Isaiah 42:13
         The LORD will go forth like a warrior,
         He will arouse His zeal like a man of war.
         He will utter a shout, yes, He will raise a war cry.
         He will prevail against His enemies.
 

The Bible uses fire to describe intense emotion, passion, zeal.

 
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The Bible says that Jesis is the perfect representation of God. Let’s start by seeing how God, and then Jesus, is described:
 
Daniel 7:9-10
    9I kept looking until thrones were placed [for the assessors with the Judge], and the Ancient of Days [God, the eternal Father] took His seat, Whose garment was white as snow and the hair of His head like pure wool. His throne was like the fiery flame; its wheels were burning fire.
    10A stream of fire came forth from before Him; a thousand thousands ministered to Him and ten thousand times ten thousand rose up and stood before Him; the Judge was seated [the court was in session] and the books were opened.
 
Daniel 7:13-14
    13I saw in the night visions, and behold, on the clouds of the heavens came One like a Son of man [Jesus], and He came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before Him.
    14And there was given Him [the Messiah] dominion and glory and kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion which shall not pass away, and His kingdom is one which shall not be destroyed.
 
Revelation 1:12-18
    12Then I [John] turned to see [whose was] the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands,
    13And in the midst of the lampstands [One] like a Son of Man [Jesus], clothed with a robe which reached to His feet and with a girdle of gold about His breast.
    14His head and His hair were white like white wool, [as white] as snow, and His eyes [flashed] like a flame of fire.
    15His feet glowed like burnished (bright) bronze as it is refined in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of many waters.
    16In His right hand He held seven stars, and from His mouth there came forth a sharp two-edged sword, and His face was like the sun shining in full power at midday.
    17When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as if dead. But He laid His right hand on me and said, Do not be afraid! I AM the First and the Last,
    18And the Ever-living One [I AM living in the eternity of the eternities]. I died, but see, I AM alive forevermore; and I possess the keys of death and Hades (the realm of the dead).
 
Revelation 19:11-12
    11After that I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse [appeared]! The One Who was riding it is called Faithful (Trustworthy, Loyal, Incorruptible, Steady) and True, and He passes judgment and wages war in righteousness (holiness, justice, and uprightness).
    12His eyes [blaze] like a flame of fire, and on His head are many kingly crowns (diadems); and He has a title (name) inscribed which He alone knows or can understand.
 

His eyes blaze with fire as He defends us against our enemies.

 
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Who are our enemies?
 
Our enemies are more in number than we first realize. While we can more readily identify our human enemies, the evil forces behind human selfishness and pride are not as easy for us to identify.
 
Through the Bible God has given us insights into the spiritual forces who seek to destroy us. Take time now to learn about their deceptions in the section called He Protectively Warns.
 
Almost as complex are our intangible enemies ― sent for our destruction by these same evil forces ― death, sickness, suffering, and sin.
 
God’s fiery zeal is directed at these spiritual forces, not at the unaware humans who perform as marionettes on the stage of life.




Human marionettes do not move on their own volition. Rather, when their slavemasters lift their chains, they move. [You can learn about this slavery at He Removes Sins.] Even though humans appear to pull the strings, Jesus identified the evil one who prompts these humans:


John 8:44
    44You are of your father, the devil, and it is your will to practice the lusts and gratify the desires [which are characteristic] of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a falsehood, he speaks what is natural to him, for he is a liar [himself] and the father of lies and of all that is false.

 
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Let’s return to the topic of God’s fiery zeal.
 
