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John 17:1-26

17  This talk Jesus gave, and raised his eyes toward heaven and said “Father, the moment has come; glorify your son that your son may glorify you, 2  as you gave him jurisdiction over all mortals that to all that you have given him he might give eternal life— 3  and this is what the eternal life is, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ. 4  I glorified you on earth, carrying through the work you have given me to do; 5  now glorify me in turn, Father, alongside yourself with the glory that I did have alongside you before the world was. 6  “I disclosed your name to the men you gave me out of the world. They were yours and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7  They know now that everything you have ever given me is from you, 8  because I have given them the words that you gave me, and they had accepted them and knew to a certainty that I had come out from your presence, and had faith that you had sent me. 9  I am making request on their behalf; I do not make any on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you have given to me, because they are yours, 10  and everything of mine is yours and what is yours is mine, and I am glorified in them; 11  and I am no longer in the world, and they are in the world, and I am coming to you. “Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given to me, that they may be one just as we are. 12  When I was with them, I kept them in your name that you have given to me, and kept guard over them, and no one of them was lost except, in order that the text should be fulfilled, the one who was bound to be lost. 13  But now I am coming to you; and I am saying these things in the world that they may have my gladness brought to fullness in themselves. 14  I have given them your word, and the world hated them because they do not belong to the world just as I do not. 15  I am not asking that you take them clear out of the world, but that you keep them clear of what is bad. 16  They do not belong to the world just as I do not. 17*  Consecrate them by the truth; your word is truth. 18  As you sent me into the world, so did I send them into the world; 19*  and it is for them I consecrate myself, that they too may be consecrated by truth. 20  “And I ask on behalf not only of these but also of those who by their telling put faith in me, 21  that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I am in you; that they too may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me. 22  And I have given to them the glory that you have given to me, that they may be one as we are one: 23  I in them and you in me, that they may stand perfected into one, that the world may know that it was you who sent me and you loved them as you did me. 24  “What you have given me, Father—I will that where I am they too be with me that they may see my glory which you have given to me because you loved me before the foundation of the world, 25  right-dealing Father; and the world did not know you, but I did, and these knew that it was you who sent me; 26  and I made known your name to them, and will make it known, that the love you had for me may be in them, and I in them.”

Footnotes

17:17 Or Consecrate them in the truth
17:19 Or in truth