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The Lord's Prayer


Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
But deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
                       --Book of Common Prayer, 1928


Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name, 
your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
                        --New International Version, 1984


Our Father, from whom the breath of life comes,

who fills all realms of sound, light and vibration (heaven).

May Your name be set apart. 

Your Kingdom (counsel) comes.

Your will (desire) comes true - in the universe
and also on earth.

Give us our needful daily bread.

Free us from our offenses,
Just as we free those who offend us.

Do not let us enter into superficial things (materialism),

but separate us from the evil one. 

Amen (Sealed in trust, faith and truth, I confirm with my entire being)

                        --Aramaic (Our Translation)



Lord's Prayer

Probably the most well-known of all Christian prayers, what we call the Lord's Prayer appears in Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4.  Interestingly enough, the doxology that appears at the end of the version from the Book of Common Prayer (For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, or ever and ever.) doesn't actually appear in the Bible.  There are also variations in the translation of "trespasses," "debts," offenses," "sins," etc.  We've included an Aramaic translation as well.  For a number of reasons.  Jesus spoke Aramaic, so that would be the language he used when speaking to the disciples.  Our Bibles were translated from the Spoken Aramaic to Greek and then into Latin, English, etc.  Aramaic, like Hebrew, is a rich language with layers of meaning for each word or phrase that is not easily captured in a translation into a language like Greek or English.  We like the richness that the Aramaic adds to familiar Biblical passages like the Lord's Prayer.




Which one is the "correct" translation?  We have no idea.  Nor do we believe it matters.  The words themselves do not have magical qualities.  The point of the prayer as Jesus taught it was to praise God, recognize His sovereignty, and ask for our needs to be met, our sins to be forgiven, to keep us "in this world" but not "of this world," and for protection from Satan.  As with all prayer, the words matter less than what's in our heart.



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