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Lord’s Prayer

The prayer which Jesus taught His disciples, recorded in different forms in Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:1-4. The two versions are introduced differently. Matthew has, “This is how you should pray: . . .” Luke has, “When you pray, say: . . .” It may be that the prayer was given to His disciples in slightly different forms on two occasions. If, on the other hand, it is the same utterance of Jesus which has reached us in these two forms, most scholars would hold that Luke's version is nearer the original and that Matthew's is an expansion, perhaps in the form which it had already acquired in the worship of the church for which he wrote. The doxology, “For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever,” is found only in later MSS of Matthew, and may have been added by a scribe because he was used to saying the prayer with that ending. The prayer contains much which can be paralleled from pre- Christian Jewish sources, but its originality lies in its compact arrangement and its