John 16:7

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Neuerthelesse; I tell you the trueth, it is expedient for you that I goe away: for if I goe not away, the Comforter will not come vnto you: but if I depart, I will send him vnto you.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Nevertheless I tell you the truth: It is expedient for you that I go away; for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I go, I will send him unto you.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But what I am saying is true: my going is for your good: for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.
- Basic English Bible

But I say the truth to you, It is profitable for you that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Comforter will not come to you; but if I go I will send him to you.
- Darby Bible

Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: It is expedient for you that I depart; for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send him to you.
- Webster's Bible

Yet it is the truth that I am telling you--it is to your advantage that I go away. For unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.
- Weymouth Bible

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.
- World English Bible

But Y seie to you treuthe, it spedith to you, that Y go; for if Y go not forth, the coumfortour schal not come to you; but if Y go forth, Y schal sende hym to you.
- Wycliffe Bible

`But I tell you the truth; it is better for you that I go away, for if I may not go away, the Comforter will not come unto you, and if I go on, I will send Him unto you;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 16:7


16:7 It is expedient for you - In respect of the Comforter, #John 16:7|, &c, and of me, #John 16:16|, &c, and of the Father, #John 16:23|, &c.


People's Bible Notes for John 16:7


Joh 16:7 It is expedient for you that I depart. What seemed then a crushing sorrow was a real blessing. His mission could never be accomplished unless he went away. For if I go not away, the Comforter will not come. While Christ was present in person, in bodily form, the Holy Spirit, the representative of the Godhead, could not come. Christ, as King, must send him, and on the day of Pentecost Peter declared, "He hath shed forth the things ye do see and hear" (Ac 2:33).

Discussion for John 16:7

  • Abdullah for verse 7
    what is the original word of the Comforter in Jesus language that he has been speaking?
  • Jesus is always with us by Holy Spirit
  • I think if you understand the history of the bible, understand the many books it was to comprise and the people who would have written them, you should consider the following with an open mind if God wills it. In John, which speaks of the 'Comforter ' is referring to a person, it is of a prophets to come, it tells us there will be words not if his own, words which he will hear, the words which he will pass onto the followers. If you dont see it or agree then understand it could be that our Lord hasn 't permitted you to hear the truth. Understand that since the first scriptures passed down from generation to generation the devil and man has been permitted and can be influenced to deceive the people in order to test the people. understand some scriptures habe lost the exact statements and editing has occured over the generations which can mislead in translation. What is the truth, the paragraph refers to a person, a person who may possibly be filled with the holy spirit, i dont know its not clear, but it is a person. If you haven 't realised who the person is yet, then keep searching for the truth because your time is being tested as well and God willing your eyes ears are opened to realise who that person. The answers are there if you look.
  • Michael.Matiyase.Magagula for verse 7
    The text can best be understood in the light of the incident recorded in Numbers:11:17&25.It is Infact a type of what Jesus would later demonstrate during the feast of weeks/Pentecost.In Numbers God instructs Moses to bring to before the tabernacle 70 leaders of Israel.Only when the would stand before the tabernacle would God take of the Spirit that was with Moses and impart it to the 70 elders.This is exactly what would happen when Christ would reach heaven.God would take of the Spirit that imbued Christ at baptism,and dispense with it as promised.This God did at pentecost and later the same Spirit in Peter,as he began to speak at Cornellius' villa in Caesarea,what's imparted by (God) to all in the same way that it happened during Pentecost(Acts:10:44/11:15)
  • Earl Royal for verse 7
    The Spirit of God in some sense had come, before the death of Christ; he had appeared in the creation of all things out of nothing, as a joint Creator with the Father and Son; he was come as a spirit of prophecy upon the inspired writers, and others; the Old Testament saints had received him as a spirit of faith; he had been given to Christ as man, without measure, and the disciples had been partakers of his gifts and graces; but he was not come in so peculiar a manner as he afterwards did; as the promise of the Father, the glorifier of Christ, the comforter of his people, the spirit of truth, and the reprover of the world: there are reasons to be given, why the Spirit of God should not come in such a manner before, as after the death of Christ. The order of the three divine persons in the Trinity, and in the economy of man's salvation, required such a method to be observed; that the Father should first, and for a while, be more especially manifested; next the Son, and then the Spirit: besides, our Lord has given a reason himself, why the Spirit "was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified", Joh_7:39; And the coming of the Spirit as a comforter, and the spirit of truth, was to be through the intercession, and by the mission of Christ; and therefore it was proper he should go away first, in order to send him; add to all this, that if Christ had not gone away or died, there would have been nothing for the Spirit to have done; no blood to sprinkle; no righteousness to reveal and bring near; no salvation to apply; or any of the things of Christ, and blessings of grace, to have taken and shown; all which are owing to the death of Christ, and which show the expediency of it: the expediency of Christ's death for the mission of the Spirit to his disciples, is very conspicuous; for hereby they were comforted and supported under a variety of troubles; were led into all truth, and so furnished for their ministerial work; and were made abundantly successful in it, that being attended with the demonstration of the Spirit and of power. ...Matthew Henry Commentary
  • Naser Fahad Jinnah for verse 7
    Ahmed or Muhammad meaning the one who praises or the praised one is almost the translation
    of the rnGreek word Periclytos. In the Gospel of John 14:16, 15:26, and 16:7. The word Comforter
    is used in the English translation for the Greek word Paracletos which means advocate or a kind
    friend rather than a comforter. rnParacletos is the warped reading for Periclytos. Jesus (pbuh)
    actually prophesised Ahmed by name. Even the Greek word Paraclete refers to the Prophet (pbuh)
    who is a mercy for all creatures.rnSome Christians say that the Comforter mentioned in these
    prophecies refers to the Holy Sprit. They fail to realise that the prophecy clearly says that
    only if Jesus (pbuh) departs will the Comforter come. The Bible states that thernHoly Spirit
    was already present on earth before and during the time of Jesus (pbuh), in the womb of Elizabeth,
    and again when Jesus (pbuh) was being baptised, etc. Hence this prophecy refers to none other than
    Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

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