John 17

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John 17
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John 17:1-2 on Papyrus 107, written in 3rd century.
Book Gospel of John
Bible part New Testament
Order in the Bible part 4
Category Gospel

John 17 is the seventeenth chapter of the Gospel of John in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. It portrays a prayer of Jesus Christ addressed to His Father, placed in context immediately before His betrayal and crucifixion, the events which the gospel often refers to as His glorification.[1] The book containing this chapter is anonymous, but early Christian tradition uniformly affirmed that John composed this Gospel.[2]


John 17:23-24 on Papyrus 108 (2nd/3rd century)


The New King James Version organises this chapter as follows:

Jesus' Prayer[edit]

Jesus refers to His Father six times in this chapter, calling God "Father" (Greek: πατηρ, pater), "Holy Father" (Greek: πατηρ ἅγιε, pater hagie, John 17:11) and "Righteous Father" (Greek: πατηρ δικαιε, pater dikaie, John 17:25). These are the only occurrences in the New Testament of the vocative forms αγιε and δικαιε, used in direct address to God.[3]

Verse 12[edit]

New King James Version

While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.[4]

Verse 21[edit]

King James Version

that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Halley, Henry H. Halley's Bible Handbook: an Abbreviated Bible Commentary. 23rd edition. Zondervan Publishing House. 1962.
  2. ^ Holman Illustrated Bible Handbook. Holman Bible Publishers, Nashville, Tennessee. 2012.
  3. ^ Englishman's Concordance, ἅγιε and δίκαιε
  4. ^ John 17:12
  5. ^ John 17:21

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Preceded by
John 16
Chapters of the Bible
Gospel of John
Succeeded by
John 18