17 Sanctify them by[1] the truth; your word is truth.

Other Translations of John 17:17

King James Version

17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

English Standard Version

17  Sanctify themGreek Set them apart (for holy service to God) in the truth; your word is truth.

The Message

17 Make them holy - consecrated - with the truth; Your word is consecrating truth.

New King James Version

17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.

New Living Translation

17 Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on John 17:17

Commentary on John 17:17-19

(Read John 17:17-19)

Christ next prayed for the disciples, that they might not only be kept from evil, but made good. It is the prayer of Jesus for all that are his, that they may be made holy. Even disciples must pray for sanctifying grace. The means of giving this grace is, "through thy truth, thy word is truth." Sanctify them, set them apart for thyself and thy service. Own them in the office; let thy hand go with them. Jesus entirely devoted himself to his undertaking, and all the parts of it, especially the offering up himself without spot unto God, by the eternal Spirit. The real holiness of all true Christians is the fruit of Christ's death, by which the gift of the Holy Ghost was purchased; he gave himself for his church, to sanctify it. If our views have not this effect on us, they are not Divine truth, or we do not receive them by a living and a working faith, but as mere notions.