16:1 These things have I spoken [GBT: said] unto you, that [BT: because] ye should not be offended.

16:2 They shall put you out of the synagogues [GBT: excommunicate you]: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.      qtext

16:3 And these [BT: such] things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor [BT: neither yet] me.      qtext

16:4 But these things have I told you, that when the time shall [G: hour shall; B: time is; T: hour is] come, ye may [GT: might] remember that I told you of them [G: that I told you them; B: then that I told you; T: them, that I told you so]. And [BT: omit] these things I said not unto you at [G: from] the beginning, because I was [BT: +present] with you.

16:5 But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou?

16:6 But because I have said these [BT: such] things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart [GBT: your hearts are full of sorrow].


(John 16:1-4) GF3: 548f

(John 16:1) WPR 342

(John 16:2-4) GF2: 262; GF4: 95f

(John 16:2) GFJN 170; GF3: 520, 522, 551; GF7: 98 [91]; JN1: 83; JN3: 54, 99; WPR 336

(John 16:2f) JN1: 261, 322; JN2: 452; JN3: 13, 35; 728, 730 (WT); EQ 125


(John 16:2-4)

[Other texts citing John 16:2-4: GF2:262 (John 12:42)]

(John 16:2)

GF3:522 (1659): ye caused John Hart ... and Jennet Hambleton ... to be imprisoned for entertaining [Friends] in their houses. Here ye have proved yourselves to be the wolves the sheep are sent among, Mat 10:16, that are ravening to devour them; which is one of the marks that ye are the false prophets Christ said should come [Mat 7:15]. And you are haling out of the synagogues [John 16:2], and excommunicating [John 16:2GBT], and ye never show for what; which practice ye are in, which is a work of darkness.

(John 16:2f)

JN2:452f (1655): this the serpent knows, that which is given out from the Spirit of God will not condemn those who are guided and acted by that Spirit till he hath changed the Scripture one way, and so make a jar that he may murder under pretense of godliness by consent;...and here the murderer first entered, wherefore Cain slew his brother [1 Jn 3:12]: so thou mayst read thyself deeply engaged to what power thou hast, yet as blind as ever persecution was, thinking thou dost God good service, not knowing the Father nor the Son in thee [margin: John 16:2f], which is the very cause for which thou opposest, because we witness him and his name in us....


16:7 Nevertheless [G: Yet] I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the [GBT: that] Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.      qtext

16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove [BT: rebuke] the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:      qtext

16:9 Of sin, because they believe not on [G: believed not in] me;      qtext

16:10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye [GBT: +shall] see me no more;

16:11 [T: +and] Of judgment, because the prince [T: chief ruler] of this world is judged [BT: +already].      qtext


(John 16:7) JN2: 400 (TB); JN3: 246; IP4: 80, 218; WPR 342; WPT 202

(John 16:7f) GF5: 89; GF8: 208 [372]; GFEJ 400; JN1: 304; WPR 501

(John 16:8-10) WPR 196

(John 16:8) GFJN 472; GF3: 35, 47, 346, 511, 514, 518, 526, 531, 551; GF5: 225, 308, 317; GF6: 255; GF7: 159 [171]; GF8: 168 [359], 208 [372]; MFS 90; JN2: 58, 560, 561; JN3: 69, 243, 248, 433, 435; IP1: 64, 112; IP3: 260, 486; HPS 323; 407 (EB); RBA 61; RBAF 44; WPR 423, 618; WPT 297

(John 16:8f) JN2: 13; SBD 20

(John 16:11) GF3: 531; GF4: 169; GF6: 16; JN2: 437, 561; WPR 140


(John 16:7)

IP4:218 (1671): we have right to the Scriptures, to the promises, to all that Christ did and suffered for us, and witness the propitiation by and through him, and bless God for all the dispensations of life, wherein he hath appeared to the children of men in any age, which were all glorious and excellent in their season; but the dispensation of the Spirit is the standing dispensation, which excels in glory, which Christ, in the days of his flesh [Heb 5:7], pointed his disciples to wait for [Acts 1:4f], which his going away was to make way for [John 16:7]. This dispensation was revealed and set up before the apostasy from the life and Spirit of the apostles, and is again revealed and set up in power and great glory, after the long night of apostasy....