God answered by fire many times in the Bible. Let’s read a fascinating story from the Old Testament of the Bible, one of the many times when God displayed His power by answering by fire:
 
1 Kings 18:All
    1After many days, the word of the Lord came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, show yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain upon the earth.
    2So Elijah went to show himself to Ahab. Now the famine was severe in Samaria.
    3And Ahab called Obadiah, who was the governor of his house. (Now Obadiah feared the Lord greatly;
    4For when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the Lord, Obadiah took a hundred prophets and hid them by fifties in a cave and fed them with bread and water.)
    5And Ahab said to Obadiah, Go into the land to all the fountains of water and to all the brooks; perhaps we may find grass to keep the horses and mules alive, that we lose none of the beasts.
    6So they divided the land between them to pass through it. Ahab went one way and Obadiah went another way, each by himself.
    7As Obadiah was on the way, behold, Elijah met him. He recognized him and fell on his face and said, Are you my lord Elijah?
    8He answered him, It is I. Go tell your lord, Behold, Elijah is here.
    9And he said, What sin have I committed, that you would deliver your servant into the hands of Ahab to be slain?
    10As the Lord your God lives, there is no nation or kingdom where my lord has not sent to seek you. And when they said, He is not here, he took an oath from the kingdom or nation that they had not found you.
    11And now you say, Go tell your lord, Behold, Elijah is here.
    12And as soon as I have gone out from you, the Spirit of the Lord will carry you I know not where; so when I come and tell Ahab and he cannot find you, he will kill me. But I your servant have feared and revered the Lord from my youth.
    13Was it not told my lord what I did when Jezebel slew the prophets of the Lord, how I hid a hundred men of the Lord's prophets by fifties in a cave and fed them with bread and water?
    14And now you say, Go tell your lord, Behold, Elijah is here; and he will kill me.
    15Elijah said, As the Lord of hosts lives, before Whom I stand, I will surely show myself to Ahab today.
    16So Obadiah went to meet Ahab and told him, and Ahab went to meet Elijah.
    17When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, Are you he who troubles Israel?
    18Elijah replied, I have not troubled Israel, but you have, and your father's house, by forsaking the commandments of the Lord and by following the Baals.
    19Therefore send and gather to me all Israel at Mount Carmel, and the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of [the goddess] Asherah, who eat at [Queen] Jezebel's table.
    20So Ahab sent to all the Israelites and assembled the prophets at Mount Carmel.
    21Elijah came near to all the people and said, How long will you halt and limp between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him! But if Baal, then follow him. And the people did not answer him a word.
    22Then Elijah said to the people, I, I only, remain a prophet of the Lord, but Baal's prophets are 450 men.
    23Let two bulls be given us; let them choose one bull for themselves and cut it in pieces and lay it on the wood but put no fire to it. I will dress the other bull, lay it on the wood, and put no fire to it.
    24Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord; and the One Who answers by fire, let Him be God. And all the people answered, It is well spoken.
    25Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, Choose one bull for yourselves and dress it first, for you are many; and call on the name of your god, but put no fire under it.
    26So they took the bull given them, dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning until noon, saying, O Baal, hear and answer us! But there was no voice; no one answered. And they leaped upon or limped about the altar they had made.
    27At noon Elijah mocked them, saying, Cry aloud, for he is a god; either he is musing, or he has gone aside, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened.
    28And they cried aloud and cut themselves after their custom with knives and lances until the blood gushed out upon them.
    29Midday passed, and they played the part of prophets until the time for offering the evening sacrifice, but there was no voice, no answer, no one who paid attention.
    30Then Elijah said to all the people, Come near to me. And all the people came near him. And he repaired the [old] altar of the Lord that had been broken down [by Jezebel].
    31Then Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord came, saying, Israel shall be your name.
    32And with the stones Elijah built an altar in the name [and self-revelation] of the Lord. He made a trench about the altar as great as would contain two measures of seed.
    33He put the wood in order and cut the bull in pieces and laid it on the wood and said, Fill four jars with water and pour it on the burnt offering and the wood.
    34And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time.
    35The water ran round about the altar, and he filled the trench also with water.
    36At the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet came near and said, O Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that You are God in Israel and that I am Your servant and that I have done all these things at Your word.
    37Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You, the Lord, are God, and have turned their hearts back [to You].
    38Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice and the wood and the stones and the dust, and also licked up the water that was in the trench.
    39When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and they said, The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!
    40And Elijah said, Seize the prophets of Baal; let not one escape. They seized them, and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and [as God's law required] slew them there.
    41And Elijah said to Ahab, Go up, eat and drink, for there is the sound of abundance of rain.
    42So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he bowed himself down upon the earth and put his face between his knees
    43And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up and looked and said, There is nothing. Elijah said, Go again seven times.
    44And at the seventh time the servant said, A cloud as small as a man's hand is arising out of the sea. And Elijah said, Go up, say to Ahab, Hitch your chariot and go down, lest the rain stop you.
    45In a little while, the heavens were black with wind-swept clouds, and there was a great rain. And Ahab went to Jezreel.
 

