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John 16:8

    John 16:8 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And he, when he is come, will convict the world in respect of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And he, when he comes, will make the world conscious of sin, and of righteousness, and of being judged:

    Webster's Revision

    And he, when he is come, will convict the world in respect of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

    World English Bible

    When he has come, he will convict the world about sin, about righteousness, and about judgment;

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And he, when he is come, will convict the world in respect of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

    Clarke's Commentary on John 16:8

    He will reprove - Ελεγξει, He will demonstrate these matters so clearly as to leave no doubt on the minds of those who are simple of heart; and so fully as to confound and shut the mouths of those who are gainsayers. See Acts 2:1, etc.

    The world - The Jewish nation first, and afterwards the Gentile world; for his influences shall not be confined to one people, place, or time.

    Barnes' Notes on John 16:8

    He will reprove - The word translated "reprove" means commonly to demonstrate by argument, to prove, to persuade anyone to do a thing by presenting reasons. It hence means also to convince of anything, and particularly to convince of crime. This is its meaning here. He will convince or convict the world of sin. That is, he will so apply the truths of God to men's own minds as to convince them by fair and sufficient arguments that they are sinners, and cause them to feel this. This is the nature of conviction always.

    The world - Sinners. The men of the world. All men are by nature sinners, and the term the world may be applied to them all, John 1:10; John 12:31; 1 John 5:19.

    Wesley's Notes on John 16:8

    16:8 He - Observe his twofold office; toward the world, John 16:8, and c; toward believers, John 16:12, and c: will convince - All of the world - Who do not obstinately resist, by your preaching and miracles, of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment - He who is convinced of sin either accepts the righteousness of Christ, or is judged with Satan. An abundant accomplishment of this we find in the Acts of the Apostles.