(John 16:8)

[Other texts citing John 16:8: GF3: 518 (John 3:18), GF3:551 (Isa 29:21), GF6:255 (under Mat 9:34), MFS 90f (Rev 13:18) JN2:58 (Heb 8:10f), JN2:561 (John 16:11), IP3:486 (Mat 3:12), HPS 407 (John 12:31)]

IP1:64 (1658): The first way of meeting with the Spirit of God, is as a convincer of sin.... When Christ promised the Comforter, the Spirit of truth, he said this concerning him, "that he should convince the world of sin." John 16:8. They who are created anew in Christ, and become his disciples, receive comfort from the Spirit; but what is he to the world? Or how may they feel any operation of him? Why, he is to them a convincer of sin, and they may find him checking them for, and convincing them of, their sins. So that the great work for man, while he lies in the darkness ... is to distinguish the movings and stirrings of the Spirit of God. And this is the best way for man in this state to know them by: that which discovers that which is evil, THAT is good.

(John 16:8f)

[Other texts citing John 16:8f: SBD 20 (John 14:16)]

JN2:13 (1655): [N's adversaries said] that I owned another Christ besides that which died at Jerusalem because I owned a Christ within me, contrary to the apostles' doctrine, who preached Christ within [Col 1:27], and did not preach another Christ [2 Cor 11:4]; they said also that Christ did not convince the world because the world cannot receive him, contrary to the words of Christ (John 16:8f).

(John 16:11)

[Other texts citing John 16:11: GF6:16 (John 14:30); WPR 140 (under Mat 12:26)]

JN2:560f (1655): It's a strange doctrine to thee, to know the Son of God condemning sin in the flesh [Rom 8:3]; and so it appears, when the liar is so strong in thee. If thou knew any light in thee but what is thy own fancy, the devil would be reproved and sin condemned, didst thou know Christ in the flesh. But the prince of the world not being judged [John 16:11], the reprobate is head, which knows not Christ in thee [2 Cor 13:5], his light and Spirit, which reproves the world [John 16:8] and guides into all truth [John 16:13], in whom he is known and followed.


16:12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them [BT: +away] now.      qtext

16:13 Howbeit when he [GBT: is come which is (T: I mean)], the Spirit of truth, is come, [GBT: omit] he will guide [GBT: lead] you into all truth: for [BT: omit] he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that [G: omits] shall he speak: and he will shew you [G: +the] things to come.      qtext

16:14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it [BT: omit] unto you.

16:15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I [BT: +unto you], that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it [G: shew it; BT: shew] unto you.      qtext


(John 16:12) GF3: 555; GF8: 72 [313]; IP4: 270; WPR 309; WPT 98

(John 16:12f) RBA 24; RBAF 29

(John 16:13-15) GF5: 245

(John 16:13) GFJN 32, 34, 35, 40, 109, 120, 218, 335, 400; GF3: 16 (EB), 35, 42, 47, 57, 97, 112, 118, 135, 188, 258, 312, 463, 511, 526; GF4: 129, 151, 282, 397, 4 13; GF5: 89, 172, 194, 308; GF6: 245, 381, 395; GF7: 159f [171], 244 [230], 317 [260], 321f [262], 350 [264]; GF8: 10 [265], 20 [275], 38 [288], 57 [306], 142 [344], 151 [352], 168 [359], 208 [372], 275 [399]; GFT 144; MFS 23; MFU 165, 388, 464, 469; JN1: 126, 130, 289; JN2: 5, 62, 63, 168, 181, 196, 233, 301, 351, 437, 440, 456 , 458, 539, 541, 560, 561; JN3: 1, 7, 12, 65, 106, 246, 248, 388, 394, 408, 422, 429, 433, 437, 442; WDS 95; IPL 64; IP1: 18, 28, 63, 227, 345, 364, 366, 389; IP2: 56f; IP3: 92, 204, 260, 508; IP4: 208, 243, 317; RBA 40, 45, 62f, 66, 250; RBAF 5, 207; EQ 562; HPS 256, 305, 333; 351, 367 (EB); WPR 268, 383, 423, 501, 504; WPT 151, 241, 250, 262, 315f; SBD 17, 20; DFR 45n; JSS 58; WTG 76f (SM), 230 (EH), 353 (AM); JWJM 180; SIW 92, 171

