The Lord's Prayer

“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love (A)to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. (B)Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, (C)go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. (D)And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as (E)the Gentiles do, for (F)they think that they will be heard (G)for their many words. Do not be like them, (H)for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. (I)Pray then like this:

(J)“Our Father in heaven,
(K)hallowed be (L)your name.[a]
10 (M)Your kingdom come,
(N)your will be done,[b]
    (O)on earth as it is in heaven.
11 (P)Give us (Q)this day our daily bread,[c]
12 and forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And (R)lead us not into temptation,
    but (S)deliver us from (T)evil.[d]

14 (U)For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 (V)but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Fasting

16 “And (W)when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. (X)Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, (Y)anoint your head and wash your face, 18 that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. (Z)And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 6:9 Or Let your name be kept holy, or Let your name be treated with reverence
  2. Matthew 6:10 Or Let your kingdom come, let your will be done
  3. Matthew 6:11 Or our bread for tomorrow
  4. Matthew 6:13 Or the evil one; some manuscripts add For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen

(A)“Do not give (B)dogs what is holy, and do not throw your (C)pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.

Ask, and It Will Be Given

(D)“Ask, (E)and it will be given to you; (F)seek, and you will find; (G)knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for (H)bread, will give him (I)a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, (J)who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will (K)your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

The Golden Rule

12 “So (L)whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is (M)the Law and the Prophets.

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