John 17:6-19 (GOD'S WORD Translation)

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6 "I made your name known to the people you gave me. They are from this world. They belonged to you, and you gave them to me. They did what you told them. 7 Now they know that everything you gave me comes from you, 8 because I gave them the message that you gave me. They have accepted this message, and they know for sure that I came from you. They have believed that you sent me. 9 "I pray for them. I'm not praying for the world but for those you gave me, because they are yours. 10 Everything I have is yours, and everything you have is mine. I have been given glory by the people you have given me. 11 I won't be in the world much longer, but they are in the world, and I'm coming back to you. Holy Father, keep them safe by the power of your name, the name that you gave me, so that their unity may be like ours. 12 While I was with them, I kept them safe by the power of your name, the name that you gave me. I watched over them, and none of them, except one person, became lost. So Scripture came true. 13 "But now, [Father,] I'm coming back to you. I say these things while I'm still in the world so that they will have the same joy that I have. 14 I have given them your message. But the world has hated them because they don't belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. 15 I'm not asking you to take them out of the world but to protect them from the evil one. 16 They don't belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. 17 "Use the truth to make them holy. Your words are truth. 18 I have sent them into the world the same way you sent me into the world. 19 I'm dedicating myself to this holy work I'm doing for them so that they, too, will use the truth to be holy.
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