(John 16:13f) GF3: 346f; GF5: 317; GF6: 255; JN1: 49, 304; JN2: 17; JN2: 400 (TB); HPS 384 (EB)

(John 16:14) WPR 341

(John 16:15) GF6: 479


(John 16:12)

[Other texts citing John 16:12: GF8:72 (under Heb 5:11, WPR 309 (John 7:17)

GF3:555 (1659): P. "All things contained in the gospel are summed up in the apostles' creed." A. The apostles do not tell us of a creed, but the pope's canon-book, and common-prayer-book [do]; and many things the apostles had to say, which were not lawful to utter [2 Cor 12:4], and many things Christ had to say, which they could not bear [John 16:12]; but the gospel is the power of God [Rom 1:16], and that the scripture speaks of, but doth not say the epistles are it.

IP4:270 (16–): There are several states and degrees of growth; there is a tempted state, a wandering state, a backsliding state, a shaken state, an established state, &c. Now, there is somewhat proper to every one according to his state, which the Spirit of the Lord knows; and those who are called out by him, to minister in his name and power, know also, as his Spirit pleaseth to teach them, and make manifest to them. All truths are not proper to every state, nor all remedies to every disease. Christ had many things to teach and say to his disciples, whch they were not able to bear [John 16:12]; and a man in reading the Scriptures, though he should understand the truth of what he reads, yet he is apt to misapply things, as to himself or others, unless the Lord guide and help him.

(John 16:13-15)

GF5:245 (1676): And is it not so now to you christians, with all your tongues and languages, that say, inspiration has ceased, and yet, "no man knows the things of God but by the spirit of God [1 Cor 2:11]." So as the scriptures were given forth by the inspiration of God [2 Pet 1:21], so they are known again by the same spirit. And therefore, Christ saith, "I will send you the spirit of truth, he shall lead you into all truth [John 16:13], and he shall bring to your memory the things that I have spoken [John 14:26], and he shall shew you things to come [John 16:13]," and so make them prophets; "and he shall take of mine, and give unto you [John 16:15]."

(John 16:13)

[Other texts citing John 16:13: GFJN 34 (John 1:12), GFJN 35 (John 14:6), GF3:463 (John 10:30), GF5:194 (John 14:16f), GF7: 321 (Mat 1:20), MFU 464f (Jas 2:12), MFU 469 (Mat 19:28), JN1:130 (Mat 13:10f), JN2:5 (John 1:9), JN2:63 (Jas 1:26), JN2:233 (Rev 14:4), JN2:456 (Gen 24:57), JN2:561 (John 16:11), IP1:389 (Mat 7:15), IP3:204 (Mat 13:11), RBA 45 (John 14:26), SBD 20 (John 14:16), JSS 58 (Luk 9:23), SIW 92 (Mat 23:7-10)]

GF4:129 (1657): All the world's teachers, people, and professors, ... you are out of the life of them, who know a silence of the flesh [Zech 2:13], and a waiting upon the Lord in silence, to hear his still voice [1 Ki 19:12], and to hear his voice behind thee [Ezek 3:12, Rev 1:10], saying, this is the way, walk in it [Isa 30:21], and to have the mind stayed upon God [Isa 26:3], and to be guided by God, and to be led with the spirit of God into all truth [John 16:13], when they do not speak words outwardly: first, the spirit leading, then words from the spirit, and thus the spirit is not quenched [1 Th 5:19] in son nor daughter, in handmaid, nor servant [Joel 2:28f].

JN2:301 (1655): Thou tells of searching the scriptures Berean-like [Acts 17:10f]; I say the Bereans did not search the scriptures to oppose the Light, nor to deny that Spirit that reveals things to come [John 16:13]; but those who search the scriptures to that end must needs be left blind as they are found blind.

WDS 95 (1655): The Spirit of truth which we witness in us, is peaceable, and neither doth violence or sheds blood: and all that are guided by the Spirit of truth [John 16:13], the light and power of Christ, their hands are bound from offering violence, or shedding of blood.

RBA 66 (1678, III.2): If by the Spirit we can only come to the true knowledge of God; if by the Spirit we are to be led into all Truth [John 16:13], and so be taught of all things [John 14:26]; then the Spirit, and not the Scriptures, is the foundation and ground of all Truth and knowledge, and the primary rule of faith and manners....

