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“Also, when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to pray [publicly] standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets so that they may be seen by men. I assure you and most solemnly say to you, they [already] have their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your most private room, close the door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees [what is done] in secret will reward you.

“And when you pray, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.(A) So do not be like them [praying as they do]; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

“Pray, then, [a]in this way:

‘Our Father, who is in heaven,
[b]Hallowed be Your name.(B)
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[c]Your kingdom come,
Your [d]will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
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‘Give us this day our [e]daily bread.
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‘And forgive us our [f]debts, as we have forgiven our debtors [letting go of both the wrong and the resentment].
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‘And do not [g]lead us into temptation, but deliver us from [h]evil. [i][For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.]’(C)

14 For if you forgive [j]others their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins], your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others [nurturing your hurt and anger with the result that it interferes with your relationship with God], then your Father will not forgive your trespasses.

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 6:9 I.e. as a model or pattern.
  2. Matthew 6:9 I.e. set apart, keep and treat as holy, revere.
  3. Matthew 6:10 A plea for God’s kingdom to be inaugurated on earth.
  4. Matthew 6:10 Including what God wishes to be done by the individual believer—His commands and precepts.
  5. Matthew 6:11 I.e. life’s essentials.
  6. Matthew 6:12 I.e. sins, moral failures.
  7. Matthew 6:13 I.e. lead us away from situations where we are vulnerable and have the opportunity to sin. God does not tempt man (see James 1:13) but does allow man to be tested.
  8. Matthew 6:13 Or the evil one.
  9. Matthew 6:13 This clause is not found in early mss.
  10. Matthew 6:14 Gr anthropoi.

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