Thursday, 26 February 2009

The Lord's Prayer: King James Version

9 . . . Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

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.

Matthew 6: 9-13

Thought I'd start this series off with the original Lord's Prayer (well, sort of, but not really . . . oh, you know what I mean). I'm very fond of the King James Version of the Bible. Despite its mistranslations and blinkered interpretations, it rolls off the tongue with the magnificence of Shakespearean English. Plus there's the secret delight of knowing that King James (who ordered and paid for the translation) was as fruity as they come. Oh wait, that's not a secret anymore. A few years ago the Bible thumpers in the States figured that out too and were quite perturbed at having his dirty homosexual fingerprints all over their most sacred book. Hee hee! How sweet it is.

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