11:2 So he said to them, “When you pray, 1 say:
may your kingdom come. 4
11:4 and forgive us our sins,
for we also forgive everyone who sins 6 against us.
And do not lead us into temptation.” 7
1 sn When you pray. What follows, although traditionally known as the Lord’s prayer, is really the disciples’ prayer. It represents how they are to approach God, by acknowledging his uniqueness and their need for his provision and protection.
2 tc Most
sn God is addressed in terms of intimacy (Father). The original Semitic term here was probably Abba. The term is a little unusual in a personal prayer, especially as it lacks qualification. It is not the exact equivalent of “Daddy” (as is sometimes popularly suggested), but it does suggest a close, familial relationship.
3 tn Grk “hallowed be your name.”
4 tc Most
sn Your kingdom come represents the hope for the full manifestation of God’s promised rule.
5 tn Or “Give us bread each day for the coming day,” or “Give us each day the bread we need for today.” The term ἐπιούσιος (epiousio") does not occur outside of early Christian literature (other occurrences are in Matt 6:11 and Didache 8:2), so its meaning is difficult to determine. Various suggestions include “daily,” “the coming day,” and “for existence.” See BDAG 376 s.v.; L&N 67:183, 206.
7 tc Most
tn Or “into a time of testing.”
sn The request Do not lead us into temptation is not to suggest that God causes temptation, but is a rhetorical way to ask for his protection from sin.