HPS 367 (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1679): If any break outward bread, and drink outward wine with a sincere intention, as believing it their duty, that they may the more be put in remembrance of the body and blood of Christ, by the remebrancer, the Spirit of Truth which is appointed by the Father to lead the saints into all truth [John 16:13], [Friends] judge them not, but rather hope that such will come further out of the shadow to the substance....

WTG 76f (Susanna Morris, 1745): he who leads his people into all truth [John 16:13] will lead out of all untruths, all false ways...

(John 16:15)

GF6:479 (168-?): But what will the teachers, both of the Papists and Protestants say to this, that deny Christ the true light, whihch enlightens very man that comes into the world [John 1:9]? .... For Christ saith, ":The holy ghost shall take of mine, and give unto you [John 16:15], and bring unto your remembrance the things that Christ had spoken [John 14:26];" and such are not like to preach the spiritual things that the holy ghost receives of Christ.


16:16 A little [BT: After a (2x)] while, and [T: omits] ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and [BT: omit] ye shall see me, because [GBT: for] I go to the Father.      qtext

16:17 Then said some of his disciples among [BT: between] themselves, What is this that he saith unto us, A little [BT: After a (2x)] while, and [T: omits] ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and [BT: omit] ye shall see me: and, Because [G: for; BT: that] I go to the Father?

16:18 They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little [BT: After a] while? we cannot tell [G: know not] what he saith.

16:19 Now Jesus knew [BT: Jesus perceived] that they were desirous to [GBT: would] ask him, and said unto them, Do ye enquire among yourselves of [T: This is it that ye enquire of between yourselves] that I said, A little [BT: After a (2x)] while, and [T: omits] ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and [T: omits] ye shall see me?      qtext

16:20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, That [BT: omit] ye shall weep and lament, but [GT: and; B omits] the world shall rejoice: and [BT: omit] ye shall be sorrowful [GBT: sorrow], but your sorrow shall be turned into [GBT: to] joy.      qtext

16:21 A woman when she is in travail [GBT: travaileth] hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.

16:22 And ye now therefore [T: omits] have [GT: are in] sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart [GBT: hearts] shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh [GBT: shall no man take] from you.      qtext

16:23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing [BT: no question]. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.

16:24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.


(John 16:16) JN2: 450; WPR 239; WPT 54

(John 16:19-22) JN2: 450

(John 16:20-22) IP4: 80

(John 16:20) WPR 72, 146f

(John 16:21f) EQ 241 (IP)

(John 16:22) JN1: 185; IP3: 301; SIW 40

(John 16:23-26) GF6: 363

[John 16:23 cf John 14:13f]

(John 16:24) JN1: 494; IP2: 469; DFR 44; JSS 25


(John 16:16)

[Other texts citing John 16:16: JN2:450 (under Luk 17:22)]

(John 16:19-22)

[Other texts citing John 16:19-22: JN2:450 (under Luk 17:22)]

(John 16:20)

[Other texts citing John 16:20: WPR 146f (under Mat 28:20)]

(John 16:22)

[Other texts citing John 16:22: SIW 40 (under Mat 24:6f)]

(John 16:24)

IP2:469 (1665): A second thing, wherein professors grievously mistake, is, about praying in the name of Christ ; in which name, he that asketh receiveth [John 16:24]; and out of which, there is no right asking of the Father. They think that praying in the name of Christ consists in using some outward words; as, "Do this for thy Son's sake," or "We beg of thee in Christ's name;" whereas, that in the heart which knoweth not the Father may use such words; and that which is taught of the Father to pray, and prayeth in the Son, many not be led to use those words. The name , wherein the asking and acceptance is, is living ; and he that prayeth in the motion of the Spirit, and in the power and virtue of the son's life, he prayeth in the name , and his voice is owned of the Father; and not the other, who hath learned in his own will, time, and spirit to use those words relative to the Son.

DFR 44 (17–): He has been my instructor in a very particular manner; much more so than I have mentioned, or than I can describe; and I am far from supposing that I have been more deserving than others. Christ said, "Ask and ye shall receive [John 16:24]." I asked for his direction and assistance, and he helped me, and I found the promise true.


16:25 These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs [G: in parables (2x); B: by proverbs (2x)]: but [BT: omit] the time cometh [GBT: will come], when I shall no more speak unto [GT: to] you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the [T: from my] Father.

16:26 At that day ye shall [GBT: shall ye] ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the [G: pray unto the; B: pray unto my; T: speak unto my] Father for you:      qtext

16:27 For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.

16:28 I came forth [G: am come out; BT: went out] from the Father, and am come [GBT: came] into the world: again, I leave the world [T: and I leave the world again], and go to the Father.

16:29 His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest [B: talkest] thou plainly, and [GT: +thou] speakest [T: usest] no proverb [G: parable].

16:30 Now are we sure [GT: know we] that thou knowest [T: understandest] all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee [BT: +any qyestion]: by this we believe [BT: Therefore believe we] that thou camest forth [G: art come out; BT: camest] from God.

16:31 Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe? [G: Do you believe now? T: Now ye do believe.]

16:32 Behold, the hour cometh [BT: draweth nigh], yea, is now [GBT: and is already] come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own [G: into his own; T: his ways], and shall leave me alone: and yet [G: but] I am not alone, because [GBT: for] the Father is with me.

16:33 These things [BT: words] I have spoken [T: spoke] unto you, that in me ye might have peace. [BT: +For] In the world ye shall [BT: shall ye] have tribulation [G: affliction]: but be of good cheer [G: comfort]; I have overcome the world.      qtext


(John 16:26) JN1: 49

(John 16:26f) IP3: 304

(John 16:28) GF4: 157; GF5: 147f

(John 16:29) JSS 25

(John 16:33) GF2: 255, 281; GF5: 147f; GF6: 28, 235; GF7: 55 [45], 296 [249]; GF8: 44 [294], 66 [312], 128f [337], 130 [338], 150 [352], 162 [356], 197 [369], 251 [394], 280 [401]; GFEJ 308, 394, 449; EQ 345 (BC); JN3: 60; WPR 137, 336; JSS 53


(John 16:26f)

IP3:304 (1674): Indeed grace and mercy and peace are multiplied from God our Father, in and through the Lord Jesus Christ, daily [1 Pet 1:2/Jude 1:2]; insomuch as that saying of Christ to his disciples (John 16:26-27) is now fulfilled: "I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you; for the Father himself loveth you," &c. The Father in his love hath brought us to the Son, and the Son in the same love hath brought us back to the Father; and now the love flows from the Father, in and through the Son, most naturally and abundantly.

(John 16:33)

[Other texts citing John 16:33: GF7:55 (under Heb 2:18), GF8:44 (Rev 20:8), GF8:251 (1 Jn 5:19)]

WPR 137 (1677): I write not to you as to the world, for you are called out of the world [John 15:19], by him that hath overcome the world [John 16:33]; that as he is not of this world, so you may not be of this world. Come then out of it more and more, out of the nature, out of the spirit, out of the fruits, and out of the fashions of the world! They are all for the fire. Christ said, the world loveth its own [John 15:19]. Search with the Light of the Lord Jesus, what there is in you, that the world owneth and loveth ; for that is its own. And consider what it is, that the world is offended with : not with that which cometh from itself, of its own making and inventing, but that which crosseth its inventions , that is of another nature, and springeth of another root. O be not conformed to the fashions of this world, that please the lust, which grieveth the Spirit of God [[Eph 4:30]; but be ye renewed in your minds [Rom 12:2]; and being so within , you will be as a new people without .

JSS 53 (17–): He trod into the sympathetic experience of every step of our tribulations and sufferings, and commiserates us in our most tried states; and having conquered our grand adversary, in our nature, and while clothed with flesh and found in fashion as a man, well may he bid us be of good cheer, and not far the assaults of satan: laying down as the groundork and reason of our confidence and cheerfulness, "I have overcome the world!" [John 16:33]


17:1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted [GBT: lift] up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the [G: that] hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also [T: omits] may glorify thee:

17:2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as [G: all them that] thou hast given him.

