John 16:17 Commentary - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

1) "Then said some of his disciples among themselves," (eipan oun ek ton metheton autou pros allelous) "Then some of his disciples said to one another," with uncertainty, inquiring in a state of wonder, one of another, just what He had really said or meant by what He had said.

2) "What is this that he saith unto us," (ti estin touto ho legei hemin) "What is the essence or real meaning (of) this which he tells us," of His going away from and coming again to us and His going to the Father. They were benumbed and "dull of understanding," or grasping just what He was disclosing to them, Luk 24:25-27; Luk 24:44-45.

3) "A little while, and ye shall not see me:" (mikron kai theoreite me) "A little while (time) and you all will not see me," for my death and burial is very soon; for the shepherd had to be smitten and the flock scattered, Zec 13:7; Mat 26:31-32.

4) "And again, a little while, and ye shall see me:" (kai palin mikron opsesthe me) "And again, a little while and you will all see me:" They simply did not either understand or believe what He said is evident because of their later actions and talk, Mar 16:11-14.

5) "And because I go to the Father?" (kai hoti hupago pros ton patera) "And because I am going to the Father, what does He mean?" He did go back to the Father and send the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead, the Trinity, to be a guide to the church and a helper of every true disciple, forever, Joh 14:16-17; Luk 24:49; Act 1:8; Act 2:4. And He is coming again for His own in a "little while," Heb 10:36-37. He went away with outstretched hands, blessing His own, Luk 24:50-51; and Blessed Assurance, Blessed Hope, He is coming "as He went away," Act 1:10-11; Tit 2:13.

Consult other comments:

John 16:17 - The Greek Testament

John 16:17 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 16:17 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

John 16:17 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 16:17 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 16:17 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 16:17 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

John 16:17 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 16:17 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 16:17 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 16:17 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 16:17 - Commentaries on the New Testament and Prophets

John 16:17 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

John 16:17 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

John 16:17 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 16:17 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 16:17 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 16:17 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 16:17 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 16:17 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

John 16:17 - Combined Bible Commentary

Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary