John 14-17 World English Bible

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Jesus the Way to the Father

14 1  “Don’t let your heart be troubled. Believe in God. Believe also in me. 2  In my Father’s house are many homes. If it weren’t so, I would have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you. 3  If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and will receive you to myself; that where I am, you may be there also.

4  Where I go, you know, and you know the way.” 5  Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me. 7  If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on, you know him, and have seen him.” 8  Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.” 9  Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you such a long time, and do you not know me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father. How do you say, ‘Show us the Father?’ 10  Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I tell you, I speak not from myself; but the Father who lives in me does his works. 11  Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me; or else believe me for the very works’ sake.

12  Most certainly I tell you, he who believes in me, the works that I do, he will do also; and he will do greater works than these, because I am going to my Father. 13  Whatever you will ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14  If you will ask anything in my name, I will do it.

The Promise of the Holy Spirit

15  If you love me, keep my commandments. 16  I will pray to the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, [1] that he may be with you forever,— 17  the Spirit of truth, whom the world can’t receive; for it doesn’t see him, neither knows him. You know him, for he lives with you, and will be in you.

18  I will not leave you orphans. I will come to you. 19  Yet a little while, and the world will see me no more; but you will see me. Because I live, you will live also. 20  In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 21  One who has my commandments, and keeps them, that person is one who loves me. One who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him, and will reveal myself to him.” 22  Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, what has happened that you are about to reveal yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23  Jesus answered him, “If a man loves me, he will keep my word. My Father will love him, and we will come to him, and make our home with him. 24  He who doesn’t love me doesn’t keep my words. The word which you hear isn’t mine, but the Father’s who sent me.

25  I have said these things to you, while still living with you. 26  But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and will remind you of all that I said to you. 27  Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, give I to you. Don’t let your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful.

28  You heard how I told you, ‘I go away, and I come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I said ‘I am going to my Father;’ for the Father is greater than I. 29  Now I have told you before it happens so that, when it happens, you may believe. 30  I will no more speak much with you, for the prince of the world comes, and he has nothing in me. 31  But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father commanded me, even so I do. Arise, let us go from here.

Jesus the True Vine

15 1  “I am the true vine, and my Father is the farmer. 2  Every branch in me that doesn’t bear fruit, he takes away. Every branch that bears fruit, he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3  You are already pruned clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4  Remain in me, and I in you. As the branch can’t bear fruit by itself, unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you, unless you remain in me. 5  I am the vine. You are the branches. He who remains in me, and I in him, the same bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6  If a man doesn’t remain in me, he is thrown out as a branch, and is withered; and they gather them, throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7  If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, you will ask whatever you desire, and it will be done for you. 8  “In this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; and so you will be my disciples.

9  Even as the Father has loved me, I also have loved you. Remain in my love. 10  If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and remain in his love. 11  I have spoken these things to you, that my joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be made full. 12  “This is my commandment, that you love one another, even as I have loved you. 13  Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14  You are my friends, if you do whatever I command you. 15  No longer do I call you servants, for the servant doesn’t know what his lord does. But I have called you friends, for everything that I heard from my Father, I have made known to you. 16  You didn’t choose me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain; that whatever you will ask of the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 17  “I command these things to you, that you may love one another.

The World's Hatred

18  If the world hates you, you know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19  If you were of the world, the world would love its own. But because you are not of the world, since I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20  Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his lord.’ [2] If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will keep yours also. 21  But all these things will they do to you for my name’s sake, because they don’t know him who sent me. 22  If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have had sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23  He who hates me, hates my Father also. 24  If I hadn’t done among them the works which no one else did, they wouldn’t have had sin. But now have they seen and also hated both me and my Father. 25  But this happened so that the word may be fulfilled which was written in their law, ‘They hated me without a cause.’ [3]

26  “When the Counselor [4] has come, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will testify about me. 27  You will also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.

16 1  “These things have I spoken to you, so that you wouldn’t be caused to stumble. 2  They will put you out of the synagogues. Yes, the time comes that whoever kills you will think that he offers service to God. 3  They will do these things [5] because they have not known the Father, nor me. 4  But I have told you these things, so that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you about them. I didn’t tell you these things from the beginning, because I was with you.

The Work of the Holy Spirit

5  But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6  But because I have told you these things, sorrow has filled your heart.