17:3 And [BT: omit] this is life eternal, that they might know thee [G: know thee to be] the only true [GT: very] God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent [GT: whom thou has sent, Jesus Christ].      qtext


(John 17) IP3: 24

(John 17:1f) IP3: 36

(John 17:2f) GF5: 148

(John 17:3-5) IP3: 19

(John 17:3) GF5: 228, 392; GF6: 378; GF7: 184 [192], 238 [223]; GF8: 11 [265], 23 [277], 163 [356], 179 [361], 304 [411]; MFU 209; JN2: 228, 289 ; JN3: 126; WDS 39, 106; IP3: 83, 280, 325f; RBA 19; RBAF 4(13); EQ 315 (BC); HPS 287, 305, 328; WPR 31, 34, 217, 311; WPT 12, 101, 320f, 342


(John 17:3)

[Other texts citing John 17:3: JN2:289 (under Rev 22:4), IP3:280 (Luk 24:47), WPR 311 (Rom 1:19)]

GF8:304 (1686): Dear friends, who are the sons and daughters of God [2 Cor 6:18], who have his law written in your hearts [Jer 31:33], by which you know God and Jesus Christ, which is eternal life to know [John 17:3]; and you that have put on Christ Jesus [Gal 3:27] are the new creatures, and are in him [2 Cor 5:17], clothed with Christ the son of righteousness [Mal 4:2], who is the light of the world [John 8:12; continued under Rev 12:1]....

WDS 106 (1655): Therefore, every one that desires to know the only true God and Jesus Christ whom he hath sent [John 17:3], turn your minds within, and examine your hearts, search and try your ways with the light that Christ Jesus hath enlightened you withal [John 1:9], that shows you in your hearts what is sin....

RBA 19, RBAF 4,13 (1678, I): THE FIRST PROPOSITION. Seeing the height of all happiness is placed in the true knowledge of God; "This is life eternal, to know the true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent [John 17:3]; the true and right understanding of this foundation and ground of knowledge is that which is most necessary to be known and believed in the first place.

HPS 286f (Susanna Blandford, 1698): [about the age of eighteen] by Providence I was led into the North, at which time, by wonderful changes wrought in them (by which they had the name given them) called Quakers, a people so contrary to my education; and the many strange reports, that were raised of them was rather frightful, than desirable to me; but that God, that saw the great desire I had to know him, the only true God, and Jesus Christ his Son [John 17:3], led the blind by a way I knew not [Isa 42:16], and by one not called a Quaker.... I received a true account of the principles and good lives of these people....


17:4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.      qtext

17:5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me [GT: glorify me, thou Father; B: glorify thou me, O Father] with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before [BT: ere] the world was.      qtext


(John 17:4) IP4: 80

(John 17:4f) IP3: 210, 461f

(John 17:5) GFJN 404f; GF3: 53, 69, 104, 110, 180, 246, 254, 300, 373; GF4: 74, 110, 146, 154, 168f, 226; GF5: 148; GF6: 203, 379; GF7: 123 [130], 131 [134], 233 [222], 246 [231], 246 [232], 251 [232], 294, 295, 299 [249], 313 [260]; GF8: 6 [265], 26,29 [279], 34 [284], 38 [288]; GFT 102, 110, 203; MFU 375; JN3: 126; 725 (RR); IP3: 30, 37, 225; IP4: 172; EQ 300; 318 (BC); HPS 354 (EB); WPR 317; WPT 133


(John 17:4f)

IP3:210 (1671) He saith, The Lord our righteousness redeems us, not properly by the life and Spirit of his Godhead; though that was in the work, supporting, enabling him, and carrying him up, in that great undertaking; but by the death and sufferings of his manhood. Ans. This is a strange doctrine, to make the manhood the main Redeemer, and the life and Spirit of the Godhead but the supporter and carrier up of the man in the work of redemption; whereas it was the Word which created all, which also redeemed; he that left his glory, and made himself of no reputation, but came in the form of a servant [Phil 2:7] to do the will. It was the Spirit and life of the Father (even the eternal Son) which took up that body, appeared in that body, offered it up in a pure and acceptable sacrifice to the Father, finishing the work therein which the Father gave him to do. John 17:4f.

(John 17:5)

[Other texts citing John 17:5: GF6:203 (under 1 Jn 2:13f), GF7:246 (Rev 3:14), GF7:295 (Jas 1:17), IP4:172 (Mat 3:15), EQ 300 (Rev 4:8)]

GFT 110 (1675): Joyful are the feet of those that preach the gospel on the top of the mountains [Isa 52:7], which blessed glorious gospel of Christ is not of man nor by man [Gal 1:1], but by the Lord Jesus, the heavenly spiritual man [1 Cor 15:46f] glorified with the Father before the world began [John 17:5].


