John 17:20
New International Version
"My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,

New Living Translation
“I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message.

English Standard Version
“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word,

Berean Study Bible
I am not asking on behalf of them alone, but also on behalf of those who will believe in Me through their message,

Berean Literal Bible
But I do not ask for these only, but also for those believing in Me through their word,

New American Standard Bible
"I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word;

King James Bible
Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

Christian Standard Bible
"I pray not only for these, but also for those who believe in me through their word.

Contemporary English Version
I am not praying just for these followers. I am also praying for everyone else who will have faith because of what my followers will say about me.

Good News Translation
"I pray not only for them, but also for those who believe in me because of their message.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I pray not only for these, but also for those who believe in Me through their message.

International Standard Version
I ask not only on behalf of these men, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their message,

NET Bible
"I am not praying only on their behalf, but also on behalf of those who believe in me through their testimony,

New Heart English Bible
Not for these only do I pray, but for those also who believe in me through their word,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Neither do I pray only for them, but also for these who are trusting in me by their word,”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"I'm not praying only for them. I'm also praying for those who will believe in me through their message.

New American Standard 1977
“I do not ask in behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Neither do I pray for these alone, but also for those who shall believe in me through their word;

King James 2000 Bible
Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also who shall believe on me through their word;

American King James Version
Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

American Standard Version
Neither for these only do I pray, but for them also that believe on me through their word;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And not for them only do I pray, but for them also who through their word shall believe in me;

Darby Bible Translation
And I do not demand for these only, but also for those who believe on me through their word;

English Revised Version
Neither for these only do I pray, but for them also that believe on me through their word;

Webster's Bible Translation
Neither pray I for these alone; but for them also who shall believe on me through their word.

Weymouth New Testament
"Nor is it for them alone that I make request. It is also for those who trust in me through their teaching;

World English Bible
Not for these only do I pray, but for those also who believe in me through their word,

Young's Literal Translation
'And not in regard to these alone do I ask, but also in regard to those who shall be believing, through their word, in me;
Study Bible
Prayer for all Believers
19For them I sanctify Myself, so that they too may be sanctified by the truth. 20I am not asking on behalf of them alone, but also on behalf of those who will believe in Me through their message, 21that all of them may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I am in You. May they also be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.…
Cross References
John 10:16
I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them in as well, and they will listen to My voice. Then there will be one flock and one shepherd.

John 17:9
I ask on their behalf. I do not ask on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those You have given Me; for they are Yours.

John 17:19
For them I sanctify Myself, so that they too may be sanctified by the truth.

John 17:21
that all of them may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I am in You. May they also be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.

Treasury of Scripture

Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

pray.

John 17:6-11
I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word…

Ephesians 4:11
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

for them.

Acts 2:41
Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

Acts 4:4
Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand.

Romans 15:18,19
For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed, …







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.

on behalf
περὶ (peri)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 4012: From the base of peran; properly, through, i.e. Around; figuratively with respect to; used in various applications, of place, cause or time.

of them
τούτων (toutōn)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3778: This; he, she, it.

alone,
μόνον (monon)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3440: Alone, but, only. Neuter of monos as adverb; merely.

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

also
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

on behalf of
περὶ (peri)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 4012: From the base of peran; properly, through, i.e. Around; figuratively with respect to; used in various applications, of place, cause or time.

those who
τῶν (tōn)
Article - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

will believe
πιστευόντων (pisteuontōn)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 4100: From pistis; to have faith, i.e. Credit; by implication, to entrust.

in
εἰς (eis)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1519: A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.

Me
ἐμέ (eme)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

through
διὰ (dia)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1223: A primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through.

their
αὐτῶν (autōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 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.

message,
λόγου (logou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3056: From lego; something said; by implication, a topic, also reasoning or motive; by extension, a computation; specially, the Divine Expression.
(20) Neither pray I for these alone.--Comp. Note on John 17:9. The thought of the work to which the Apostles are to be consecrated and sent leads on to the wider thought of the Church which shall believe through their word, and the prayer is enlarged to include them.

But for them also which shall believe on me through their word.--All the best MSS. read, "but for them also which believe;" but the sense is not affected by the change. As we have again and again found in these chapters, the future of the Church is so immediately in our Lord's thoughts that it is spoken of as actually present. "Their word" is their witness concerning Him through which men should believe (John 15:27). He had manifested the nature of God to them; and they who had received His word and witnessed His work would become, by the indwelling of the Spirit in them, the means of extending this revelation of God to others. They would do this by means of the word which, in His name, they would preach. (Comp. Romans 10:14 et seq.)

Verses 20-26. -

(3) Prayer for the Church Catholic in all time. Verse 20. - Neither do I pray (ἐρωτῶ) for - concerning these alone, but also for those who believe on me through their word. The Lord summons the future into the present. He speaks of having once for all sent them, and he sees rising before his eye the multitudes in all ages who would believe their testimony as if already doing so. The universal Church rejoices in the fullness of his love and the greatness of his wish concerning the individuals who believe. The prayer is an eternal intercession. 17:20-23 Our Lord especially prayed, that all believers might be as one body under one head, animated by one soul, by their union with Christ and the Father in him, through the Holy Spirit dwelling in them. The more they dispute about lesser things, the more they throw doubts upon Christianity. Let us endeavour to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, praying that all believers may be more and more united in one mind and one judgment. Thus shall we convince the world of the truth and excellence of our religion, and find more sweet communion with God and his saints.
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