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John 17 The Passion Translation (TPT)

Jesus Finished the Father’s Work

17 This is what Jesus prayed as he looked up into heaven,
    “Father, the time has come.
    Unveil the glorious splendor of your Son[a]
    so that I will magnify your glory!
You have already given me authority[b]
    over all people so that I may give
    the gift of eternal life to all those that you have given to me.
Eternal life means to know and experience you
    as the only true God,[c]
    and to know and experience Jesus Christ,
    as the Son whom you have sent.
I have glorified you on the earth
    by faithfully doing everything you’ve told me to do.
So my Father, restore me back to the glory
    that we shared together when we were face-to-face
    before the universe was created.”[d]

Jesus Prays for His Disciples

“Father, I have manifested who you really are
    and I have revealed you[e] to the men and women
    that you gave to me.[f]
    They were yours, and you gave them to me,
    and they have fastened your Word firmly to their hearts.
And now at last they know that everything I have is a gift from you,
And the very words you gave to me to speak
    I have passed on to them.
    They have received your words
    and carry them in their hearts.
    They are convinced that I have come from your presence,
    and they have fully believed that you sent me to represent you.
So with deep love,[g] I pray for my disciples.
    I’m not asking on behalf of the unbelieving world,[h]
    but for those who belong to you,
    those you have given me.
10 For all who belong to me now belong to you.
    And all who belong to you now belong to me as well,
    and my glory is revealed through their surrendered lives.[i]
11 “Holy Father, I am about to leave this world[j]
    to return and be with you,
    but my disciples will remain here.
    So I ask that by the power of your name,
    protect each one that you have given me,
    and watch over them so that they will be united
    as one, even as we are one.
12 While I was with these that you have given me,[k]
    I have kept them safe by your name that you have given me.
    Not one of them is lost,
    except the one that was destined to be lost,[l]
    so that the Scripture would be fulfilled.
13 “But now I am returning to you so Father,
    I pray[m] that they will experience
    and enter into my joyous delight in you[n]
    so that it is fulfilled in them and overflows.
14 I have given them your message
    and that is why the unbelieving world hates them.
    For their allegiance is no longer to this world
    because I am not of this world.
15 I am not asking that you remove them from the world,
    but I ask that you guard their hearts from evil,[o]
16 For they no longer belong to this world any more than I do.
17 “Your Word is truth! So make them holy by the truth.
18 I have commissioned them to represent me
    just as you commissioned me to represent you.
19 And now I dedicate myself to them as a holy sacrifice
    so that they will live as fully dedicated to God
    and be made holy by your truth.”[p]

Jesus Prays for You

20 “And I ask not only for these disciples,
    but also for all those who will one day
    believe in me through their message.
21 I pray for them all to be joined together as one[q]
    even as you and I, Father, are joined together as one.
    I pray for them to become one with us[r]
    so that the world will recognize that you sent me.
22 For the very glory you have given to me I have given them
    so that they will be joined together as one
    and experience the same unity that we enjoy.[s]
23 You live fully in me and now I live fully in them
    so that they will experience perfect unity,[t]
    and the world will be convinced that you have sent me,
    for they will see that you love each one of them
    with the same passionate love that you have for me.
24 “Father, I ask that you allow everyone that you have given to me
    to be with me where I am![u]
    Then they will see my full glory—
    the very splendor you have placed upon me
    because you have loved me even before the beginning of time.
25 “You are my righteous Father,[v]
    but the unbelieving world has never known you
    in the perfect way that I know you!
    And all those who believe in me[w]
    also know that you have sent me!
26 I have revealed to them who you are[x]
    and I will continue to make you even more real to them,
    so that they may experience the same endless love
    that you have for me,
    for your love will now live in them, even as I live in them!”


  1. John 17:1 Or “Glorify your Son!” The Father unveiled the glory of his Son on the cross, by the empty tomb, through his ascension into heaven, and by the mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon his church.
  2. John 17:2 The Aramaic is translated “responsibility.”
  3. John 17:3 The Aramaic is translated “the God of truth.” This alludes to Deut. 6:4.
  4. John 17:5 The Aramaic is translated “before the light of the universe.”
  5. John 17:6 Or “I have made known your name.” The Greek word, phaneroo, means “to make visible,” “to manifest,” “to reveal,” and “to be plainly recognized.” (See Strong’s Concordance, Gr. 5319.)
  6. John 17:6 Or “you gave to me out of the world.”
  7. John 17:9 The Aramaic can be translated “I desired (loved) them.” The Greek is “I pray for them.” The translator has chosen to include both concepts.
  8. John 17:9 This is emphatic in the Greek sentence structure. How could it be that Jesus loves the world and gave himself for the sin of the world, yet emphasizes that he is praying for his disciples and not praying for the world? Jesus’ coming into the world brings life to those who believe and judgment to those who do not. The implication is that the key to reaching the world is the life, maturity, unity, and love of the disciples. This does not mean that Jesus doesn’t love the world, but that the world will only be reached when the disciples come into the fullness of Christ and in unity of the faith. This is what consumes the heart of Jesus as he prays for them before the cross.
  9. John 17:10 Or “I am glorified in them.”
  10. John 17:11 Or “I am no longer in the world.”
  11. John 17:12 See footnote on v. 11.
  12. John 17:12 Or “son of perdition,” which is a Semitic idiom that means “to be destined to destruction.” This obviously refers to Judas, the betrayer. See also Ps. 41:9; John 6:70.
  13. John 17:13 Or “I speak these things [this prayer] in the world [before I leave].”
  14. John 17:13 This “delight” is more than happiness. It is the complete satisfaction that comes in knowing that our lives are pleasing to the Father and that we fulfill his desires on the earth. This is the delight that Jesus shares with us and prays that we would experience.
  15. John 17:15 Or “the Evil One” (or “Satan”). The implication is that the disciples of Jesus will influence the systems of this world but need to be preserved from evil influences.
  16. John 17:19 The Aramaic can be translated “And in their sight I will glorify [consecrate] myself, so that they will be glorified [consecrated] by the truth.”
  17. John 17:21 Jesus prayed for the birth of the church, made up of Jewish and non-Jewish believers.
  18. John 17:21 Or “in us.”
  19. John 17:22 It is important to note that the key to unity among believers is experiencing the glory of God that Jesus has imparted to us. As one with God through faith in Christ, he shares his glory with us, since we are not “another,” but have been made one with the triune God through the blood of Jesus. See Isa. 42:8.
  20. John 17:23 The Aramaic is “shrink into one.” When we see Jesus in one another, our vaulted opinions of ourselves will shrink.
  21. John 17:24 This is experienced not only after we die, but also took place when the ascended Christ took us up into the heavenly realm and seated us at his side with the Father. See Eph. 2:6; Col. 3:1-4.
  22. John 17:25 As translated from the Aramaic.
  23. John 17:25 The Greek is simply “these” (disciples).
  24. John 17:26 Or “I have revealed your name to them.”
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John 17 New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Prays to Be Glorified

17 After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:

“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.

Jesus Prays for His Disciples

“I have revealed you[a] to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of[b] your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by[c] that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.

13 “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. 14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by[d] the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.

Jesus Prays for All Believers

20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you[e] known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”


  1. John 17:6 Greek your name
  2. John 17:11 Or Father, keep them faithful to
  3. John 17:12 Or kept them faithful to
  4. John 17:17 Or them to live in accordance with
  5. John 17:26 Greek your name
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