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Matthew 6

The Lord’s Prayer

A. 9. Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
 B. 10. Thy kingdom come.

  C. Thy will be done in earth,
   D. as it is in heaven.

    E. 11. Give us this day our daily bread.
     F. [Ellipsis*]
    E’. 12. And forgive us our debts,
     F’. as we forgive our debtors.

   D’. 13. And lead us not into temptation,
  C’. but deliver us from evil:

 B’. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and glory, forever,
A’. Amen.

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* Idea in ellipsis could be understood to be, ‘As we give our bread to the poor and hungry.’ See supporting Old Testament verses below:

  • Psalm 105:40 — The people asked, and he brought quails, and satisfied them with the bread of heaven.
  • Psalm 132:15 — I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread.
  • Proverbs 22:9 — He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.
  • Ecclesiastes 11:1 — Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.
  • Isaiah 58:7 — Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?

2 comments to Matthew 6 — The Lord’s Prayer

  • Benjamin Yan

    Can the verses (of the Lord’s prayer) be arranged in the way as shown below?

    A. 9. Our Father which art in heaven,
    B. Hallowed be thy name.
    C. 10. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it
    is in heaven.
    D. 11. Give us this day our daily bread.
    E. 12. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our
    debtors.
    D’. 13. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us
    from evil:
    C’. For thine is the kingdom, and the power,
    B’. and glory,
    A’. forever, Amen.

  • Scott Vanatter

    Hi Benjamin. I like your suggested outline. Jared and I constantly debated various alternate outlines. We have found that “name” almost always falls into an A or an F structure. We have also found that “heaven” almost always falls in a D structure, especially when closely-related to “earth” in the C structure. Lastly, for now, “bread” almost always falls into the E structure. So, while your outline has some level of internal consistency, I would still prefer our outline, as published.

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