John 17

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] Methodist theologian Joseph Benson calls this prayer "Our Lord’s Intercessory Prayer", because "it is considered as a pattern of the intercession he is now making in heaven for his people".[2] The book containing this chapter is anonymous, but early Christian tradition uniformly affirmed that John composed this Gospel.[3]

John 17
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John 17:1-2 on Papyrus 107, written in 3rd century.
BookGospel of John
Christian Bible partNew Testament
Order in the Christian part4


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

The original text was written in Koine Greek. This chapter is divided into 26 verses.

Textual witnessesEdit

Some early manuscripts containing the text of this chapter are:

Jesus' PrayerEdit

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.[4]

Verse 1Edit

Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: "Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You".[5]

Alternatively, "After Jesus had spoken these words ..." (to his disciples, in chapter 16),[6], namely:

"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."[7]

Benson suggested that "these words" refers to "the words recorded in the three preceding chapters" (chapters 14 to 16).[2]

Verse 12Edit

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.[8]

Verse 21Edit

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.[9]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Halley, Henry H. Halley's Bible Handbook: an Abbreviated Bible Commentary. 23rd edition. Zondervan Publishing House. 1962.
  2. ^ a b Benson, J., Benson Commentary on John 17, accessed 6 June 2019
  3. ^ Holman Illustrated Bible Handbook. Holman Bible Publishers, Nashville, Tennessee. 2012.
  4. ^ Englishman's Concordance, ἅγιε and δίκαιε
  5. ^ John 17:1 NKJV
  6. ^ John 17:1 NRSV
  7. ^ John 16:33 NKJV
  8. ^ John 17:12
  9. ^ John 17:21

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