The High Priestly Prayer

17 Jesus spoke these things; and (A)raising His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father, the hour has come; (B)glorify Your Son, so that the Son may glorify You, just as (C)You gave Him authority over all [a]mankind, so that [b](D)to all whom You have given Him, (E)He may give eternal life. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, (F)the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom (G)You have sent. (H)I glorified You on the earth [c](I)by accomplishing the work which You have given Me to do. And now You, Father, (J)glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had (K)with You before the world existed.

(L)I have revealed Your name to the men whom (M)You gave Me out of the world; they were (N)Yours and You gave them to Me, and they have (O)followed Your word. Now they have come to know that everything which You have given Me is from You; for (P)the words which You gave Me (Q)I have given to them; and they received them and truly understood that (R)I came forth from You, and they believed that (S)You sent Me. (T)I ask on their behalf; (U)I do not ask on behalf of the world, but on the behalf of those whom (V)You have given Me, because (W)they are Yours; 10 and (X)all things that are Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine; and I have been glorified in them. 11 I am no longer going to be in the world; and yet (Y)they themselves are in the world, and (Z)I am coming to You. (AA)Holy Father, keep them in Your name, the name (AB)which You have given Me, so that (AC)they may be one just as We are. 12 While I was with them, I was keeping them in Your name, (AD)which You have given Me; and I guarded them, and (AE)not one of them perished except (AF)the [d]son of destruction, so that the (AG)Scripture would be fulfilled.

The Disciples in the World

13 But now (AH)I am coming to You; and (AI)these things I speak in the world so that they may have My (AJ)joy made full in themselves. 14 I have given them Your word; and (AK)the world has hated them because (AL)they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I am not asking You to take them out of the world, but to keep them away from [e](AM)the evil one. 16 (AN)They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 (AO)Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. 18 Just as (AP)You sent Me into the world, (AQ)I also sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I (AR)sanctify Myself, so that they themselves also may be (AS)sanctified (AT)in truth.

20 “I am not asking on behalf of these alone, but also for those who believe in Me through their word, 21 that they may all be one; (AU)just as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, (AV)so that the world may [f]believe that (AW)You sent Me.

Disciples’ Future Glory

22 The (AX)glory which You have given Me I also have given to them, so that they may be one, just as We are one; 23 (AY)I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected [g]in unity, so that the world may [h]know that (AZ)You sent Me, and You (BA)loved them, just as You loved Me. 24 Father, I desire that (BB)they also, whom You have given Me, (BC)be with Me where I am, so that they may see My (BD)glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before (BE)the foundation of the world.

25 (BF)Righteous Father, [i]although (BG)the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that (BH)You sent Me; 26 and (BI)I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that (BJ)the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

Judas Betrays Jesus

18 When Jesus had spoken these words, (BK)He went away with His disciples across (BL)the [j]ravine of the Kidron, where there was (BM)a garden which He entered [k]with His disciples. Now Judas, who was [l]betraying Him, also knew the place, because Jesus had (BN)often met there with His disciples. (BO)So Judas, having obtained (BP)the Roman [m]cohort and (BQ)officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, *came there with lanterns, (BR)torches, and weapons. Jesus therefore, (BS)knowing all the things that were coming upon Him, came out into the open and *said to them, (BT)Whom are you seeking?” They answered Him, “Jesus the Nazarene.” He *said to them, “I am He.” And Judas also, who was betraying Him, was standing with them. Now then, when He said to them, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground. He then asked them again, (BU)Whom are you seeking?” And they said, “Jesus the Nazarene.” Jesus answered, “I told you that I am He; so if you are seeking Me, let these men go on their way.” This took place so that the word which He spoke would be fulfilled: (BV)Of those whom You have given Me I lost not one.” 10 Then Simon Peter, (BW)since he had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s slave, and cut off his right ear; and the slave’s name was Malchus. 11 So Jesus said to Peter, “Put the sword into the sheath; (BX)the cup which the Father has given Me, am I not to drink it?”

Jesus before the Priests

12 (BY)So (BZ)the Roman [n]cohort, the [o]commander, and the (CA)officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound Him, 13 and brought Him to (CB)Annas first; for he was the father-in-law of (CC)Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. 14 Now Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that (CD)it was in their best interest for one man to die in behalf of the people.

