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John 17:15 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— I pray not that thou shouldest take them from the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil [one].
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil [one].
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— I pray not that thou shouldst take them out of the world, but that thou shouldst keep them from the evil.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— I do not demand that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them out of evil.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— I request not, that thou wouldst take them out of the world, but that thou wouldst keep them out of the evil:
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— I do not ask that Thou mayest take them out of the world, but that Thou mayest keep them out of the evil.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— I pray not that thou shouldst take them out of the world, but that thou shouldst keep them from evil.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keepe them from the euill.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— Not that thou wouldest take them out of the world do I pray, but that thou wouldest keep them from the evil;
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— I pray not, that thou wouldst take them out of the world, but that thou wouldst keep them from evil:

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
I pray 2065
{2065} Prime
ἐρωτάω
erotao
{er-o-tah'-o}
Apparently from G2046 (compare G2045); to interrogate; by implication to request.
z5719
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
not 3756
{3756} Prime
οὐ
ou
{oo}
A primary word; the absolutely negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not.
that 2443
{2443} Prime
ἵνα
hina
{hin'-ah}
Probably from the same as the former part of G1438 (through the demonstrative idea; compare G3588); in order that (denoting the purpose or the result).
thou shouldest take 142
{0142} Prime
αἴρω
airo
{ah'-ee-ro}
A primary verb; to lift; by implication to take up or away; figuratively to raise (the voice), keep in suspense (the mind); specifically to sail away (that is, weigh anchor); by Hebraism (compare [H5375]) to expiate sin.
z5661
<5661> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Subjunctive (See G5792)
Count - 512
them 846
{0846} Prime
αὐτός
autos
{ow-tos'}
From the particle αὖ [[au]] (perhaps akin to the base of G0109 through the idea of a baffling wind; backward); the reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the compound of G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons.
out of 1537
{1537} Prime
ἐκ
ek
{ek}
A primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence motion or action proceeds), from, out (of place, time or cause; literally or figuratively; direct or remote).
the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
world, 2889
{2889} Prime
κόσμος
kosmos
{kos'-mos}
Probably from the base of G2865; orderly arrangement, that is, decoration; by implication the world (in a wide or narrow sense, including its inhabitants, literally or figuratively [morally]).
but 235
{0235} Prime
ἀλλά
alla
{al-lah'}
Neuter plural of G0243; properly other things, that is, (adverbially) contrariwise (in many relations).
that 2443
{2443} Prime
ἵνα
hina
{hin'-ah}
Probably from the same as the former part of G1438 (through the demonstrative idea; compare G3588); in order that (denoting the purpose or the result).
thou shouldest keep 5083
{5083} Prime
τηρέω
tereo
{tay-reh'-o}
From τηρός [[teros]] (a watch; perhaps akin to G2334); to guard (from loss or injury, properly by keeping the eye upon; and thus differing from G5442, which is properly to prevent escaping; and from G2892, which implies a fortress or full military lines of apparatus), that is, to note (a prophecy; figuratively to fulfil a command); by implication to detain (in custody; figuratively to maintain); by extension to withhold (for personal ends; figuratively to keep unmarried).
z5661
<5661> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Subjunctive (See G5792)
Count - 512
them 846
{0846} Prime
αὐτός
autos
{ow-tos'}
From the particle αὖ [[au]] (perhaps akin to the base of G0109 through the idea of a baffling wind; backward); the reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the compound of G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons.
from 1537
{1537} Prime
ἐκ
ek
{ek}
A primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence motion or action proceeds), from, out (of place, time or cause; literally or figuratively; direct or remote).
the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
evil. 4190
{4190} Prime
πονηρός
poneros
{pon-ay-ros'}
From a derivative of G4192; hurtful, that is, evil (properly in effect or influence, and thus differing from G2556, which refers rather to essential character, as well as from G4550, which indicates degeneracy from original virtue); figuratively calamitous; also (passively) ill, that is, diseased; but especially (morally) culpable, that is, derelict, vicious, facinorous; neuter (singular) mischief, malice, or (plural) guilt; masculine (singular) the devil, or (plural) sinners.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

John 17:15-19

_ _ I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world — for that, though it would secure their own safety, would leave the world unblessed by their testimony.

_ _ but ... keep them from the evil — all evil in and of the world.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on John 17:11-16.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

John 17:15

That thou wouldest take them out of the world — Not yet: but that thou wouldest keep them from the evil one — Who reigns therein.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

John 17:15

(4) I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

(4) He shows what type of deliverance he means: not that they should be in no danger, but that in being preserved from all they might prove by experience that the doctrine of salvation is true, which doctrine they received from his mouth to deliver to others.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
take:

Psalms 30:9 What profit [is there] in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?
Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do [it] with thy might; for [there is] no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.
Isaiah 38:18-19 For the grave cannot praise thee, death can [not] celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth. ... The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I [do] this day: the father to the children shall make known thy truth.
Isaiah 57:1 The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth [it] to heart: and merciful men [are] taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil [to come].
Luke 8:38-39 Now the man out of whom the devils were departed besought him that he might be with him: but Jesus sent him away, saying, ... Return to thine own house, and shew how great things God hath done unto thee. And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him.
Philippians 1:20-26 According to my earnest expectation and [my] hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but [that] with all boldness, as always, [so] now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether [it be] by life, or by death. ... That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.

keep:

Genesis 48:16 The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.
1 Chronicles 4:10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep [me] from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.
Psalms 121:7 The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Luke 11:4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
Galatians 1:4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:
2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep [you] from evil.
2 Timothy 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
1 John 5:18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.
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Gn 48:16. 1Ch 4:10. Ps 30:9; 121:7. Ec 9:10. Is 38:18; 57:1. Mt 6:13. Lk 8:38; 11:4. Ga 1:4. Php 1:20. 2Th 3:3. 2Ti 4:8. 1Jn 5:18.

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