17:6 I have manifested [GBT: declared] thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word [T: sayings].      qtext

17:7 Now they have known [GT: know] that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.

17:8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known [T: know] surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed [G: have believed; T: do believe] that thou didst send [G: hast sent] me.

17:9 I pray for them: I [T: and] pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.

17:10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.

17:11 And now I am [GBT: am I] no more [B: not] in the world, but these [B: and they; T: but they] are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own [G: them in thy; T: in thine own] name those whom [G: even them whom; BT: the which] thou hast given me, that they may [B: +also] be one, as we are.      qtext

17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have [GBT: have I] kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition [G: the child of perdition; BT: that lost child]; that the scripture might be fulfilled.      qtext

[John 17:12, cf 2 Th 2:3]


(John 17:6) GF6: 202

(John 17:8) GF5: 172; GF6: 392; WPR 217

(John 17:9) JN1: 135

(John 17:11) GF5: 148; MFU 288; JSS 9

(John 17:12) GFJN 30, 46; GF7: 71 [56]; GF8: 245 [390] [cf 2 Th 2:3]


(John 17:6)

GF6:202 (1681): And Christ said, "Sanctify them through they word, thy word is truth [John 17:17]." ... "I have given them thy word, and they have kept they word [John 17:6]".... Now here you may see the disciples kept the word of God, which was the means to keep their hearts, ways, and words clean [Psa 119:9]; but the Jews, priests, scribes and Pharisees, that made a great outward profession of the scriptures, whose ways were unclean, and mouths full of foul unclean words against Christ, Christ told them, "that the word of God did not abide in them [John 5:38]."....

(John 17:11)

MFU 288 (1660): The God of power keep all his in that testimony which shall never die but hath power and victory over death & hell. My love is dear unto you all. Farewell. And the God of power preserve & keep you all in his own name [John 17:11].

JSS 9 (17–): For though there is, in a sense, properly a plurality as brought forth in the many coheirs of the inheritance, yet in the ground and substance of it, as in God, it is one heir, one offspring, one only begotten: andhence the assertion, "we, being many are one bread [1 Cor 10:17];" and hence Christ’s prayer to the Father, that they might all be one, as he and the Father are one [John 17:11].

(John 17:12)

[Other texts citing John 17:12: GFJN 46 (under Mat 27:5)]


17:13 And [BT: omit] now come I to thee; and these things [BT: words] I speak [GBT: speak I] in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves [T: full in them].

17:14 I have given them thy word [T: words]; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even [G: omits] as I [B: +also] am not of the world.      qtext

17:15 I pray [T: desire] not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest [GBT: omit] keep them from the [GBT: omit] evil.      qtext

17:16 They are not of the world, even [GBT: omit] as I [B: +also] am not of the world.

17:17 Sanctify them through [GT: with] thy truth: thy word [T: saying] is [B: +the] truth.      qtext

[John 17:17, cf 1 Tim 4:5]

17:18 As thou hast sent [GBT: didst send] me into the world, even [G: omits] so have I also [GT: omit] sent them into the world.

17:19 And for their sakes I sanctify [GBT: sanctify I] myself, that they also might [G: may] be sanctified through the truth.      qtext


(John 17:14) GF5: 148; GF6: 99; GF7: 40 [33]; GF8: 198 [369], 256 [397]; MFS 90; JN1: 135; JN3: 57; IP2: 89, 127, 176; RBA 109; RBAF 81; EQ 374 (IP) [cf John 8:23, 15:19]

(John 17:15-17) WPR 72

(John 17:15) GF4: 304; JWJM 123

[John 17:16 see John 17:14]

(John 17:17) GF6: 202; GF8: 16 [270]; IP3: 250, 271; IPL 52 [cf 1 Tim 4:5]

(John 17:18) GF2: 252; GF6: 392

(John 17:19-26) GF5: 291f

(John 17:19) GF5: 148; IP4: 103


(John 17:14)

[Other texts citing John 17:14: MFS 90f (Rev 13:18)]

GF6:99 (1680): And Christ said, "the world hated him, and he was not of the world, but testified against it, and therefore it hated him [John 7:7]." And he said unto his disciples, "that they were not of the world, as he was not of the world [John 17:14];" and therefore they were to be conformable to the image of Christ [Rom 8:29], and not conformable to the world [Rom 12:2].

