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John 17:9

    John 17:9 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which you have given me; for they are yours.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for those whom thou hast given me; for they are thine:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    My prayer is for them: my prayer is not for the world, but for those whom you have given to me, because they are yours

    Webster's Revision

    I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for those whom thou hast given me; for they are thine:

    World English Bible

    I pray for them. I don't pray for the world, but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for those whom thou hast given me; for they are thine:

    Clarke's Commentary on John 17:9

    I pray not for the world - I am not yet come to that part of my intercession: see John 17:20. I am now wholly employed for my disciples, that they may be properly qualified to preach my salvation to the ends of the earth. Jesus here imitates the high priest, the second part of whose prayer, on the day of expiation, was for the priests, the sons of Aaron: see on John 17:1 (note). These words may also be understood as applying to the rebellious Jews. God's wrath was about to descend upon them, and Christ prays that his own followers might be kept from the evil, John 17:15. But he does not thus pray for the world, the rebellious Jews, because the cup of their iniquity was full, and their judgment slumbered not.

    Barnes' Notes on John 17:9

    I pray for them - In view of their dangers and trials, he sought the protection and blessing of God on them. His prayer was always answered.

    Not for the world - The term world here, as elsewhere, refers to wicked, rebellious, vicious men. The meaning of this expression here seems to be this: Jesus is praying for his disciples. As a reason why God should bless them, he says that they were not of the world; that they had been taken out of the world; that they belonged unto God. The petition was not offered for wicked, perverse, rebellious men, but for those who were the friends of God and were disposed to receive his favors. This passage, then, settles nothing about the question whether Christ prayed for sinners. He then prayed for his disciples, who were not those who hated him and disregarded his favors. He afterward extended the prayer for all who should become Christians, John 17:20. When on the cross he prayed for his crucifiers and murderers, Luke 23:34.

    For they are thine - This is urged as a reason why God should protect and guide them. His honor was concerned in keeping them; and we may always "fill our mouths with" such "arguments" when we come before God, and plead that his honor will be advanced by keeping us from evil, and granting us all needful grace.

    I am glorified in them - I am honored by their preaching and lives. The sense of this passage is, "Those who are my disciples are thine. That which promotes my honor will also promote thine. I pray, therefore, that they may have needful grace to honor my gospel, and to proclaim it among men."

    Wesley's Notes on John 17:9

    17:9 I pray not for the world - Not in these petitions, which are adapted to the state of believers only. (He prays for the world at John 17:21,23, that they may believe - That they may know God hath sent him.) This no more proves that our Lord did not pray for the world, both before and afterward, than his praying for the apostles alone, John 17:6 - 19, proves that he did not pray for them also which shall believe through their word, John 17:20.