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THE PRESENT LORD PRAYER

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name: Thy kingdom come; Thy will be
done on earth, as it is heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread; and forgive us our sin, as we forgive those who sin
against us; and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. Amen

Comparison of the Aramaic Lord Prayer and the Present Lord Prayer:

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Similarity

1. In the Aramaic Prayer the Father name is Sacred and His kingdom is come;
the same as the present Lord Prayer.

Differences

1. In the Aramaic Prayer the Lord is everywhere; but in the present one the Lord
is in Heaven only, implying not on earth.
2. In the Aramaic Prayer the Will of the Lord is throughout the earth and
throughout the universe; but in the present one the will of the Lord is on earth
as it is on heaven, implying not in the whole universe.
3. In the Aramaic Prayer the Lord gives needful bread daily; in the present one,
man has to ask for daily bread.
4. In the Aramaic Prayer the Lord forgives the sin of man; in the present one,
man asks the Lord for the forgiveness of sin.
5. In the Aramaic Prayer the Lord let not man enters into materialism; in the
present one man ask not to lead him into temptation and deliver him from evil.
6. In the Aramaic Prayer it include “Because yours are the kingdom, the power
and the song and praise, from all ages, throughout all ages. (Sealed) in faith,
trust and truth.” This is not included in the present Lord Prayer.

Commentaries by Jesse D. Alto

In the Aramaic Prayer the Lord is everywhere. In the present Lord prayer, the Father is
only in heaven which is some sort of a limitation. Is God limited only in heaven?

In the Aramaic Prayer the Will of the Lord is throughout the earth and the universe but
the present prayer His Will is only limited here on earth and in heaven. This is again a
limitation.

In the Aramaic Prayer the Lord gives needed bread daily but in the present prayer man
has to ask for daily bread. The bread has two meanings. One is the spiritual bread
(Spiritual teachings that feed and enriches the soul) that feed the immortal soul and
makes man perfect (Be perfect as your Father is perfect) and two, the physical bread that
feed the physical body. Man has to understand the real meaning of the prayer and apply
accordingly.

In the Aramaic Prayer the Lord forgives the sin of man; the present prayer man asks for
the forgiveness of sin. In the Aramaic Prayer, the forgiveness of sin has deep meaning
since its implication is that sin is forgiven through self knowledge and man’s own effort
rectifying errors or sins committed. In the present prayer, the sin of man is forgiven
simply by asking God to forgive his sin. It also imply that man can commit as many sins
(regardless of its numerous repetition and gravity) and by just asking for God’s
forgiveness sins are erased and eliminated which is contrary to the laws of goodness and
of nature.

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In the Aramaic Prayer the Lord discourage man to enter the material world (Jesus said
that while He is in this material world but not of this world since He belongs to the world
of spirit). This means that man is encourage living in the world of spirituality which is
following God’s Will, love and wisdom. In the present prayer man is dependence on God
leading him out of temptation and taken out from evil (selfish and materialistic) ways.

In the Aramaic Prayer man is told of his kingdom, the power and the song and praise
from all ages throughout all ages in faith, trust and truth. This is a glorious attainment for
man who by self reliant and own effort can attain human perfection to sit at the right hand
of His Father. This is not included in the present Lord Prayer.

The two Lord’s Prayers while seemingly alike have different impact on man’s
understanding of his true spiritual nature and ways with different results.