John 17:15
New International Version
My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.

New Living Translation
I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one.

English Standard Version
I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.

Berean Study Bible
I am not asking that You take them out of the world, but that You keep them from the evil one.

Berean Literal Bible
I do not ask that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from evil.

New American Standard Bible
"I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one.

King James Bible
I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

Christian Standard Bible
I am not praying that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.

Contemporary English Version
Father, I don't ask you to take my followers out of the world, but keep them safe from the evil one.

Good News Translation
I do not ask you to take them out of the world, but I do ask you to keep them safe from the Evil One.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I am not praying that You take them out of the world but that You protect them from the evil one.

International Standard Version
I'm not asking you to take them out of the world but to protect them from the evil one.

NET Bible
I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but that you keep them safe from the evil one.

New Heart English Bible
I pray not that you would take them from the world, but that you would keep them from the evil one.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“It is not that I am praying you would take them from the world, but that you would preserve them from The Evil One.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I'm not asking you to take them out of the world but to protect them from the evil one.

New American Standard 1977
“I do not ask Thee to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I do not pray that thou should take them out of the world, but that thou should keep them from the evil.

King James 2000 Bible
I pray not that you should take them out of the world, but that you should keep them from the evil.

American King James Version
I pray not that you should take them out of the world, but that you should keep them from the evil.

American Standard Version
I pray not that thou shouldest take them from the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil one .

Douay-Rheims Bible
I pray not that thou shouldst take them out of the world, but that thou shouldst keep them from evil.

Darby Bible Translation
I do not demand that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them out of evil.

English Revised Version
I pray not that thou shouldest take them from the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil one.

Webster's Bible Translation
I pray not that thou shouldst take them out of the world, but that thou shouldst keep them from the evil.

Weymouth New Testament
I do not ask that Thou wilt remove them out of the world, but that Thou wilt protect them from the Evil one.

World English Bible
I pray not that you would take them from the world, but that you would keep them from the evil one.

Young's Literal Translation
I do not ask that Thou mayest take them out of the world, but that Thou mayest keep them out of the evil.
Study Bible
Prayer for the Disciples
14I have given them Your word and the world has hated them; for they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15I am not asking that You take them out of the world, but that You keep them from the evil one. 16They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.…
Cross References
Matthew 5:37
Simply let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No.' Anything more comes from the evil one.

Matthew 6:13
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.'

Luke 22:32
But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith will not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers."

1 John 5:19
We know that we are of God, and that the whole world is under the power of the evil one.

Treasury of Scripture

I pray not that you should take them out of the world, but that you should keep them from the evil.

take.

Psalm 30:9
What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?

Ecclesiastes 9:10
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

Isaiah 38:18,19
For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth…

keep.

Genesis 48:16
The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.

1 Chronicles 4:10
And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.

Psalm 121:7
The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.







Lexicon
I am not asking
ἐρωτῶ (erōtō)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2065: Apparently from ereo; to interrogate; by implication, to request.

that
ἵνα (hina)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2443: In order that, so that. Probably from the same as the former part of heautou; in order that.

You take
ἄρῃς (arēs)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 142: To raise, lift up, take away, remove.

them
αὐτοὺς (autous)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

out of
ἐκ (ek)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1537: From out, out from among, from, suggesting from the interior outwards. A primary preposition denoting origin, from, out.

the
τοῦ (tou)
Article - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

world,
κόσμου (kosmou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2889: Probably from the base of komizo; orderly arrangement, i.e. Decoration; by implication, the world (morally).

but
ἀλλ’ (all’)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 235: But, except, however. Neuter plural of allos; properly, other things, i.e. contrariwise.

that
ἵνα (hina)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2443: In order that, so that. Probably from the same as the former part of heautou; in order that.

You keep
τηρήσῃς (tērēsēs)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 5083: From teros; to guard, i.e. To note; by implication, to detain; by extension, to withhold; by extension, to withhold.

them
αὐτοὺς (autous)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

from
ἐκ (ek)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1537: From out, out from among, from, suggesting from the interior outwards. A primary preposition denoting origin, from, out.

the
τοῦ (tou)
Article - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

evil [one].
πονηροῦ (ponērou)
Adjective - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 4190: Evil, bad, wicked, malicious, slothful.
(15) I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world.--The thought may naturally have come to their minds that they would be most effectually kept from the hatred and danger of which He had spoken if they were to be with Him taken out of the world. But there is for them a work in the world (John 17:18; John 17:24). He has finished the work His Father gave Him to do; He has glorified the Father on the earth (John 17:4). There is a work for them to glorify Him (John 17:10), and He prays not that they should be taken out of the world before their work is done. The Christian ideal is not freedom from work, but strength to do it; not freedom from temptation, but power to overcome it; not freedom from suffering, but joy in an abiding sense of the Father's love; not absence from the world, but grace to make the world better for our presence; not holy lives driven from the world, and living apart from it, but holy lives spent in the world and leavening it.

But that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.--Comp. Note on Matthew 6:13. The usage of St. John is, beyond question, in favour of the masculine. The only other passages where he uses the word in the singular are 1John 2:13-14; 1John 3:12; 1John 5:18-19. We have to bear in mind also that the present passage occurs in the second "Lord's Prayer," and that His prayer for them may with probability be interpreted in the same sense as the words in which He taught them to pray. On the whole, therefore, it seems likely, but yet is by no means certain, that we ought to read here, "that thou shouldest keep them from the evil one."

Verse 15. - The prayer of Jesus based on this. I pray (ἐρωτῶ, not αἰτεω; see Ver. 9; the ἵνα here defines the contents of the prayer) not that thou shouldest take them away - lift them up and out - out of the world, as thou art taking me by death. This natural desire on the part of some of them is not in harmony with the highest interests of the kingdom. Those interests it would henceforth be their high function to subserve. There is much testimony for them to bear, there are many great facts for them completely to grasp, many aspects of truth which they must put into words for the life and salvation of souls, individuals for them to teach and train, victories for them to win, examples which they must set before the world. If they are all to vanish from the eyes of men as Christ will do, the end of the manifestation will be sacrificed. The Lord prays, not that they should be taken out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them (τηρήσῃς, not φυλάξῃς) from the evil. The ἐκ τοῦ πονηροῦ is different from Matthew 6:13, ἀπὸ τοῦ πονηροῦ, and may possibly mean "from the evil one." Reuss, Meyer, and Revised Version accept the same translation here in virtue of 1 John 2:13; 1 John 3:12; 1 John 5:18; Revelation 3:10, where the devil is regarded as dominating, the realm, the atmosphere, the spirit, and the kingdom of this world. Over against this kingdom the Lord Christ, as the devil's great Rival, rules in the kingdom of grace. Luther, Calvin, Hengstenberg. Godet, Authorized Version, and numerous other commentators, have regarded τοῦ πονηροῦ as neuter, as referring to the great characteristic and all-subduing temper, the far-reaching glamour and the godless disposition of the world. Τὸ πονήρον includes ὁ πονήρος. 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.
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