John 16-18 World English Bible

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16 1  “These things have I spoken to you, so that you wouldn’t be caused to stumble. 2  They will put you out of the synagogues. Yes, the time comes that whoever kills you will think that he offers service to God. 3  They will do these things [1] because they have not known the Father, nor me. 4  But I have told you these things, so that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you about them. I didn’t tell you these things from the beginning, because I was with you.

The Work of the Holy Spirit

5  But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6  But because I have told you these things, sorrow has filled your heart.

7  Nevertheless I tell you the truth: It is to your advantage that I go away, for if I don’t go away, the Counselor won’t come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. 8  When he has come, he will convict the world about sin, about righteousness, and about judgment; 9  about sin, because they don’t believe in me; 10  about righteousness, because I am going to my Father, and you won’t see me any more; 11  about judgment, because the prince of this world has been judged. 12  “I have yet many things to tell you, but you can’t bear them now. 13  However when he, the Spirit of truth, has come, he will guide you into all truth, for he will not speak from himself; but whatever he hears, he will speak. He will declare to you things that are coming. 14  He will glorify me, for he will take from what is mine, and will declare it to you. 15  All things whatever the Father has are mine; therefore I said that he takes [2] of mine, and will declare it to you.

Sorrow to Turn into Joy

16  A little while, and you will not see me. Again a little while, and you will see me.” 17  Some of his disciples therefore said to one another, “What is this that he says to us, ‘A little while, and you won’t 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 don’t know what he is saying.” 19  Therefore Jesus perceived that they wanted to ask him, and he said to them, “Do you inquire among yourselves concerning this, that I said, ‘A little while, and you won’t see me, and again a little while, and you will see me?’ 20  Most certainly I tell you, that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy. 21  A woman, when she gives birth, has sorrow, because her time has come. But when she has delivered the child, she doesn’t remember the anguish any more, for the joy that a human being is born into the world. 22  Therefore you now have sorrow, but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.

23  “In that day you will ask me no questions. Most certainly I tell you, whatever you may ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. 24  Until now, you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be made full.

I Have Overcome the World

25  I have spoken these things to you in figures of speech. But the time is coming when I will no more speak to you in figures of speech, but will tell you plainly about the Father. 26  In that day you will ask in my name; and I don’t say to you, that I will pray to the Father for you, 27  for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me, and have believed that I came forth from God.

28  I came out 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, “Behold, now you speak plainly, and speak no figures of speech. 30  Now we know that you know all things, and don’t need for anyone to question you. By this we believe that you came forth from God.” 31  Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? 32  Behold, the time is coming, yes, and has now come, that you will be scattered, everyone to his own place, and you will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. 33  I have told you these things, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have oppression; but cheer up! I have overcome the world.”

Jesus' Prayer for His Disciples

17 1  Jesus said these things, and lifting up his eyes to heaven, he said, “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may also glorify you; 2  even as you gave him authority over all flesh, he will give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3  This is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and him whom you sent, Jesus Christ. 4  I glorified you on the earth. I have accomplished the work which you have given me to do. 5  Now, Father, glorify me with your own self with the glory which I had with you before the world existed.

6  I revealed your name to the people whom you have given me out of the world. They were yours, and you have given them to me. They have kept your word. 7  Now they have known that all things whatever you have given me are from you, 8  for the words which you have given me I have given to them, and they received them, and knew for sure that I came forth from you, and they have believed that you sent me. 9  I pray for them. I don’t pray for the world, but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. 10  All things that are mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them.

11  I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them through your name which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are. 12  While I was with them in the world, I kept them in your name. Those whom you have given me I have kept. None of them is lost, except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13  But now I come to you, and I say these things in the world, that they may have my joy made full in themselves. 14  I have given them your word. The world hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15  I pray not that you would take them from the world, but that you would keep them from the evil one. 16  They are not of the world even as I am not of the world.

17  Sanctify them in your truth. Your word is truth. [3] 18  As you sent me into the world, even so I have sent them into the world. 19  For their sakes I sanctify myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.

20  Not for these only do I pray, but for those also who believe in me through their word, 21  that they may all be one; even as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that you sent me. 22  The glory which you have given me, I have given to them; that they may be one, even as we are one; 23  I in them, and you in me, that they may be perfected into one; that the world may know that you sent me, and loved them, even as you loved me.