7  Nevertheless I tell you the truth: It is to your advantage that I go away, for if I don’t go away, the Counselor won’t come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. 8  When he has come, he will convict the world about sin, about righteousness, and about judgment; 9  about sin, because they don’t believe in me; 10  about righteousness, because I am going to my Father, and you won’t see me any more; 11  about judgment, because the prince of this world has been judged. 12  “I have yet many things to tell you, but you can’t bear them now. 13  However when he, the Spirit of truth, has come, he will guide you into all truth, for he will not speak from himself; but whatever he hears, he will speak. He will declare to you things that are coming. 14  He will glorify me, for he will take from what is mine, and will declare it to you. 15  All things whatever the Father has are mine; therefore I said that he takes [6] of mine, and will declare it to you.

Sorrow to Turn into Joy

16  A little while, and you will not see me. Again a little while, and you will see me.” 17  Some of his disciples therefore said to one another, “What is this that he says to us, ‘A little while, and you won’t see me, and again a little while, and you will see me;’ and, ‘Because I go to the Father?’18  They said therefore, “What is this that he says, ‘A little while?’ We don’t know what he is saying.” 19  Therefore Jesus perceived that they wanted to ask him, and he said to them, “Do you inquire among yourselves concerning this, that I said, ‘A little while, and you won’t see me, and again a little while, and you will see me?’ 20  Most certainly I tell you, that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy. 21  A woman, when she gives birth, has sorrow, because her time has come. But when she has delivered the child, she doesn’t remember the anguish any more, for the joy that a human being is born into the world. 22  Therefore you now have sorrow, but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.

23  “In that day you will ask me no questions. Most certainly I tell you, whatever you may ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. 24  Until now, you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be made full.

I Have Overcome the World

25  I have spoken these things to you in figures of speech. But the time is coming when I will no more speak to you in figures of speech, but will tell you plainly about the Father. 26  In that day you will ask in my name; and I don’t say to you, that I will pray to the Father for you, 27  for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me, and have believed that I came forth from God.

28  I came out from the Father, and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.” 29  His disciples said to him, “Behold, now you speak plainly, and speak no figures of speech. 30  Now we know that you know all things, and don’t need for anyone to question you. By this we believe that you came forth from God.” 31  Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? 32  Behold, the time is coming, yes, and has now come, that you will be scattered, everyone to his own place, and you will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. 33  I have told you these things, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have oppression; but cheer up! I have overcome the world.”

Jesus' Prayer for His Disciples

17 1  Jesus said these things, and lifting up his eyes to heaven, he said, “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may also glorify you; 2  even as you gave him authority over all flesh, he will give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3  This is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and him whom you sent, Jesus Christ. 4  I glorified you on the earth. I have accomplished the work which you have given me to do. 5  Now, Father, glorify me with your own self with the glory which I had with you before the world existed.

6  I revealed your name to the people whom you have given me out of the world. They were yours, and you have given them to me. They have kept your word. 7  Now they have known that all things whatever you have given me are from you, 8  for the words which you have given me I have given to them, and they received them, and knew for sure that I came forth from you, and they have believed that you sent me. 9  I pray for them. I don’t pray for the world, but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. 10  All things that are mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them.

11  I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them through your name which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are. 12  While I was with them in the world, I kept them in your name. Those whom you have given me I have kept. None of them is lost, except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13  But now I come to you, and I say these things in the world, that they may have my joy made full in themselves. 14  I have given them your word. The world hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15  I pray not that you would take them from the world, but that you would keep them from the evil one. 16  They are not of the world even as I am not of the world.

17  Sanctify them in your truth. Your word is truth. [7] 18  As you sent me into the world, even so I have sent them into the world. 19  For their sakes I sanctify myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.

20  Not for these only do I pray, but for those also who believe in me through their word, 21  that they may all be one; even 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. 22  The glory which you have given me, I have given to them; that they may be one, even as we are one; 23  I in them, and you in me, that they may be perfected into one; that the world may know that you sent me, and loved them, even as you loved me.

24  Father, I desire that they also whom you have given me be with me where I am, that they may see my glory, which you have given me, for you loved me before the foundation of the world. 25  Righteous Father, the world hasn’t known you, but I knew you; and these knew that you sent me. 26  I made known to them your name, and will make it known; that the love with which you loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

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Footnotes

[1] 14:16 Greek Parakleton: Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, and Comfortor.

[2] 15:20 John 13:16

[3] 15:25 Psalms 35:19; 69:4

[4] 15:26 Greek Parakletos: Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, and Comfortor.

[5] 16:3 TR adds “to you”

[6] 16:15 TR reads “will take” instead of “takes”

[7] 17:17 Psalm 119:142

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