John 17:3

And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And this is life eternall, that they might know thee the onely true God, and Iesus Christ whom thou hast sent.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And this is life eternal, that they should know thee the only true God, and him whom thou didst send, `even' Jesus Christ.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And this is eternal life: to have knowledge of you, the only true God, and of him whom you have sent, even Jesus Christ.
- Basic English Bible

And this is the eternal life, that they should know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.
- Darby Bible

And this is life eternal, that they may know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.
- Webster's Bible

And in this consists the Life of the Ages--in knowing Thee the only true God and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent.
- Weymouth Bible

This is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and him whom you sent, Jesus Christ.
- World English Bible

And this is euerlastynge lijf, that thei knowe thee very God aloone, and whom thou hast sent, Jhesu Crist.
- Wycliffe Bible

and this is the life age-during, that they may know Thee, the only true God, and him whom Thou didst send -- Jesus Christ;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 17:3


17:3 To know - By loving, holy faith, thee the only true God - The only cause and end of all things; not excluding the Son and the Holy Ghost, no more than the Father is excluded from being Lord, #1Cor 8:6|; but the false gods of the heathens; and Jesus Christ - As their prophet, priest, and king: this is life eternal - It is both the way to, and the essence of, everlasting happiness.


People's Bible Notes for John 17:3


Joh 17:3 This life is eternal, that they might know thee, etc. The knowledge of God as manifested in Jesus Christ is the first requisite to salvation and life eternal. They key to that knowledge is faith and love.

Discussion for John 17

  • Miriam
    John 17 clearly shows us that Jesus pleaded for our case then as he is still doing now before our Father.Jesus extended the love and blessings from God to whoever believes,seeks and acknowledges Him.

    Jesus further asks God to bless his followers while still in the world not to take us out of it but to keep evil away from them.
    God's love is so manifested by Jesus,Glory to Him
  • Ppastor Troy
    Never noticed before but seems like the first part of the prayer Jesus is praying for His disciples. Then vs 20 stars praying for those that believe their word to be one. . wow does that include me.
  • Valerie Jones
    Breathtaking. This is true Agape' Love. Thank God for Jesus that day by day we can walk in this same love and truly have this kind of love for one another.
  • Jerry A Rebolledo
    Lord Jesus bring me ever closer to thee and take my anxiety and fears and cleanse me with thy precious blood once and for all.burn into my heart that thy atoning death paid my sin debt in full and use me and mold me as you see fit.you are the way to life eternal, my spiritual life is thy hands LORD JESUS amen!
  • Bob DeHaan
    Do you know Jesus Christ like he must be known. That being Jesus should be more important than your wife and family. He needs to be our first love always. He is our constant truth and gives us our bearings as we live our lives for Him each day, because it truly matters to the Godhead. May you know Eternal Life in Christ Jesus.
  • Neil Scott
    "These words spake Jesus"
    What a loaded statement! Could anybody else have spoken them? Is there anybody else qualified to make them? If John had stopped at these four words could anybody have imagined what was to follow? "These words", revealed the heart of the 'Word'.