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The Lord's Prayer
Where is the Lord's prayer in the bible?

The Lord's Prayer can be found in two places in the New Testament section of the bible, as recorded in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. The wording as it appears in Matthew forms the basis of this popular prayer. (This can be read further down this page):-


Matthew chapter 6, verses 9 - 13

Pray like this: 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10 Let your Kingdom come. Let your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors. 13 Let us not come into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. [For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever. Amen.]'


(New Heart English Bible)


Luke chapter 11, verses 1 - 4

1 One day Jesus was in a place talking with God. When he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, `Lord, teach us to talk with God as John taught his disciples.'

2 Jesus said, `When you talk with God, say, "Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your kingdom come.

3 Give us our food day by day.

4 Forgive us for the wrong things we have done. We forgive everyone who has done wrong to us. Do not lead us to be tested."

 

(THE JESUS BOOK - The Bible in Worldwide English. Copyright SOON Educational Publications, Derby DE65 6BN, UK. Used by permission)




Explore the Lord's Prayer through the writings of three famous biblical theologians (Matthew Henry, Adam Clarke and Albert Barnes).

The Lord's prayer opens with addressing God as "Father who art in Heaven". There are then seven petitions. The first requests are contected with the worship of God ("Hallowed be thy name") and His ways. The next four concern the needs of man - his physical ("Give us today our daily bread"), mental (with temptation) spiritual (against evil) and relational needs (forgiveness). The prayer then concludes with a doxology.


The Lord's Prayer

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The Lord's Prayer

The Lord's prayer contains the sum total of religion and morals.

(Wellington)


The Lord's Prayer

A short inspiring reading of this famous prayer:-


About the writers in the commentary section

In this section you can discover more about the Lord's Prayer through some of the most notable exponents in biblical interpretation.

Matthew Henry Matthew Henry (1662-1714) was a non-conformist English clerygman. His commentaries on the scriptures are intended as a devotional guide to the bible, rather than as a critical study.

Albert Barnes Albert Barnes (1798-1870) was a Presbyterian minister and American theologian. His 'New Testament Notes' are invaluable in helping to understand difficult passages of scripture. Barnes frequently references the original Greek to reveal the meaning of the text.

Adam Clarke Adam Clarke (1769 or 62 to 1832) was a Methodist minister and biblical theologian. His extensive commentary on the New Testament, at around 6000 pages long, is one of the longest works on the bible ever written by one person.





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