Sunday, December 25, 2016

Day 16- CHRISTmas 2016 - The LORD's prayer clarified

King James Version Of Matthew 6:9-13

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, 

Hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,

for ever. Amen.

Joseph Smith Translation

Therefore after this manner ye shall pray, saying,

Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, 

as it is done in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive them who trespass against us.

And suffer us not to be led into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,  forever and ever. Amen.

1. Joseph changes "which" to "who" referring to the FATHER. Millions of Catholics have been taught to use incorrect English in their incorrect tradition of preferring this prayer to all others.

2. Better parallelism with 2 "done"s for earth and heaven.

3. "In earth" becomes "on earth". I am sure the LORD did not misspeak using Aramaic or Hebrew.

4. "Give us this day our daily bread" is unchanged. Sometimes what Joseph leaves alone is telling. The KJV is not all wrong, there are thousands of verses and hundreds of chapter that Joseph did not have to correct.

5. "Debts" becomes "trespasses", which is a much better word. Not everyone has debts, but everyone has trespassed against God and their fellow man.

6. "Lead us not into temptation" becomes "suffer (allow) us not to be led into temptation". GOD does not lead anyone into temptation. Satan does that.

7. We get "forever" spelled correctly in verse 13, and the addition of "and ever". The Hebrews are known for their repetitive phrasing.

8. Curiously no mention of ending in the LORD's name. Maybe we use CHRIST's name too much?
The name of the priesthood was changed to avoid repetition of HIS name.

9. Most Christians know this is just a template for prayer, not a mantra to repeat over and over like a magic spell. Seems to me JESUS is saying "pray to the Father, ask for the basics, ask for forgiveness because you are all sinners, and keep it short." GOD already knows what we need, but the asking unlocks all kinds of positive benefits for us. GOD usually gives more than we ask in terms of what HE knows we need. Do not foolishly think like Elder Nelson's present wife we can trick GOD into blessing us financially by paying tithing on what we want to make, or by asking for a million dollars in hopes of getting that amount or even more. "Daily bread" means sufficient for your needs. We are not going to get wealth via prayer or tithing. GOD's surplus involves salvation and information. Joseph just wanted to know which church to join. His sins were forgiven for having the faith to ask GOD directly. The brother of Jared had a barge lighting problem, and he got to see the LORD and be redeemed from the fall. There is a reason Satan does not want us to pray...