John 16:19 Commentary - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary
1) "Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him," (egno lesous hoti ethelon auton erotan) "Jesus knew that they wished very much to question him," about the saying, for He knows "what is in men," and understands even their thoughts from afar off, Joh 2:24-25; Psa 139:1-4; Mat 9:4; Joh 21:17. For Jesus was omniscient; that is, He knew all things. They were hesitant to expose their ignorance further, like a pupil who has not listened to a teacher.
2) "And said unto them," (kai eipen autois) "And he spoke directly to them," kindly meeting their difficulty, questioning them, not for information, but to cause them to express their inner feelings, frustrations about what He had said, Joh 16:16.
3) "Do ye inquire among yourselves of that I said," (peri toutou zeteite met' allelon hoti eipon) "Are you all seeking to find out one with another about this, because I said, "what I said, the meaning of what I told you I am to do, Joh 16:16-18. They wanted to ask Him but were embarrassed to do so.
4) "A little while, and ye shall not see me:" (mikron kai ou theoreite me) "A little while and you all will not behold me," as also formerly stated, Joh 14:19. For He expressly sought to prepare them for the fact His death was nigh at hand, Joh 7:33; Joh 13:33; Joh 14:19.
5) "And again, a little while, and ye shall see me?" (kai palin mikron kai opsesthe me) "And again a little while longer and you will all see me;" In His resurrection body, alive forevermore, assuring them of a future resurrection, Rom 5:10; Rom 8:11; Rev 1:7; 1Th 4:16-18; Heb 10:36-37.
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Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary
The Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary of the Whole Bible was originally published as a 23-volume set by Albert Garner (principal author) along with J. C. Howes, G.F. Crumley, and Eugene Garner in 1985. The Blessed Hope Foundation has released this digital edition into the public domain.