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John 17:5

    John 17:5 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And now, O Father, glorify you me with your own self with the glory which I had with you before the world was.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And now, Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And now, Father, let me have glory with you, even that glory which I had with you before the world was.

    Webster's Revision

    And now, Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

    World English Bible

    Now, Father, glorify me with your own self with the glory which I had with you before the world existed.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

    Clarke's Commentary on John 17:5

    Before the world was - That is, from eternity, before there was any creation - so the phrase, and others similar to it, are taken in the sacred writings; see John 17:24; Psalm 90:2; Ephesians 1:4. See John 1:1. Let the glory of my eternal divinity surround and penetrate my humanity, in its resurrection, ascension, and in the place which it is to occupy at thy right hand, far above all creatures, Philippians 2:6, Philippians 2:9.

    Barnes' Notes on John 17:5

    With thine own self - In heaven, granting me a participation of the same honor which the Father has. He had just said that he had glorified God on the earth, he now prays that God would glorify him in heaven.

    With the glory - With the honor. This word also includes the notion of happiness, or everything which could render the condition blessed.

    Before the world was - There could not be a more distinct and clear declaration of the pre-existence of Christ than this. It means before the creation of the world; before there was any world. Of course, the speaker here must have existed then, and this is equivalent to saying that he existed from eternity. See John 1:1-2; John 6:62; John 3:13; John 16:28. The glory which he had then was that which was proper to the Son of God, represented by the expression "being in the bosom of the Father" John 1:18, denoting intimacy, friendship, united felicity. The Son of God, by becoming incarnate, is represented as "humbling himself" (Greek: he "emptied himself"), Philippians 2:8. He laid aside for a time the external aspect of honor, and consented to become despised, and to assume the form of a servant. He now prays that God would raise him up to the dignity and honor which he had before his incarnation. This is the state to which he is now exalted, with the additional honor of having made atonement for sin, and having opened the way to save a race of rebels from eternal death. The lowest condition on earth is frequently connected with the highest honors of heaven. Man looks on the outward appearance. God looks to him that is humble and of a contrite spirit.

    Wesley's Notes on John 17:5

    17:5 The glory which I had - He does not say received - He always had it, till he emptied himself of it in the days of his flesh.