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

New Living Translation
And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth.

English Standard Version
And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

Berean Study Bible
Now this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.

Berean Literal Bible
Now this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.

King James Bible
And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

New King James Version
And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

New American Standard Bible
And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

NASB 1995
“This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

NASB 1977
“And this is eternal life, that they may know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent.

Amplified Bible
Now this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true [supreme and sovereign] God, and [in the same manner know] Jesus [as the] Christ whom You have sent.

Christian Standard Bible
This is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and the one you have sent —Jesus Christ.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and the One You have sent—Jesus Christ.

American Standard Version
And this is life eternal, that they should know thee the only true God, and him whom thou didst send, even Jesus Christ.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“But these things are eternal life: 'They shall know you, for you alone are The God of Truth, and Yeshua The Messiah whom you have sent.' “

Contemporary English Version
Eternal life is to know you, the only true God, and to know Jesus Christ, the one you sent.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now this is eternal life: That they may know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

English Revised Version
And this is life eternal, that they should know thee the only true God, and him whom thou didst send, even Jesus Christ.

Good News Translation
And eternal life means to know you, the only true God, and to know Jesus Christ, whom you sent.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is eternal life: to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you sent.

International Standard Version
And this is eternal life: to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent—Jesus the Messiah.

Literal Standard Version
and this is the continuous life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Him whom You sent—Jesus Christ;

NET Bible
Now this is eternal life--that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you sent.

New Heart English Bible
This is everlasting life, that they may know you, the only true God, and him whom you sent, Jesus Christ.

Weymouth New Testament
And in this consists the Life of the Ages--in knowing Thee the only true God and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent.

World English Bible
This is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and him whom you sent, Jesus Christ.

Young's Literal Translation
and this is the life age-during, that they may know Thee, the only true God, and him whom Thou didst send -- Jesus Christ;

Additional Translations ...
Context
Prayer for the Son
2For You granted Him authority over all people, so that He may give eternal life to all those You have given Him. 3Now this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only TRUE God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent. 4I have glorified You on earth by accomplishing the work You gave Me to do.…

Cross References
Proverbs 8:35
For whoever finds me finds life and obtains the favor of the LORD.

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 5:44
How can you believe if you accept glory from one another, yet do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?

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 17:18
As You sent Me into the world, I have also sent them into the world.

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.

John 17:23
I in them and You in Me--that they may be perfectly united, so that the world may know that You sent Me and have loved them just as You have loved Me.


Treasury of Scripture

And this is life eternal, that they might know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

this.

John 17:25
O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.

John 8:19,54,55
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…

1 Chronicles 28:9
And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.

the only.

John 14:9,10
Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? …

2 Chronicles 15:3
Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law.

Jeremiah 10:10
But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.

and Jesus.

John 3:17,34
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved…

John 5:36,37
But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me…

John 6:27-29,57
Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed…









(3) And this is life eternal.--For these words, which are more frequent in St. John than in any other of the New Testament writers, comp. John 3:15-16; John 3:36; John 5:24; John 5:39; John 6:27; John 6:40; John 6:47; John 6:54; John 6:68; John 10:28; John 12:25; John 12:50; 1John 1:2; 1John 2:15; 1John 3:15; 1John 5:11; 1John 5:13; 1John 5:20. The thought of the previous verse is that the Messianic work of Christ is to give eternal life to those whom God has given Him. The thought of the following verse is that He has accomplished this work. In this verse He shows in what its accomplishment consists--viz., in revealing to men the only true God through Jesus Christ. . . . Verse 3. - The life eternal, of which Jesus has just spoken, is this (cf. for construction, John 15:12; 1 John 3:11, 23; 1 John 5:3), that they might know - should come to know - thee, the only veritable God. All ideas of God which deviate from or fall short of "the Father" revealed to us by Christ, are not the veritable God, and the knowledge of them is not life eternal. The Father is here set forth as the fens Deitatis. This does not exclude "the Son," but is inconceivable without him. The Fatherhood expresses an eternal relation. The one element involves the ether as integral to itself: "I am in the Father, and the Father in me." There is a knowledge of the Father possible even now. "Henceforth, he has said, ye have seen him, and known him;" yet not till the veil is lifted, and we see face to face, shall we know as we are known (1 Corinthians 13:12; 1 John 3:2), shall we see him as he is. And him whom thou didst send, Jesus the Christ (not Jesus to be, or as Christ, but rather "Jesus the Christ," as the expansion and explanation of the more indefinite term, "him whom thou didst scud"). Why does our Lord add to this expression one that at first sight seems so incompatible with the idea of this prayer? It has led so careful and reverential a commentator as Westcott to remove the difficulty by supposing that the whole verse is a gloss of the evangelist, expressing the sense of what our Lord may have uttered at greater length. We are loath to admit this method of exegesis, especially as the sole reasons for it are the supposed strangeness of our Lord's here using a phrase so unaccustomed, and thus giving himself not only his Personal Name, but his own official title. It is unusual. The phrase does undoubtedly belong to a later period for its current and constant use. Yet it must not be forgotten

(1) that this is a unique moment in his career, and unique expressions may be anticipated;

(2) that it was calculated to strengthen his disciples, to allow them to hear once from his own lips the solemn claim to Messiahship (see Godet);

(3) that John himself at once adopted it as his own (Acts 3:6, 20; 1 John 1:3; 1 John 2:1, 22; 1 John 3:22; 1 John 4:2, 3; 1 John 5:1-20; Revelation 1:1, 2, 5); moreover, . . .

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
Now
δέ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

this
αὕτη (hautē)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3778: This; he, she, it.

is
ἐστιν (estin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

eternal
αἰώνιος (aiōnios)
Adjective - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 166: From aion; perpetual.

life,
ζωὴ (zōē)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 2222: Life, both of physical (present) and of spiritual (particularly future) existence. From zao; life.

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

they may know
γινώσκωσιν (ginōskōsin)
Verb - Present Subjunctive Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 1097: A prolonged form of a primary verb; to 'know' in a great variety of applications and with many implications.

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

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

only
μόνον (monon)
Adjective - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3441: Only, solitary, desolate. Probably from meno; remaining, i.e. Sole or single; by implication, mere.

TRUE
ἀληθινὸν (alēthinon)
Adjective - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's 228: True (lit: made of truth), real, genuine. From alethes; truthful.

God,
Θεὸν (Theon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

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

Jesus
Ἰησοῦν (Iēsoun)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's 2424: Of Hebrew origin; Jesus, the name of our Lord and two other Israelites.

Christ,
Χριστόν (Christon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's 5547: Anointed One; the Messiah, the Christ. From chrio; Anointed One, i.e. The Messiah, an epithet of Jesus.

whom
ὃν (hon)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3739: Who, which, what, that.

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


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