and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us




In this verse from the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches his followers how to say the Lord's Prayer.

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And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

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Matthew 6:12 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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And καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words And
forgive ἄφες To send forth, in various applications (as follow) forgive
us ἡμῖν To (or for, with, by) us us
our ἡμῶν Of (or from) us our
debts, ὀφειλήματα Something owed, i.e., (figuratively) a due; morally, a fault debts
as ὡς Which how, i.e., in that manner (very variously used, as follows) as
we ἡμεῖς We (only used when emphatic) we
forgive ἀφίεμεν To send forth, in various applications (as follow) forgive
our ἡμῶν· Of (or from) us our
debtors. ὀφειλέταις An ower, i.e., person indebted; figuratively, a delinquent; morally, a transgressor (against God) debtors

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

  • 11  Give us this day our daily bread.

  • 12  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

  • 13  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.

  • 14  For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:


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