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John 16:12

    John 16:12 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    I have still much to say to you, but you are not strong enough for it now.

    Webster's Revision

    I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

    World English Bible

    "I have yet many things to tell you, but you can't bear them now.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

    Clarke's Commentary on John 16:12

    Ye cannot bear them now - In illustration of these three points, Christ had many things to say; but he found that his disciples could only bear general truths; yet, in saying what he did, he sowed the seeds of the whole system of theological knowledge, and heavenly wisdom, which the Holy Spirit of this truth afterwards watered and ripened into a glorious harvest of light and salvation, by the ministry of the apostles. Dr. Lightfoot supposes that the things which the apostles could not bear now were such as these:

    1. The institution of the Christian Sabbath, and the abolition of the Jewish.

    2. The rejection of the whole Jewish nation, at the very time in which they expected to be set up and established for ever.

    3. The entire change of the whole Mosaic dispensation, and the bringing the Gentiles into the Church of God.

    Barnes' Notes on John 16:12

    I have yet many things to say ... - There were many things pertaining to the work of the Spirit and the establishment of religion which might be said. Jesus had given them the outline; he had presented to them the great doctrines of the system, but he had not gone into details. These were things which they could not then bear. They were still full of Jewish prejudices, and were not prepared for a full development of his plans. He probably refers here to the great change which were to take place in the Jewish system - the abolition of sacrifices and the priesthood, the change of the Sabbath, the rejection of the Jewish nation, etc. For these doctrines they were not prepared, but they would in due time be taught them by the Holy Spirit.

    Wesley's Notes on John 16:12

    16:12 I have yet many things to say - Concerning my passion, death, resurrection, and the consequences of it. These things we have, not in uncertain traditions, but in the Acts, the Epistles, and the Revelation. But ye cannot bear them now - Both because of your littleness of faith, and your immoderate sorrow.