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Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament

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John 17:8

The words (ta rhmata).
Plural, each word of God, as in 3:34, and of Christ (5:47; 6:63,68), while the singular (ton logon sou) in verses 17:6,14 views God's message as a whole.

Knew (egnwsan).
Second aorist active indicative of ginwskw like elabon in contrast with egnwkan (perfect) in verse 7. They definitely "received and recognized truly" (alhtwv). There was comfort to Christ in this fact.

They believed (episteusan).
Another aorist parallel with elabon and egnwsan. The disciples believed in Christ's mission from the Father (John 6:69; Matthew 16:16). Note apesteilav here as in verse 17:3. Christ is God's {Apostle} to man (Hebrews 3:1). This statement, like a solemn refrain (Tou didst send me), occurs five times in this prayer (verses 8,18,21,23,25).

 


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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on John 17:8". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/rwp/view.cgi?book=joh&chapter=017&verse=008>. Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960.

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