John 17:25
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New International Version
"Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me.

New Living Translation
"O righteous Father, the world doesn't know you, but I do; and these disciples know you sent me.

English Standard Version
O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me.

Berean Study Bible
Righteous Father, although the world has not known You, I know You, and they know that You sent Me.

Berean Literal Bible
Righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You, and these have known that You sent Me.

New American Standard Bible
"O righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me;

King James Bible
O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Righteous Father! The world has not known You. However, I have known You, and these have known that You sent Me.

International Standard Version
"Righteous Father, the world has never known you. Yet I have known you, and these men have known that you sent me.

NET Bible
Righteous Father, even if the world does not know you, I know you, and these men know that you sent me.

New Heart English Bible
Righteous Father, the world hasn't known you, but I knew you; and these knew that you sent me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“My Righteous Father, although the world has not known you, I have known you, and these have known that you have sent Me.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Righteous Father, the world didn't know you. Yet, I knew you, and these [disciples] have known that you sent me.

New American Standard 1977
“O righteous Father, although the world has not known Thee, yet I have known Thee; and these have known that Thou didst send Me;

Jubilee Bible 2000
O righteous Father, the world has not known thee; but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.

King James 2000 Bible
O righteous Father, the world has not known you: but I have known you, and these have known that you have sent me.

American King James Version
O righteous Father, the world has not known you: but I have known you, and these have known that you have sent me.

American Standard Version
O righteous Father, the world knew thee not, but I knew thee; and these knew that thou didst send me;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Just Father, the world hath not known thee; but I have known thee: and these have known that thou hast sent me.

Darby Bible Translation
Righteous Father, -- and the world has not known thee, but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.

English Revised Version
O righteous Father, the world knew thee not, but I knew thee; and these knew that thou didst send me;

Webster's Bible Translation
O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.

Weymouth New Testament
And, righteous Father, though the world has failed to recognize Thee, I have known Thee, and these have perceived that Thou didst send me.

World English Bible
Righteous Father, the world hasn't known you, but I knew you; and these knew that you sent me.

Young's Literal Translation
'Righteous Father, also the world did not know Thee, and I knew Thee, and these have known that Thou didst send me,
Study Bible
Prayer for all Believers
24Father, I want those You have given Me to be with Me where I am, that they may see the glory You gave Me because You loved Me before the foundation of the world. 25Righteous Father, although the world has not known You, I know You, and they know that You sent Me. 26And I have made Your name known to them and will continue to make it known, so that the love You have for Me may be in them, and I in them.”…
Cross References
Matthew 11:27
All things have been entrusted to Me by My Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him.

John 3:17
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.

John 7:29
but I know Him, because I am from Him and He sent Me."

John 15:21
But they will treat you like this on account of My name, because they do not know the One who sent Me.

John 16:3
They will do these things because they have not known the Father or Me.

John 17:3
Now this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.

John 17:8
For I have given them the words You gave Me, and they have received them. They knew with certainty that I came from You, and they believed that You sent Me.

John 17:11
I will no longer be in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, protect them by Your name, the name You gave Me, so that they may be one as We are one.

1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Revelation 16:5
And I heard the angel of the waters say: "Righteous are You, O Holy One, who is and who was, because You have brought these judgments.
Treasury of Scripture

O righteous Father, the world has not known you: but I have known you, and these have known that you have sent me.

righteous.

John 17:11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and …

Isaiah 45:21 Tell you, and bring them near; yes, let them take counsel together: …

Romans 3:26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might …

the world.

John 8:19,55 Then said they to him, Where is your Father? Jesus answered, You …

John 15:21 But all these things will they do to you for my name's sake, because …

John 16:3 And these things will they do to you, because they have not known …

Matthew 11:27 All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knows the …

Luke 10:22 All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knows who …

Acts 17:23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with …

Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and …

Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God …

Romans 3:11 There is none that understands, there is none that seeks after God.

1 Corinthians 1:21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God…

1 Corinthians 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge …

2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which …

Galatians 4:8,9 However, then, when you knew not God, you did service to them which …

2 Thessalonians 1:8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that …

Hebrews 8:11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbor, and every man his …

1 John 5:19,20 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in wickedness…

Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell on the earth shall worship him…

but.

John 1:18 No man has seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is …

John 5:19,20 Then answered Jesus and said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, …

John 7:29 But I know him: for I am from him, and he has sent me.

John 10:15 As the Father knows me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down …

these.

John 17:8 For I have given to them the words which you gave me; and they have …

John 6:19 So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, …

John 16:27,30 For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me, and …

Matthew 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of …

(25) O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee.--Better, . . . the world indeed knew Thee not. In these closing words of His prayer, our Lord again solemnly appeals to the Father (comp. Notes on John 17:1; John 17:5; John 17:11), but now with the special thought of the Father's righteousness. This thought follows upon the prayer that those whom the Father had given Him may be where He is, and behold the divine glory; and the connection seems to be in the thought that sinful humanity cannot see God and live. The world, indeed, knew not God (comp. John 15:21; John 16:3), but the Son knew God, and the disciples had recognised that He had been sent by God, and in their knowledge of Him had passed through a moral' change, by which they were no longer of the world, but were sons of God (John 1:12).

