John 16:29 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 16:29, NIV: "Then Jesus' disciples said, 'Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech."

John 16:29, ESV: "His disciples said, “Ah, now you are speaking plainly and not using figurative speech!"

John 16:29, KJV: "His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb."

John 16:29, NASB: "His disciples said, 'Lo, now You are speaking plainly and are not using a figure of speech."

John 16:29, NLT: "Then his disciples said, 'At last you are speaking plainly and not figuratively."

John 16:29, CSB: "His disciples said, "Look, now you're speaking plainly and not using any figurative language."

What does John 16:29 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

One of the promises Jesus made during the Last Supper was the ministry of the Holy Spirit (John 16:13). That influence would bring clarity to ideas which were once hard to understand (John 2:22; 6:60; 16:15). As part of that prediction, Jesus pointed out that what He once taught them in parables, He would later teach them in direct terms (John 16:25). While Jesus has given His closest followers more insight than He gave the crowds (Mark 4:34), He has not revealed every possible detail, yet (John 16:12). Of course, much of what Jesus has said in the last few moments has been very blunt. This leads the disciples to once again misinterpret; they think they have already arrived at this state of spiritual understanding.

It's possible Jesus closest followers thought that He meant the teaching work of the Holy Spirit would be a momentary event. Or, that it would involve just one aspect of His ministry. Either way, they will reiterate their confidence in Christ's knowledge (John 16:30), only to have Jesus once again bring them back to a state of humility (John 16:31).