IP2:176 (1661): The contrariety of that which is born of God, and drawn out of the world, to that which is of the flesh, or of corrupt man, and left in the world, this is that which increaseth and draweth forth the enmity in the corrupt principle. "They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world; therefore the world hateth them [John 17:14]." They are of another spirit, of another image, of another make, of another heart, of another desire, of another manner of carriage and demeanor, of another principle, and have other ends in all they do, than the world.....

(John 17:15)

JWJM 123 (17– ): And being at our youths’ meeting in Chesterfield about a week before the time I expected to set off, was there led to speak on that prayer of our Redeemer to his Father: "I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from evil [John 17:15]." And in attending to the pure openings of Truth, had to mention what he elsewhere said to his Father: "I know that thou hearest me at all times" [John 11:42], so that as some of his followers kept their places, and as his prayer was granted, it followed necessarily that they were kept from evil.

(John 17:17)

[Other texts citing John 17:17: GF6:202 (John 17:6)]

IP3:271 (1672): When [David] saith, "Wherewithal shall a young amn cleanse his way?" And immediately giveth the answer, "By taking heed according to thy Word [Psa 119:9]." Doth he mean the letter without, or the Word within? What is it that cleanseth the heart, that cleanseth the way?: Is it any thing less than the water of life [Rev 21:6], than the blood of the everlasting covenant [Heb 13:20], than the Word and life of truth within? "Sanctify them by thy truth; thy Word is truth [John 17:17]." In the sense of that inwardly, and obedience to it, is the renewing and sanctification felt. And so this brings to be undefiled in the way [Psa 119:13], and to keep the testimonies of life, and preserves from doing iniquity.

(John 17:19)

[Other texts citing John 17:19: IP4:103 (under Heb 10:10)]


17:20 [G: +Nevertheless] Neither pray I [GBT: I pray not] for these [BT: them] alone, but for them also which shall believe on [G: in] me through their word [BT: preaching];

17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, [G: +O] Father, art in me, and I in thee [G: +even; B: +and] that they also may be [GT: may be also] one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.      qtext

17:22 And the [T: that] glory which [GT: that] thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even [GBT: omit] as we are one:

17:23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.      qtext

17:24 Father, I will that they also, whom [GBT: which] thou hast given me, be with me [G: +even] where I am; that they may behold [G: behold that; BT: see] my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation [T: making] of the world.

17:25 O righteous Father, the world [GB: world also; T: very world] hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.

17:26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may [T: omits] be in them, and I [T: that I be] in them.


(John 17:20) JN3: 5

(John 17:21-23) GF6: 400; GF8: 277 [399]; JN1: 496; JN2: 445; IP3: 43; EQ 322 (BC)

(John 17:21) JN1: 56; IP1: 318

(John 17:21f) JN1: 15 (GF)

(John 17:22-25) GF5: 148

(John 17:22) GF2: 252, 354; GF5: 172

(John 17:23) DGA 76; MFU 124; JN1: 124, 126, 132, 192; JN2: 546; JN3: 442, 446; WPT 317

(John 17:24) GF6: 379

(John 17:25f) WPT 207

(John 17:26) GFEJ 476


(John 17:21-23)

IP3:43 (1667): Query 24. Is not the substance, the life, the anointing, called Christ, wherever it is found? Doth not the name belong to the whole body (and every member in the body) as well as to the head? Are they not all of one; yea, all one in the anointing? Was not this the great desire of his heart to the Father, that they all might be one, even as the Father and Christ are one, John 17:21,23. And so being one in the same Spirit (one in the same life, one in the same divine nature, 2 Pet 1:4, even partakers of God's holiness, Heb 12:10), Christ is not ashamed to call them brethren; Heb 2:11....

(John 17:23)

MFU 24 (1655?): upon this rock is the whole Church built [Mat 7:24f], and the foundation of it stands in the light, wherein is the unity, where no evil is, where no division is, where no sect nor schism is, where no strife is, nor no particular propriety, but all one in Christ Jesus [Gal 3:28], the substance of all life, who comes to take upon him the seed of Abraham, and to gather together, & to make all one; I in them & thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one [John 17:23]; and if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, & heirs according to the promise [Gal 3:29]....

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