come into the world. Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father."
29 His disciples said to Him, "Now you are talking plainly and not in allegory at all. 30 Now we know that you know everything and do not need that anyone should ask you questions. For this reason we believe that you have come from God."
31 Jesus answered them, "Do you now really believe? 32 Listen! A time is coming, yea, it is right here, when you will all be scattered to your homes and will leave me alone. And yet, I am not alone, because the Father is with me. 33 I have told you these things, that you through union with me may have peace. In the world you have trouble, but be courageous! I have conquered the world."