These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said,
Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify
As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal
life to as many as thou hast given him.||
And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ,
whom thou hast sent.||
(17:3) "The only true God"|
How many gods are there?
I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou
gavest me to do.
And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self
with the glory
which I had with thee before the world was.||
(17:5) "Glorify ... me ... with the glory
which I had with thee before the world was."|
The ever-so-humble Jesus asks his dad to glorify him with the glory he and his dad had before the world was created.
I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the
world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy
Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of
For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have
received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they
have believed that thou didst send me.||
I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast
given me; for they are thine.||
(17:9) "I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me."|
Jesus only prays for people who believe in him. Everyone else can go to hell.
And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.
And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come
to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given
me, that they may be one, as we are.||
While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that
thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of
perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.||
(17:12) "None of them is lost, but the son of
perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled."|
Jesus "lost" Judas in order to fulfill scripture. What scripture?
And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they
might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.||
(17:14) "The world hath hated them, because they are not of the world,
even as I am not of the world." Jehovah's Witnesses, like Jesus, are hated by the world and are not
of the world. Thus they don't vote or take part in any human organizations outside the
I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they
are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou
shouldest keep them from the evil.
They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.||
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.||
As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into
And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified
through the truth.||
(17:21a) "That they all may be one."|
Jesus prays that believers might all be one, thereby proving, once and for all, that nothing fails like prayer.
(17:21b-23) "That the world may believe that thou hast sent me."
Since Jesus's followers are divided, and have always been divided, into a legion of conflicting sects, there's no reason to believe that
his dad sent him -- according to Jesus's own test.
(17:22) "That they all may be one ... that the world may believe that thou hast sent me."
(17:23) "That the world may know that thou hast sent me."
(17:24) "That they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me:
for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world."
Jesus asks his father to let all of his followers see the glory that his father gave him before the world was created.
Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on
me through their word;
That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that
they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent
And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be
one, even as we are one:
I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and
that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast
Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I
am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee,
and these have known that thou hast sent me.||
And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love
wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.
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