24  Father, I desire that they also whom you have given me be with me where I am, that they may see my glory, which you have given me, for you loved me before the foundation of the world. 25  Righteous Father, the world hasn’t known you, but I knew you; and these knew that you sent me. 26  I made known to them your name, and will make it known; that the love with which you loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus

18 1  When Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples over the brook Kidron, where there was a garden, into which he and his disciples entered. 2  Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, for Jesus often met there with his disciples. 3  Judas then, having taken a detachment of soldiers and officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons. 4  Jesus therefore, knowing all the things that were happening to him, went forth, and said to them, “Who are you looking for?” 5  They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.”

Jesus said to them, “I am he.”

Judas also, who betrayed him, was standing with them. 6  When therefore he said to them, “I am he,” they went backward, and fell to the ground. 7  Again therefore he asked them, “Who are you looking for?”

They said, “Jesus of Nazareth.” 8  Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. If therefore you seek me, let these go their way,” 9  that the word might be fulfilled which he spoke, “Of those whom you have given me, I have lost none.” [4] 10  Simon Peter therefore, having a sword, drew it, and struck the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus. 11  Jesus therefore said to Peter, “Put the sword into its sheath. The cup which the Father has given me, shall I not surely drink it?”

Jesus Brought before the High Priest

12  So the detachment, the commanding officer, and the officers of the Jews, seized Jesus and bound him,

13  and led him to Annas first, for he was father-in-law to Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. 14  Now it was Caiaphas who advised the Jews that it was expedient that one man should perish for the people.

Peter in the High Priest's Court

15  Simon Peter followed Jesus, as did another disciple. Now that disciple was known to the high priest, and entered in with Jesus into the court of the high priest; 16  but Peter was standing at the door outside. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to her who kept the door, and brought in Peter. 17  Then the maid who kept the door said to Peter, “Are you also one of this man’s disciples?”

He said, “I am not.” 18  Now the servants and the officers were standing there, having made a fire of coals, for it was cold. They were warming themselves. Peter was with them, standing and warming himself.

The High Priest Questions Jesus

19  The high priest therefore asked Jesus about his disciples, and about his teaching. 20  Jesus answered him, “I spoke openly to the world. I always taught in synagogues, and in the temple, where the Jews always meet. I said nothing in secret. 21  Why do you ask me? Ask those who have heard me what I said to them. Behold, these know the things which I said.” 22  When he had said this, one of the officers standing by slapped Jesus with his hand, saying, “Do you answer the high priest like that?” 23  Jesus answered him, “If I have spoken evil, testify of the evil; but if well, why do you beat me?” 24  Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas, the high priest.

Peter Denies Jesus

25  Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. They said therefore to him, “You aren’t also one of his disciples, are you?”

He denied it, and said, “I am not.” 26  One of the servants of the high priest, being a relative of him whose ear Peter had cut off, said, “Didn’t I see you in the garden with him?” 27  Peter therefore denied it again, and immediately the rooster crowed.

Jesus before Pilate

28  They led Jesus therefore from Caiaphas into the Praetorium. It was early, and they themselves didn’t enter into the Praetorium, that they might not be defiled, but might eat the Passover. 29  Pilate therefore went out to them, and said, “What accusation do you bring against this man?” 30  They answered him, “If this man weren’t an evildoer, we wouldn’t have delivered him up to you.” 31  Pilate therefore said to them, “Take him yourselves, and judge him according to your law.”

Therefore the Jews said to him, “It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death,” 32  that the word of Jesus might be fulfilled, which he spoke, signifying by what kind of death he should die. 33  Pilate therefore entered again into the Praetorium, called Jesus, and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34  Jesus answered him, “Do you say this by yourself, or did others tell you about me?” 35  Pilate answered, “I’m not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests delivered you to me. What have you done?” 36  Jesus answered, “My Kingdom is not of this world. If my Kingdom were of this world, then my servants would fight, that I wouldn’t be delivered to the Jews. But now my Kingdom is not from here.” 37  Pilate therefore said to him, “Are you a king then?”

Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this reason I have been born, and for this reason I have come into the world, that I should testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” 38  Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”

When he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, “I find no basis for a charge against him.

Jesus Sentenced to Die

39  But you have a custom, that I should release someone to you at the Passover. Therefore do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?” 40  Then they all shouted again, saying, “Not this man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a robber.

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Footnotes

[1] 16:3 TR adds “to you”

[2] 16:15 TR reads “will take” instead of “takes”

[3] 17:17 Psalm 119:142

[4] 18:9 John 6:39

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