The protective love against those who would harm you in the spirit realm is displayed thoroughly in the section He Protectively Warns, and in the physical realm, in His Enemies and Mine.
 
Here are some key verses having to do with His fiery zeal:
 
Psalm 97:1-6
    1The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles and coastlands be glad!
    2Clouds and darkness are round about Him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.
    3Fire goes before Him and burns up His adversaries round about.
    4His lightnings illumine the world; the earth sees and trembles.
    5The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
    6The heavens declare His righteousness, and all the peoples see His glory.
 
2 Samuel 22:2-20
    2He said: The Lord is my Rock and my Fortress [in the wilderness] and my Deliverer;
    3My God, my Rock, in Him will I take refuge; my Shield and the Horn of my salvation; my Stronghold and my Refuge, my Savior--You save me from violence.
    4I call on the Lord, Who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.
    5For the waves of death enveloped me; the torrents of destruction made me afraid.
    6The cords of Sheol were entangling me; I encountered the snares of death.
    7In my distress I called upon the Lord; I cried to my God, and He heard my voice from His temple; my cry came into His ears.
    8Then the earth reeled and quaked, the foundations of the heavens trembled and shook because He was angry.
    9Smoke went up from His nostrils, and devouring fire from His mouth; coals were kindled by it.
    10He bowed the heavens and came down; thick darkness was under His feet.
    11He rode on a cherub and flew; He was seen upon the wings of the wind.
    12He made darkness His canopy around Him, gathering of waters, thick clouds of the skies.
    13Out of the brightness before Him coals of fire flamed forth.
    14The Lord thundered from heaven, and the Most High uttered His voice.
    15He sent out arrows and scattered them; lightning confused and troubled them.
    16The channels of the sea were visible, the foundations of the world were uncovered at the rebuke of the Lord, at the blast of the breath of His nostrils.
    17He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of great waters.
    18He delivered me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me.
    19They came upon me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my stay.
    20He brought me forth into a large place; He delivered me because He delighted in me.
 
Deuteronomy 9:3
    3Know therefore this day that the Lord your God is He Who goes over before you as a devouring fire. He will destroy them and bring them down before you; so you shall dispossess them and make them perish quickly, as the Lord has promised you.
 
Isaiah 30:30
    30And the Lord shall cause His glorious voice to be heard and the descending blow of His arm to be seen, coming down with indignant anger {against evil and rebellion} and with the flame of a devouring fire, amid crashing blast and cloudburst, tempest, and hailstones.
 
Isaiah 64:1-4
    1Oh, that You would rend the heavens and that You would come down, that the mountains might quake and flow down at Your presence--
    2As when fire kindles the brushwood and the fire causes the waters to boil--to make Your Name known to Your adversaries, that the nations may tremble at Your presence!
    3When You did terrible things which we did not expect, You came down; the mountains quaked at Your presence.
    4For from of old no one has heard nor perceived by the ear, nor has the eye seen a God besides You, Who works and shows Himself active on behalf of him who [earnestly] waits for Him.
 
Song of Solomon 8:6
    6Set me like a seal upon your heart, like a seal upon your arm; for love is as strong as death, jealousy is as hard and cruel as Sheol (the place of the dead). Its flashes are flashes of fire, a most vehement flame [the very flame of the Lord]!
 

