John 17
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Jesus Prays for Himself, His Disciples, and His Future Followers

1After Jesus had said this, he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, so that the Son may glorify you. 2Fora you have given him authority over all humanityb so that he might give eternal life to all those you gave him. 3And this is eternal life: to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent—Jesus the Messiah.c 4I glorified you on earth by completing the task you gave me to do.

5“So now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world existed. 6I have made your name known to these men whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7Now they realize that everything you gave me comes from you, 8because the words that you gave me I passed on to them. They have received them and know for sure that I came from you. They have believed that you sent me.

9“I am asking on their behalf. I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those you gave me, because they are yours. 10All that is mine is yours, and what is yours is mine, and I have been glorified through them. 11I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by your Name, the Named that you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one. 12While I was with them, I protected them by the authoritye that you gave me. I guarded them, and not one of them became lost except the one who was destined forf destruction, so that the Scripture might be fulfilled.

13“And now I am coming to you, and I say these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. 14I have given them your word, and the world has hated them, because they do not belong to the world, just as I don’t belong to the world. 15I’m not asking you to take them out of the world but to protect them from the evil one. 16They don’t belong to the world, just as I don’t belong to the world.

17“Sanctify them by the truth. Your word is truth. 18Just as you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19It is for their sakes that I sanctify myself, so that they, too, may be sanctified by the truth. 20I ask not only on behalf of these men,g but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their message, 21so that they may all be one. Just as you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be oneh in us, so that the world may believe that you sent me.

22“I have given them the glory that you gave me, so that they may be one, just as we are one. 23I am in them, and you are in me. May they be completely one, so that the world may know that you sent me and that you have loved them as you loved me. 24Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am and to see my glory, which you gave me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

25“Righteous Father, the world has never known you. Yet I have known you, and these men have known that you sent me. 26I made your name known to them, and will continue to make it known, so that the love you have for mei may be in them and I myself may be in them.”

a 17:2 Lit. Just as
b 17:2 Lit. flesh
c 17:3 Or Christ
d 17:11 Lit. the one
e 17:12 Lit. by your name
f 17:12 Lit. the son of
g 17:20 The Gk. lacks men
h 17:21 Other mss. lack one
i 17:26 Lit. the love with which you loved me

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