John 17:25
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.

Christian Standard Bible
Righteous Father, the world has not known you. However, I have known you, and they have known that you sent me.

Contemporary English Version
Good Father, the people of this world don't know you. But I know you, and my followers know that you sent me.

Good News Translation
Righteous Father! The world does not know you, but I know you, and these know that you 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 I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.

Isaiah 45:21
Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.

Romans 3:26
To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

the world.

John 8:19,55
Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also…

John 15:21
But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me.

John 16:3
And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.

but.

John 1:18
No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

John 5:19,20
Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise…

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

these.

John 17:8
For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

John 6:19
So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid.

John 16:27,30
For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God…







Lexicon
Righteous
δίκαιε (dikaie)
Adjective - Vocative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1342: From dike; equitable; by implication, innocent, holy.

Father,
Πάτερ (Pater)
Noun - Vocative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3962: Father, (Heavenly) Father, ancestor, elder, senior. Apparently a primary word; a 'father'.

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

the
(ho)
Article - Nominative 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
κόσμος (kosmos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2889: Probably from the base of komizo; orderly arrangement, i.e. Decoration; by implication, the world (morally).

{has} not
οὐκ (ouk)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3756: No, not. Also ouk, and ouch a primary word; the absolute negative adverb; no or not.

known
ἔγνω (egnō)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1097: A prolonged form of a primary verb; to 'know' in a great variety of applications and with many implications.

You,
σε (se)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

I
ἐγὼ (egō)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

know
ἔγνων (egnōn)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1097: A prolonged form of a primary verb; to 'know' in a great variety of applications and with many implications.

You,
σε (se)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

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

[they]
οὗτοι (houtoi)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3778: This; he, she, it.

know
ἔγνωσαν (egnōsan)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1097: A prolonged form of a primary verb; to 'know' in a great variety of applications and with many implications.

that
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

You
σύ (sy)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

sent
ἀπέστειλας (apesteilas)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 649: From apo and stello; set apart, i.e. to send out literally or figuratively.

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