John 16:22 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 16:22, NIV: "So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy."

John 16:22, ESV: "So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you."

John 16:22, KJV: "And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you."

John 16:22, NASB: "'Therefore you too have grief now; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you."

John 16:22, NLT: "So you have sorrow now, but I will see you again; then you will rejoice, and no one can rob you of that joy."

John 16:22, CSB: "So you also have sorrow now. But I will see you again. Your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy from you."

What does John 16:22 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

As Christ explains the misery and persecution His followers can expect from the world (John 16:1–3), He also offers comfort. A crucial aspect of that encouragement is the fact that pain and suffering are temporary, as compared to the blessings offered by life in Christ (John 10:10; 14:6). Jesus has recently predicted that the disciples' experience of His death and resurrection (John 18:1–3; 19:18; 20:19) will parallel that of a woman giving birth. The pain is intense, but relatively short-lived, and what comes after is a lasting and even-more-intense joy (John 16:20–21).

In the most immediate sense, Jesus also refers to the sorrow His closest followers feel as they hear His dire predictions (John 16:6, 12). He once again comforts them with a reminder—deliberately given in advance (John 16:4)—that they will see Him again (John 16:16). Over time, their faith in the risen Christ will be characterized by joy which even persecution and death cannot overcome (Acts 5:41; 8:8; 13:52; Luke 24:52).