John 17 New Testament for Everyone (NTE)
Glorify the Son
17 After Jesus had said this, he lifted up his eyes to heaven.
‘Father,’ he said, ‘the moment has come. Glorify your son, so that your son may glorify you. 2 Do this in the same way as you did when you gave him authority over all flesh, so that he could give the life of God’s coming age to everyone you gave him. 3 And by “the life of God’s coming age” I mean this: that they should know you, the only true God, and Jesus the Messiah, the one you sent.
4 ‘I glorified you on earth, by completing the work you gave me to do. 5 So now, father, glorify me, alongside yourself, with the glory which I had with you before the world existed.
6 ‘I revealed your name to the people you gave me out of the world. They belonged to you; you gave them to me; and they have kept your word. 7 Now they know that everything which you gave me comes from you. 8 I have given them the words you gave me, and they have received them. They have come to know, in truth, that I came from you. They have believed that you sent me.’
Jesus Prays for His People
9 ‘I’m praying for them. I’m not praying for the world, but for the people you’ve given me. They belong to you. 10 All mine are yours; all yours are mine; and I’m glorified in them.
11 ‘I’m not in the world any longer, but they’re still in the world; I’m coming to you. Holy father, keep them in your name, the name you’ve given to me, so that they may be one, just as we are one.
12 ‘When I was with them, I kept them in your name, the name you’ve given me. I guarded them, and none of them has been destroyed (except the son of destruction; that’s what the Bible said would happen). 13 But now I’m coming to you. I’m speaking these things in the world, so that they can have my joy fulfilled in them.
14 ‘I have given them your word. The world hated them, because they are not from the world, just as I am not from the world. 15 I’m not asking that you should take them out of the world, but that you should keep them from the evil one. 16 They didn’t come from the world, just as I didn’t come from the world. 17 Set them apart for yourself in the truth; your word is truth. 18 Just as you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world. 19 And on their account I set myself apart for you, so that they, too, may be set apart for you in the truth.’
That They May Be One
20 ‘I’m not praying simply for them. I’m praying, too, for the people who will come to believe in me because of their word. 21 I am praying that they may all be one – just as you, father, are in me, and I in you, that they too may be in us, so that the world may believe that you sent me.
22 ‘I have given them the glory which you have given to me, so that they may be one, just as we are one. 23 I in them, and you in me; yes, they must be completely one, so that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them just as you loved me.
24 ‘Father, I want the ones you’ve given me to be with me where I am. I want them to see my glory, the glory which you’ve given me, because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
25 ‘Righteous father, even the world didn’t know you. But I have known you, and these ones have known that you sent me. 26 I made your name known to them – yes, and I will make it known; so that the love with which you loved me may be in them, and I in them.’
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