Read & Study the Bible Online - Bible Portal
Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 6:9-13

The dualities of the Lord's Prayer. Of this prayer Ward Beecher says, "One knows not which most to admire in this form—its loftiness of spirit, its comprehensiveness, its brevity, its simplicity, or its union of human and Divine elements. All prayer may be said to have crystallized in this prayer. The Church has worn it for hundreds of years upon her bosom, as the brightest gem of devotion." Forms of devotion seem to have been provided by the ecclesiastical rulers. New forms had been given... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 6:9-15

The Lord's Prayer. This is the model prayer. It is not simply one form of prayer intended to supersede all others, or to take its place among prayers of a different character. It is the type and pattern of all prayer. "After this manner therefore pray ye." Let us note its leading characteristics. I. IN FORM IT IS BRIEF , CLEAR , AND SIMPLE . This is offered in contrast to the vain repetitions of the heathen. It is not the length of a prayer, but the reality of it, that... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 6:12

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors . Forgive ; a change in God's relation to us and our sins. No plea is urged, for the atonement had not yet been made. Our debts ( τὰ ὀφειλήματα ἡμῶν ) parallel passage in Luke, τὰς ἁμαρτίας ἡμῶν ) . It is probable that Matthew took one meaning, perhaps the more primary, and Luke another, perhaps the more secondary, of the original Aramaic word ( אבוח ); but, as "debtors" comes in the next clause, it seems... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 6:12

The fifth petition. It is to be pointed out that the Gospel version of the Lord's Prayer uses here in this petition the words "debts" and "debtors;" while, in what may be regarded as a parallel passage ( Luke 11:4 ), the prayer reads, "Forgive us our sins , as we forgive our debtors" It might, possibly, and not altogether unplausibly, be held that this last form of the words designs to avoid bringing into near comparison the dread reality we call sin against God, with our sins... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 6:12-15

The Lord's Prayer (part 3). Having considered three of the seven petitions of this wonderful prayer, we come to consider those remaining, which have reference to the forgiveness of evil and deliverance from the evil one. I. THE FORGIVENESS OF EVIL . 1 . We need this. 2 . It is conditionally promised. II. DEFENCE AGAINST THE EVIL ONE . 1 . Lead us not , into temptation. 2 . Deliver us from the evil one. read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Matthew 6:9-13

This passage contains the Lord’s prayer, a composition unequalled for comprehensiveness and for beauty. It is supposed that some of these petitions were taken from those in common use among the Jews. Indeed some of them are still to be found in Jewish writings, but they did not exist in this beautiful combination. This prayer is given as a “model.” It is designed to express the “manner” in which we are to pray, evidently not the precise words or petitions which we are to use. The substance of... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Matthew 6:12

Matthew 6:12. And forgive us our debts, &c. The suffering of punishment for transgressing God’s laws is a debt which sinners owe to the divine justice; and “when we ask God, in prayer, to forgive our debts, we beg that he would be mercifully pleased to remit the punishment of our sins, particularly the pains of hell; and that, laying aside his displeasure, he would graciously receive us into favour, and bless us with eternal life. In this petition, therefore, we confess our sins, and... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Matthew 6:1-18

41. Giving, praying and fasting (Matthew 6:1-18; Luke 11:1-4)If the followers of Jesus give help to the needy with the aim of winning people’s praise, their giving is of no value in God’s sight. They will have their reward in the praise they seek, but will miss out on any reward from God. They should keep matters of giving secret from even their closest friends (Matthew 6:1-4).Prayer also is a private matter. Believers do not need to make a show of prayerful zeal, as if their heavenly Father... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Matthew 6:12

our debts. Sin is so called because failure in the obligation involves expiation and satisfaction. we = we also = that is only what we mortals do. "We" is thus emphatic ("also" is ignored by the Authorized Version) forgive. All editions read "have forgiven". That prayer and plea was suited for that dispensation of the kingdom, but is reversed in this present dispensation. See Ephesians 4:32 . Then, forgiveness was conditioned; now, we forgive because we have been forgiven on account of... read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - Matthew 6:12

Matthew 6:12. And forgive us our debts, &c.— 5. We may observe, that this is the only petition in this prayer upon which our Lord enlarges, and indeed it is a petition of the greater consequence, and the more to be attended to by us, as we ourselves ask that which is the greatest of all things from God, even the pardon of our sins, upon a conditionvoluntarilyurged.It is hardly possible to imagine a more effectual expedient to promote the forgiveness of injuries, than thisof making it a part... read more

Group of Brands