Gospel of John Chapter Seventeen

17:1 After Jesus spoke these things, he lifted his eyes towards the heavens and prayed: “LORD, the time has come. Exalt Your Representative so the Representative may glorify You.
17:2 Because You gave him authority throughout the material realm, he can give eternal life to those You have entrusted to him.
17:3 This is eternal life: That they may know You – the only true God – and whom You have sent, Jesus, whom You Anointed.
17:4 I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work You have given me to do.
17:5 So now, O LORD, honor me with Your presence – with the bliss1 I had with You before the material world existed.
17:6 I have revealed Your Name to the people You have entrusted to Me from the material world: They were Yours and You entrusted them to me, and they have followed Your teachings.
17:7 Now they understand that everything You have given me comes from You.
17:8 The words that You gave me I have given to them; and they received them and surely understood that I came forth from You, and they trust that You sent me.
17:9 I pray for them. I pray not for the material world, but for them You have entrusted to me, for they are Yours.
17:10 And all I have is Yours – and Yours mine – and I am exalted through them.
17:11 I will no longer remain in the material world; but they are in the material world and I am departing to You. Blessed LORD, by the power of Your Name, keep those You have entrusted to me, so they may be united, just as we are.
17:12 While I was with them, I kept them in Your Name, which You have entrusted to me. And I protected them and not one of them were lost except the servant of destruction, in order to execute the Scriptures.
17:13 But now I come before You, and these things I speak in the material world so that my joy will give them fulfillment.
17:14 I have given them Your teachings; and the material world has hated them, because they are not of the material world, just as I am not of the material world.
17:15 I ask not for You to remove them from the material world, but to keep them from wickedness.
17:16 They are not of the material world, just as I am not of the material world.
17:17 Purify them in the Truth; Your teachings are Truth.
17:18 As You sent me into the material world, I have sent them into the material world.
17:19 For their sake I am purified, so they may also be purified in the Truth.
17:20 I do not pray for their sake alone, but also for those who trust in me through their teachings.
17:21 So they may be united, even as You, LORD, are with me and I with You, that they may be with us, so the world may trust that You sent me.
17:22 The bliss that You have given me I have given to them, so they may become united, just as we are united:
17:23 I with them, and You with me, so they may be perfectly united, so the world may know You have sent me – and have loved them just as You have loved me.
17:24 LORD, I would be pleased if those You have entrusted to me will stay with me, so they may perceive the splendor You have given me. For You loved me before the creation of the material world.
17:25 O righteous LORD, although the material world doesn’t know You, I know You and these know that You sent me.
17:26 I have declared Your Name to them, and will continue to declare it; so that the love You have loved me with may be with them, and I may be with them.”


1. Verse 17:5 and 17:22. The Greek word δοξάζω (doxazō) means, according to the lexicon, "to make glorious, make renowned, adorn with luster, clothe with splendor." In the context of the spiritual realm and the relationship between God and Jesus, also given to Jesus' students (17:22) indicates a state of blissfulness – or bliss.