15 (CE)Simon Peter was following Jesus, and so was another disciple. Now that disciple was known to the high priest, and he entered with Jesus into (CF)the courtyard of the high priest, 16 (CG)but Peter was standing at the door outside. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the doorkeeper, and brought Peter in. 17 (CH)Then the slave woman who was the doorkeeper *said to Peter, “(CI)You are not also one of this Man’s disciples, are you?” He *said, “I am not.” 18 Now the slaves and the (CJ)officers were standing there, having made (CK)a charcoal fire, for it was cold and they were (CL)warming themselves; and Peter was also with them, standing and warming himself.

19 (CM)The high priest then questioned Jesus about His disciples, and about His teaching. 20 Jesus answered him, “I (CN)have spoken openly to the world; I always (CO)taught in [p]synagogues and (CP)in the temple area, where all the Jews congregate; and I said nothing in secret. 21 Why are you asking Me? Ask those who have heard what I spoke to them. Look: these people know what I said.” 22 But when He said this, one of the (CQ)officers, who was standing nearby, (CR)struck Jesus, saying, “Is that the way You answer the high priest?” 23 (CS)Jesus answered him, “If I have spoken wrongly, testify of the wrong; but if rightly, why do you strike Me?” 24 (CT)So Annas sent Him bound to (CU)Caiaphas the high priest.

Peter’s Denial of Jesus

25 (CV)Now (CW)Simon Peter was still standing and warming himself. So they said to him, “(CX)You are not one of His disciples as well, are you?” He denied it, and said, “I am not.” 26 One of the slaves of the high priest, who was related to the one (CY)whose ear Peter cut off, *said, “Did I not see you in (CZ)the garden with Him?” 27 Peter then denied it again, and immediately (DA)a rooster crowed.

Jesus before Pilate

28 (DB)Then they *brought Jesus from (DC)Caiaphas into (DD)the [q]Praetorium, and it was early; and they themselves did not enter (DE)the [r]Praetorium, so that (DF)they would not be defiled, but might eat the Passover. 29 (DG)Therefore Pilate came out to them and *said, “What accusation are you bringing against this Man?” 30 They answered and said to him, “If this Man were not [s]a criminal, we would not have handed Him over to you.” 31 So Pilate said to them, “Take Him yourselves, and judge Him according to your law.” The Jews said to him, “We are not [t]permitted to put anyone to death.” 32 This happened so that (DH)the word of Jesus which He said, indicating what kind of death He was going to die, would be fulfilled.

33 Therefore Pilate (DI)entered the Praetorium again, and summoned Jesus and said to Him, “(DJ)You are the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered, “Are you saying this [u]on your own, or did others tell you about Me?” 35 Pilate answered, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests handed You over to me; what have You done?” 36 Jesus answered, (DK)My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not [v]of this realm.” 37 Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, (DL)You say correctly that I am a king. For this purpose I have been born, and for this I have come into the world: (DM)to testify to the truth. (DN)Everyone who is of the truth listens to My voice.” 38 Pilate *said to Him, “What is truth?”

And after saying this, he (DO)came out again to the Jews and *said to them, “(DP)I find no grounds at all for charges in [w]His case. 39 (DQ)However, you have a custom that I release one prisoner [x]for you at the Passover; therefore do you wish that I release [y]for you the King of the Jews?” 40 So they shouted again, saying, “(DR)Not this Man, but Barabbas.” Now Barabbas was a rebel.


  1. John 17:2 Lit flesh
  2. John 17:2 Lit everything that You have given Him, to them He may
  3. John 17:4 Or having accomplished
  4. John 17:12 Heb idiom for one destined to perish
  5. John 17:15 Or evil
  6. John 17:21 Gr tense indicates continually believe
  7. John 17:23 Lit into one
  8. John 17:23 Gr tense indicates continually know
  9. John 17:25 Lit even the world
  10. John 18:1 Lit winter torrent; or wadi
  11. John 18:1 Lit and
  12. John 18:2 Or handing Him over
  13. John 18:3 Normally 600 men (the number varied)
  14. John 18:12 Normally 600 men (the number varied)
  15. John 18:12 I.e., commander of the cohort
  16. John 18:20 Lit a synagogue
  17. John 18:28 I.e., governor’s official residence
  18. John 18:28 I.e., governor’s official residence
  19. John 18:30 Lit one doing evil
  20. John 18:31 I.e., under Roman law
  21. John 18:34 Lit from yourself
  22. John 18:36 Lit from here
  23. John 18:38 Lit Him
  24. John 18:39 Or to you
  25. John 18:39 Or to you

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