The Lord’s Prayer 6: “Thy Will Be Done”

Articles 2 Comments

We noted in a previous article that "Thy will be done" parallels "Thy Kingdom come." Both phrases mean, "May you continue establishing your Kingship." Jesus does not instruct his disciples to pray "if it is your will." It is within God’s purpose that all men should repent and become a part of God’s reign. "May your will be accomplished" is a strong affirmative appeal.

We noted in a previous article that “Thy will be done” parallels “Thy Kingdom come.” Both phrases mean, “May you continue establishing your Kingship.” Jesus does not instruct his disciples to pray “if it is your will.” It is within God’s purpose that all men should repent and become a part of God’s reign. “May your will be accomplished” is a strong affirmative appeal.

“Let It Be Done”

The key to understanding this petition in Matthew 6:10 is the Greek word γενηθήτω (genēthetō), translated “be done.” This word literally means “let it be” or “let it come about,” and can best be translated to Hebrew by יֵעָשֶׂה (yē·‘ā·SEH, “let it be done”). The most literal Hebrew translation of this entreaty would employ the verb הָיָה (·YĀH, “to be”) and be rendered “Let it be your will in heaven and on earth,” or “Let your will prevail in heaven and on earth.” However, the context of the prayer makes this translation somewhat awkward, and we must keep in mind that the most literal reconstruction is not always the most reliable.

Premium Members
If you are not a Premium Member, please consider becoming one starting at $10/month (paid monthly) or only $5/month (paid annually):

One Time Purchase Rather Than Membership
Rather than a membership, you may also purchase access to this entire page for $1.99 USD. (If you do not have an account select "Register & Purchase.")

Login & Purchase
To read the next article in this series, click here.

Search Engine Improvement Fund

RAISED: $5028 of $4500

More Info About our search engine improvement fund

We are excited that our search engine fund goal has been reached and exceeded. We are thankful to all who have chosen to join with us in this endeavor. Programming has begun and we hope to have the new search engine released in early 2019.

Online Hebrew Course

Do you want to learn Hebrew? Check out our online Hebrew course Aleph-Bet: Hebrew Reading and Writing for Christians in 17 Easy Lessons.

Most Recent LOY Articles