What Does the King James Version of Matthew 6:9-13 Discuss?


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Matthew 6:9-13 covers the Lord's Prayer, a model prayer demonstrated by Jesus Christ during his Sermon on the Mount. The first half of the prayer relates more to God and his plans, while the second half deals with personal concerns.

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The prayer begins with "Our Father which art in heaven," which defines prayer as an expression of familial love and trust. The first petition of the prayer is "Hallowed be thy name." Some interpret this as an expression of desire to defend God's character, while others view it simply as an acknowledgement that God is holy. Verse 10 consists of the petitions "Thy kingdom come" and "Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." These petitions express a request that God exert his power definitively on Earth.

Verse 11 contains the petition "Give us this day our daily bread," which is a request that God provide the physical sustenance required to get through a day. Some Christians also believe this petition covers their daily need for shelter and clothing. Verse 12 asks God to "Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors." This petition requests forgiveness for a person's sins; the use of "debt" in place of "sin" emphasizes the idea that something is owed to God.

The Lord's Prayer's last petition is "Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." Most Christians interpret this as a request that God give them strength to overcome a temptation. The prayer ends with the doxology of "For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever."

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