John 17:16
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New International Version
They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.

New Living Translation
They do not belong to this world any more than I do.

English Standard Version
They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.

New American Standard Bible
"They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

King James Bible
They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They are not of the world, as I am not of the world.

International Standard Version
They don't belong to the world, just as I don't belong to the world.

NET Bible
They do not belong to the world just as I do not belong to the world.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“For they are not from the world, even as I am not from the world.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They don't belong to the world any more than I belong to the world.

Jubilee Bible 2000
They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

King James 2000 Bible
They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

American King James Version
They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

American Standard Version
They are not of the world even as I am not of the world.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They are not of the world, as I also am not of the world.

Darby Bible Translation
They are not of the world, as I am not of the world.

English Revised Version
They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

Webster's Bible Translation
They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

Weymouth New Testament
They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world.

World English Bible
They are not of the world even as I am not of the world.

Young's Literal Translation
'Of the world they are not, as I of the world am not;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

17:11-16 Christ does not pray that they might be rich and great in the world, but that they might be kept from sin, strengthened for their duty, and brought safe to heaven. The prosperity of the soul is the best prosperity. He pleaded with his holy Father, that he would keep them by his power and for his glory, that they might be united in affection and labours, even according to the union of the Father and the Son. He did not pray that his disciples should be removed out of the world, that they might escape the rage of men, for they had a great work to do for the glory of God, and the benefit of mankind. But he prayed that the Father would keep them from the evil, from being corrupted by the world, the remains of sin in their hearts, and from the power and craft of Satan. So that they might pass through the world as through an enemy's country, as he had done. They are not left here to pursue the same objects as the men around them, but to glorify God, and to serve their generation. The Spirit of God in true Christians is opposed to the spirit of the world.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - They are not of the world, even as of the world I am not. This verse simply repeats, with alteration of order, the clause of Ver. 14 as the basis of the next great petition. Ver. 14 draws the comparison between Christ and the disciples; Ver. 16 lays, by a transposition of words, the greater emphasis on "the world." Alas that this great utterance should so often be utterly ignored! How often in our own days, is other-worldliness and unworldliness derided as a pestilent heresy, and "a man of the world," instinct with its purpose and saturated with its spirit, lauded as the true man and ideal leader of a Christian state!

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. These words are repeated from John 17:14, where they are given as a reason of the world's hatred to them; and here, as showing that they are exposed to the evil of it; and in both are used as an argument with his Father, that he would take notice of them, and preserve them.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world—(See Joh 15:18, 19). This is reiterated here, to pave the way for the prayer which follows.

John 17:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
Prayer for the Disciples
15"I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. 16"They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17"Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.…
Cross References
John 8:23
But he continued, "You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.

John 17:14
I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.

1 John 4:5
They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them.
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