New International Version
My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect 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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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
That thou shouldest take them out of the world - They must not yet leave the land of Judea: they had not as yet borne their testimony there, concerning Christ crucified and risen again from the dead. To take them away before this work was finished would not answer the gracious design of God. -
1. Christ does not desire that his faithful apostles should soon die, and be taken to God. No: but that they may live long, labor long, and bring forth much fruit.
2. He does not intimate that they should seclude themselves from the world by going to the desert, or to the cloisters; but that they should continue in and among the world, that they may have the opportunity of recommending the salvation of God.
3. Christ only prays that while they are in the world, employed in the work of the ministry, they may be preserved from the influence, του πονηρου, of the evil one, the devil, who had lately entered into Judas, John 13:27, and who would endeavor to enter into them, ruin their souls, and destroy their work. A devil without can do no harm; but a devil within ruins all.
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After this manner . . . pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven.--MATT. 6:9. Jesus lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father.--My Father, and your Father. Ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.--Ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. Because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into …
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path
February 21 Morning
December 31. "I Pray not that Thou Shouldst Take them Out of the World, but that Thou Shouldst Keep them from the Evil" (John xvii. 15).
November 5. "I in Them, and Thou in Me" (John xvii. 23).
All you need to say is simply 'Yes' or 'No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.'
But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers."
1 John 5:19
We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.
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