“I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.”
King James Version (KJV)
17:9 I pray not for the world - Not in these petitions, which are adapted to the state of believers only. (He prays for the world at #John 17:21|,23, that they may believe - That they may know God hath sent him.) This no more proves that our Lord did not pray for the world, both before and afterward, than his praying for the apostles alone, #John 17:6 |- 19, proves that he did not pray for them also which shall believe through their word, #John 17:20|.
Joh 17:9 I pray for them. The apostles. The prayer of Joh 17:9-19 is for these. I pray not for the world. Not at this time; he came into the world to save it, and we are not to conclude that he would never pray for its conversion and welfare, Now, however, his petition is confined to the apostles, the little band who are hanging upon his words.