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New Defender's Study Bible Notes

16:16 A little while. The striking repetition of the phrase “a little while” in these verses (occurring seven times in John 16:16-19) is best explained in terms of Christ’s desire to emphasize His soon return. Two thousand years seems a long time in comparison to earthly life-spans, but is nothing in relation to the eternal joy we shall share when He returns (compare John 14:19). For “yet a little while, and He that shall come will come, and will not tarry” (Hebrews 10:37). “Our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (II Corinthians 4:17).

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