“The Our Father” Commentary

The Lord’s Prayer, adapted version
(taken from Matthew chapter 6)

9 Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
New King James Version

COMMENTS
The New King James Version of this prayer is the way most people have heard it sung or recited. It has so much more meaning than these rote words. Numerous authors have expanded significantly on the richness of this prayer of Jesus.
This adapted version simply shares parts of it from four other of the author’s favorite Bible versions, readily available on-line from various websites such as BibleGateway.com

…Our Father in heaven, reveal who you are.
MATTHEW 6:9-13 The Message Bible

COMMENTS
God is our heavenly father, who is so much better than many peoples’ natural or stepfathers—even the really good ones. The various Hebrew and Greek nicknames for God (God the Father, Jesus as God, and God the Holy Spirit) “reveal who” God is; many of his character attributes.

We “hallow,” or praise the holiness of God by pondering—and praying—these numerous nicknames, and titles.

Set the world right…
V. 10 The Message Bible

COMMENTS
This is what it means to have his kingdom come, and his will be done in the world as we know it; to “set” it “right” from the bad that was brought into it after Adam and Eve ate from the tree of good—and evil.
May…your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
V. 10 Phillips New Testament

COMMENTS
People who pray expanded versions of The Lord’s Prayer (sometimes referred to as The Our Father) are asking just that; for God’s “will” to “be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
There is so much theology wrapped up in this short phrase. That is better left for people with Bible school/seminar degrees to flesh out.

Give us today the food we need
V. 11 New Living Translation

COMMENTS
People who write articles, and whole books, on the subject of the deep implications of The Lord’s Prayer often agree that this phrase has to do with anything you “need” on a daily basis (food, finances, wisdom, etc.)

Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others. V.12a (The Message) [letting go of both the wrong and the resentment]. 12b (Amplified Bible)

[For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.]
V. 13 (Amplified Bible and King James versions)

“…to Him be the glory and the power and the majesty and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” REVELATION 1:6 (Amplified Bible)

COMMENTS
The traditional “doxology” that is added to the Matthew version of this prayer, by liturgical church denominations, actually comes from other passages in the Bible.
“…glory, greatness, dominion, and authority” JUDE 25 (multi-version Bible)

“Far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and…above every title that can be conferred, not only in this age and in this world, but also in the age and the world which are to come” EPHESIANS 1:21 (Amplified Bible)

“…to Him be the glory and the power and the majesty and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” REVELATION 1:6 (Amplified Bible)

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