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John 17

Jesus Prays for the Father to Glorify Him

1 Jesus spoke these [things], and having lifted up his eyes to heavens he said: Father, the hour is come. Glorify your son, in order that the son glorify you. 2 Just as you gave to him authority over all flesh, in order that all that you gave to him, he give to them eternal zoe-life1 . 3 This is eternal zoe-life1, that they know you the only true God and whom you sent, Jesus Christ. 4 I glorified you upon the earth, having completed the work that you gave me in order that I do [it]; 5 and now glorify me, father, in your presence2 with the glory that I had in your presence2 before the world was.

Jesus Prays for the Disciples

6 I revealed your name to the men whom you gave to me out of the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept3 your word. 7 Now they know that all, whatsoever you gave to me, is from you; 8 that the words you gave to me I have given to them, and they received [them] and they knew truly that I came from beside you2, and they believed that you sent me. 9 I ask4 concerning them, not concerning the world do I ask4, but concerning whom you have given me, because they are yours, 10 and all mine is yours and yours mine, and I have been glorified by them. 11 And no longer am I in the world, and [yet] they are in the world, and I come to you. Holy father, keep3 them in your name that you have given to me, in order that they be one just as we [are]. 12 When I was with them, I was keeping3 them in your name that you have given me, and I guarded3 [them] and no one of them perished5 except the son of destruction6, in order that the scripture be fulfilled. 13 But now I come to you, and I speak these [things] in the world in order that they have my joy made full in them. 14 I have given them your word, and the world hated them, because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask4 that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the wicked7 [one]. 16 They are not of the world just as I am not of the world. 17 Make them holy in the truth; your word is truth. 18 Just as you sent me into the world, I also sent them into the world. 19 And in their behalf do I make myself holy, in order that they also be made holy in [the] truth.

Jesus Prays for Believers Everywhere

20 But not concerning these only do I ask4, but also concerning those believing in me through their word, 21 in order that they all be one, just as you, father, [are] in me and I in you, in order that they also be in us, in order that the world believe that you sent me. 22 And the glory that you have given to me I have given to them, in order that they be one just as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, in order that they be completed8 into one [thing], in order that the world know you sent me and [that] you agape-loved them just as you agape-loved me.

24 Father, whom you have given me, I wish that where I am they also be with me, in order that they behold my glory, which you have given to me, because you agape-loved me before the foundation of the world. 25 Just father, the world also knew you not, but I knew you, and these [men] knew that you sent me; 26 and I made known to them your name and I will [continue to] make [it] known, in order that the agape-love with which you agape-loved me be in them and I in them.

1from ZOE "ZOH-ay" (ζωη)—Life 'collectively', interdependent, interconnected. Although it means 'life' in the conventional sense (for example: Matt.9:18, Matt.27:63, Luke.2:36, Acts.25:24, Rom.7:2, 2Cor.1:8, 1Thes.4:17, 1Tim.5:10, Rev.19:20), Jesus uses ZOE exclusively of 'life eternal' (with the possible exceptions of Luke.15:13, Luke.16:25). The other N.T. writers use ZOE in both senses—temporal and eternal, generally clear from the context. The Father is the 'zoe-living God' (see Matt.16:16). The Septuagint (LXX) in Gen.2:7 has "...[God] breathed into his nostrils the breath of zoe-life, and the man became a zoe-living psyche-life" (and see 1Cor.15:45); and Gen.3:20 (LXX) "And Adam called his wife's name ZOE, because she was the mother of all zoe-living." Contrast PSYCHE (ψυχη): an individual manifestation of life/consciousness. See John.12:25 where both ZOE and PSYCHE occur. Greek also has the word BIOS (βιoς ) for 'life' in the sense of biological processes.

2"beside you", "with you" in the sense of "in your presence", "in the same place". In John 17 the same construct occurs in John.17:5 (twice), and in John.17:8

3TAREO "tay-REH-oh" (τηρεω) to guard, protect; in the case of a commandment—to obey it.

4EROTAO (ερωταω) "Ask", but more polite, not demanding/begging as is AITEO. Both AITEO and EROTAO occur in John.16:26.

5APOLLUMI (απoλλυμι) To lose something that one previously possessed. Can also mean `ruin' or `destroy'—see Rev.9:11 where the angel of the Abyss is named `Apollyon' (same root word).

6noun form of APOLLUMI, "perished", just a few words earlier in the verse

7PONEROS (πoνηρoς ) here. The Greek word KAKOS (κακoς ) is always translated `evil', PONEROS is usually translated as `wicked' although occasionally as `bad'; it can also mean 'diseased', 'sickly' and is thus translated where appropriate. Like KAKOS, PONEROS also means `evil', but the harm that evil does is more in view, where KAKOS is more `evil as evil'.

8or "perfected"