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9I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours.

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9-14. I pray for them—not as individuals merely, but as representatives of all such in every succeeding age (see on Joh 17:20).

not for the world—for they had been given Him "out of the world" (Joh 17:6), and had been already transformed into the very opposite of it. The things sought for them, indeed, are applicable only to such.