When the fire is sent by our enemies:
 
Daniel 3:24-28
    24Then Nebuchadnezzar the king [saw and] was astounded, and he jumped up and said to his counselors, Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered, True, O king.
    25He answered, Behold, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt! And the form of the fourth is like a son of the gods!
    26Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, you servants of the Most High God, come out and come here. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out from the midst of the fire.
    27And the satraps, the deputies, the governors, and the king's counselors gathered around together and saw these men--that the fire had no power upon their bodies, nor was the hair of their head singed; neither were their garments scorched or changed in color or condition, nor had even the smell of smoke clung to them.
    28Then Nebuchadnezzar said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, Who has sent His angel and delivered His servants who believed in, trusted in, and relied on Him! And they set aside the king's command and yielded their bodies rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.

 
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Before we look at other verses which have to do with God’s fire and zeal, let’s see what He says about Himself in these similarly-worded verses:
 
Exodus 34:6
    6And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord! the Lord! a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in loving-kindness and truth,
 
Psalm 86:5
    5For You, O Lord, are good, and ready to forgive [our trespasses, sending them away, letting them go completely and forever]; and You are abundant in mercy and loving-kindness to all those who call upon You.
 
Psalm 86:15
    15But You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in mercy and loving-kindness and truth.
 
Psalm 103:8
    8The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and plenteous in mercy and loving-kindness.
 
Psalm 145:8-9
    8The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and abounding in mercy and loving-kindness.
    9The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works [the entirety of all things created].

 
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With these in mind, now let’s look at other verses which have to do with God’s fire and zeal.
 
First, He speaks:
 
Isaiah 43:2
    2When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned or scorched, nor will the flame kindle upon you.
 
Jeremiah 23:29
    29Is not My word like fire [that consumes all that cannot endure the test]? says the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks in pieces the rock [of most stubborn resistance]?
 
Zechariah 2:5
    5For I, says the Lord, will be to her a wall of fire round about, and I will be the glory in the midst of her.
 
Zechariah 13:9
    9And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined and will test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will hear and answer them. I will say, It is My people; and they will say, The Lord is my God.
 
Revelation 3:18
    18Therefore I counsel you to purchase from Me gold refined and tested by fire, that you may be [truly] wealthy, and white clothes to clothe you and to keep the shame of your nudity from being seen, and salve to put on your eyes, that you may see.
 
Revelation 3:19
    19Those whom I [dearly and tenderly] love, I tell their faults and convict and convince and reprove and chasten [I discipline and instruct them]. So be enthusiastic and in earnest and burning with zeal and repent [changing your mind and attitude].
 

Now, Jesus, Who perfectly represents Father God’s love for you, speaks about fire and zeal:
 
Matthew 7:15-20
    15Beware of false prophets, who come to you dressed as sheep, but inside they are devouring wolves.
    16You will fully recognize them by their fruits. Do people pick grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles?
    17Even so, every healthy (sound) tree bears good fruit [worthy of admiration], but the sickly (decaying, worthless) tree bears bad (worthless) fruit.
    18A good (healthy) tree cannot bear bad (worthless) fruit, nor can a bad (diseased) tree bear excellent fruit [worthy of admiration].
    19Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire.
    20Therefore, you will fully know them by their fruits.
 
Matthew 13:36-43
    36Then He left the throngs and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him saying, Explain to us the parable of the darnel in the field.
    37He answered, He Who sows the good seed is the Son of Man.
    38The field is the world, and the good seed means the children of the kingdom; the darnel is the children of the evil one,
    39And the enemy who sowed it is the devil. The harvest is the close and consummation of the age, and the reapers are angels.
    40Just as the darnel (weeds resembling wheat) is gathered and burned with fire, so it will be at the close of the age.
    41The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all causes of offense [persons by whom others are drawn into error or sin] and all who do iniquity and act wickedly,
    42And will cast them into the furnace of fire; there will be weeping and wailing and grinding of teeth.
    43Then will the righteous (those who are upright and in right standing with God) shine forth like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let him who has ears [to hear] be listening, and let him consider and perceive and understand by hearing.
 
