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.
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.
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.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
That thou shouldest take them out of the world - Though they were going into trials and persecutions, yet Jesus did not pray that they might be removed soon from them. It was better that they should endure them, and thus spread abroad the knowledge of his name. It would be easy for God to remove his people at once to heaven, but it is better for them to remain, and show the power of religion in supporting the soul in the midst of trial, and to spread his gospel among men.
Shouldest keep them from the evil - This may mean either from the evil one that is, the devil, or from evil in general that is, from apostasy, from sinking in temptation. Preserve them from that evil, or give them such grace that they may endure all trials and be sustained amid them. See the notes at Matthew 6:13. It matters little how long we are in this world if we are kept in this manner.
LibraryJuly 20 Morning
They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.--JOHN 17:16. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.--In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. Such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners.--That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation. Jesus of Nazareth . . . went about doing good, and …
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path
November 27 Morning
Christ's Summary of his Work
"But let your statement be, 'Yes, yes ' or 'No, no'; anything beyond these is of evil.
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.'
but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers."
1 John 5:19
We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.
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