Verse 25. - The prayer is thus over, and once more the great High Priest and Victim declares concerning himself some of the mysteries of his Person and of his relation with his disciples and with the world. O righteous Father (cf. Vers. 1, 5, Πάτερ simply; Ver. 11, πάτερ α{γιε; Ver. 24, Πάτερ without any characterization). The righteousness of God is a more exalted perfection than his holiness, one that might seem more at variance with the exercise of his paternal compassion; yet this righteousness is conspicuously displayed in the redemptive love which Christ had thus manifested, and the beloved disciple (1 John 1:9) declares that God is faithful and "righteous" in forgiving the repentant sinner. The blending of the idea of righteousness with Fatherhood is the sublime revelation made by the Lord Jesus, and he gathers the two ideas together into an indissoluble unity. Justice and mercy are seen by the whole work of the Son of God to have been the outflow and effulgence of the one all-comprehending and infinite love. The καὶ that here follows has created some difficulty, though some manuscripts emit it (D and Vulgate), probably in consequence of its inappropriateness; but it is received on strong ancient authority. Meyer and Hengstenberg take it thus: Righteous Father (yea, such thou art), and (yet) the world knew thee not. But would our Lord have hesitated, as it were, to express this truth, without justifying it against the unbelief of the world? Moulton tries to explain the simple adversative force of the καὶ and δὲ by "both the world learned not to know thee, but I learned to know thee." Godet has expressed the καὶ more effectively by translating, The world, it is true, knew thee not, but I knew thee. The Revised Version has, with the Authorized Version, simply omitted the καὶ. It is one of the most solemn of the Lord's condemnations of the κόσμος. The Apostle Paul said (1 Corinthians 1:21), "The world through its wisdom knew not God;" and in Romans 1:18-23 he shows that this ignorance was willful and practical and without excuse. The history of the struggling of the world after God has shown how dense the human darkness is. There have been signs that men groped after the idea of a Father who should be blind to their faults and indifferent to their follies, and utter a righteous Lord who has exalted righteousness and hated iniquity; but it was left for Christ to blend these apparently discordant beams into the radiance of a perfect glory. How many illustrations do the sad and shameless perversions of human intelligence supply! But I knew thee, because of the eternity of that ineffable love wherewith thou hast loved me, and because of the depth of that righteous love which thou hast manifested to the world in sending me upon my mission. And these knew - came to know by personal intuition - that thou didst send me (cf. John 16:27, and Vers. 8, 23) on the mission of redeeming the world. They have learned that I have come with all thy authority and in all thy power; that I have come out from thee; that I entered into the world; that I have glorified thee among men; that my thoughts are thy thoughts, and my "words" (ῤημάτα) are thy (Logos) "Word;" that my works of love are the works of the Father; and that my promises are the manifestation of thy Name to the men whom thou hast given me. O righteous Father,.... God is righteous in all the divine persons: the Father is righteous, the Son is righteous, and the Holy Spirit is righteous: he is so in his nature; righteousness is a perfection of it; he is so in all his purposes and promises; in all his ways and works of providence and grace; in predestination, redemption, justification, pardon of sin, and eternal glory. Christ makes use of this epithet, as containing a reason why he might justly expect that all his petitions and claims, on behalf of himself and people, would be regarded:

the world hath not known thee; the unbelieving Jews, and idolatrous Gentiles, wicked men, one or another, know not God: as not the Father, so neither the Son, nor Spirit; though deity may be known by them, or that there is a God, yet they know not God in Christ, nor as the Father of Christ, or as their Father in him, nor what it is to have communion with him; nor do they know any of the things of God in a spiritual way; which shows the darkness and blindness of men by nature, the necessity of a divine illumination, and the miserable state of men without one:

but I have known thee; his nature, perfections and glory, his secret thoughts, purposes and designs, his covenant, promises and blessings, his love, grace and good will to his people, his whole mind and will; as he needs must, since he was one with him, and lay in his bosom;

and these have known that thou hast sent me; meaning his disciples and apostles, whom he distinguishes from the world; these knew the Father that sent him, and that he was sent by the Father; they knew the love of the Father in sending of him, the manner in which he was sent, and the end, man's redemption, for which he was sent; and acknowledged all this, and which laid them under an obligation to trust in him, love him, and magnify his grace; and is used by Christ as an argument with the Father to be concerned for them. 25. O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee—knew thee not.

but I have known thee—knew thee.

and these have known—knew.

that thou hast sent—sentest

me—As before He said "Holy Father," when desiring the display of that perfection on His disciples (Joh 17:11), so here He styles Him "Righteous Father," because He is appealing to His righteousness or justice, to make a distinction between those two diametrically opposite classes—"the world," on the one hand, which would not "know the Father, though brought so nigh to it in the Son of His love, and, on the other, Himself, who recognized and owned Him, and even His disciples, who owned His mission from the Father.17:24-26 Christ, as one with the Father, claimed on behalf of all that had been given to him, and should in due time believe on him, that they should be brought to heaven; and that there the whole company of the redeemed might behold his glory as their beloved Friend and Brother, and therein find happiness. He had declared and would further declare the name or character of God, by his doctrine and his Spirit, that, being one with him, the love of the Father to him might abide with them also. Thus, being joined to Him by one Spirit, they might be filled with all the fulness of God, and enjoy a blessedness of which we can form no right idea in our present state.
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