Matthew 13:44-52
    44The kingdom of heaven is like something precious buried in a field, which a man found and hid again; then in his joy he goes and sells all he has and buys that field.
    45Again the kingdom of heaven is like a man who is a dealer in search of fine and precious pearls,
    46Who, on finding a single pearl of great price, went and sold all he had and bought it.
    47Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet which was cast into the sea and gathered in fish of every sort.
    48When it was full, men dragged it up on the beach, and sat down and sorted out the good fish into baskets, but the worthless ones they threw away.
    49So it will be at the close and consummation of the age. The angels will go forth and separate the wicked from the righteous (those who are upright and in right standing with God)
    50And cast them [the wicked] into the furnace of fire; there will be weeping and wailing and grinding of teeth.
    51Have you understood all these things [parables] taken together? They said to Him, Yes, Lord.
    52He said to them, Therefore every teacher and interpreter of the Sacred Writings who has been instructed about and trained for the kingdom of heaven and has become a disciple is like a householder who brings forth out of his storehouse treasure that is new and [treasure that is] old [the fresh as well as the familiar].
 
Mark 9:49-50
    49For everyone shall be salted with fire.
    50Salt is good (beneficial), but if salt has lost its saltness, how will you restore [the saltness to] it? Have salt within yourselves, and be at peace and live in harmony with one another.
 

Jesus was sent by God for one mission ― to shed His Blood and die for you and me. Knowing He was going to be crucified, Jesus displayed His zeal and passion for us in these last words:
 
John 15:All
    1 I AM the True Vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser.
    2Any branch in Me that does not bear fruit [that stops bearing] He cuts away (trims off, takes away); and He cleanses and repeatedly prunes every branch that continues to bear fruit, to make it bear more and richer and more excellent fruit.
    3You are cleansed and pruned already, because of the word which I have given you [the teachings I have discussed with you].
    4Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me.
    5 I AM the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.
    6If a person does not dwell in Me, he is thrown out like a [broken-off] branch, and withers; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and they are burned.
    7If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.
    8When you bear (produce) much fruit, My Father is honored and glorified, and you show and prove yourselves to be true followers of Mine.
    9I have loved you, [just] as the Father has loved Me; abide in My love [continue in His love with Me].
    10If you keep My commandments [if you continue to obey My instructions], you will abide in My love and live on in it, just as I have obeyed My Father's commandments and live on in His love.
    11I have told you these things, that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy and gladness may be of full measure and complete and overflowing.
    12This is My commandment: that you love one another [just] as I have loved you.
    13No one has greater love [no one has shown stronger affection] than to lay down (give up) his own life for his friends.
    14You are My friends if you keep on doing the things which I command you to do.
    15I do not call you servants (slaves) any longer, for the servant does not know what his master is doing (working out). But I have called you My friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from My Father. [I have revealed to you everything that I have learned from Him.]
    16You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed you [I have planted you], that you might go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit may be lasting [that it may remain, abide], so that whatever you ask the Father in My Name [as presenting all that I AM], He may give it to you.
    17This is what I command you: that you love one another.
    18If the world hates you, know that it hated Me before it hated you.
    19If you belonged to the world, the world would treat you with affection and would love you as its own. But because you are not of the world [no longer one with it], but I have chosen (selected) you out of the world, the world hates (detests) you.
    20Remember that I told you, A servant is not greater than his master [is not superior to him]. If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word and obeyed My teachings, they will also keep and obey yours.
    21But they will do all this to you [inflict all this suffering on you] because of [your bearing] My Name and on My account, for they do not know or understand the One Who sent Me.
    22If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin [would be blameless]; but now they have no excuse for their sin.
    23Whoever hates Me also hates My Father.
    24If I had not done (accomplished) among them the works which no one else ever did, they would not be guilty of sin. But [the fact is] now they have both seen [these works] and have hated both Me and My Father.
    25But [this is so] that the word written in their Law might be fulfilled, They hated Me without a cause.
    26But when the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Standby) comes, Whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth Who comes (proceeds) from the Father, He [Himself] will testify regarding Me.
    27But you also will testify and be My witnesses, because you have been with Me from the beginning.
 
John 16:1-29
    1I have told you all these things, so that you should not be offended (taken unawares and falter, or be caused to stumble and fall away). [I told you to keep you from being scandalized and repelled.]
    2They will put you out of (expel you from) the synagogues; but an hour is coming when whoever kills you will think and claim that he has offered service to God.
    3And they will do this because they have not known the Father or Me.
    4But I have told you these things now, so that when they occur you will remember that I told you of them. I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you.
    5But now I AM going to Him Who sent Me, yet none of you asks Me, Where are You going?
    6But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts [taken complete possession of them].
    7However, I AM telling you nothing but the truth when I say it is profitable (good, expedient, advantageous) for you that I go away. Because if I do not go away, the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you [into close fellowship with you]; but if I go away, I will send Him to you [to be in close fellowship with you].
    8And when He comes, He will convict and convince the world and bring demonstration to it about sin and about righteousness (uprightness of heart and right standing with God) and about judgment:
    9About sin, because they do not believe in Me [trust in, rely on, and adhere to Me];
    10About righteousness (uprightness of heart and right standing with God), because I go to My Father, and you will see Me no longer;
    11About judgment, because the ruler (evil genius, prince) of this world [Satan] is judged and condemned and sentence already is passed upon him.
    12I have still many things to say to you, but you are not able to bear them or to take them upon you or to grasp them now.
    13But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth). For He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future].
    14He will honor and glorify Me, because He will take of (receive, draw upon) what is Mine and will reveal (declare, disclose, transmit) it to you.
    15Everything that the Father has is Mine. That is what I meant when I said that He [the Spirit] will take the things that are Mine and will reveal (declare, disclose, transmit) it to you.
    16In a little while you will no longer see Me, and again after a short while you will see Me.
    17So some of His disciples questioned among themselves, What does He mean when He tells us, In a little while you will no longer see Me, and again after a short while you will see Me, and, Because I go to My Father?
    18What does He mean by a little while? We do not know or understand what He is talking about.
    19Jesus knew that they wanted to ask Him, so He said to them, Are you wondering and inquiring among yourselves what I meant when I said, In a little while you will no longer see Me, and again after a short while you will see Me?
    20I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that you shall weep and grieve, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy.
    21A woman, when she gives birth to a child, has grief (anguish, agony) because her time has come. But when she has delivered the child, she no longer remembers her pain (trouble, anguish) because she is so glad that a man (a child, a human being) has been born into the world.
    22So for the present you are also in sorrow (in distress and depressed); but I will see you again and [then] your hearts will rejoice, and no one can take from you your joy (gladness, delight).
    23And when that time comes, you will ask nothing of Me [you will need to ask Me no questions]. I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that My Father will grant you whatever you ask in My Name [as presenting all that I AM].
    24Up to this time you have not asked a [single] thing in My Name [as presenting all that I AM]; but now ask and keep on asking and you will receive, so that your joy (gladness, delight) may be full and complete.
    25I have told you these things in parables (veiled language, allegories, dark sayings); the hour is now coming when I shall no longer speak to you in figures of speech, but I shall tell you about the Father in plain words and openly (without reserve).
    26At that time you will ask (pray) in My Name; and I AM not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf [for it will be unnecessary].
    27For the Father Himself [tenderly] loves you because you have loved Me and have believed that I came out from the Father.
    28I came out from the Father and have come into the world; again, I AM leaving the world and going to the Father.
    29His disciples said, Ah, now You are speaking plainly to us and not in parables (veiled language and figures of speech)!