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Pope Francis has proposed that the Catholic Church should adopt a better translation of the Lord’s Prayer, the most ubiquitous prayer in all of Christendom.

“And he said to them: When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.” Luke 11:2-4 (Douay-Rheims)

In an interview for the Italian television show, “Our Father,” which airs on TV2000 in Italy, Pope Francis said: “that is not a good translation,” referring to the phrase “lead us not into temptation.” He proposed a different translation should be adopted “because it speaks of a God who induces temptation.”

Explaining his reasoning, he added further that,

“I am the one who falls. It’s not him pushing me into temptation to then see how I have fallen. A father doesn’t do that, a father helps you to get up immediately. It’s Satan who leads us into temptation, that’s his department.”

Pope Francis mentioned that the Church in France has changed their translation to “do not let us fall into temptation,” and that the alternative should be adopted worldwide.

For those fluent in Italian, the pope’s comments can be watched here:

An approximately translated transcript of the description is below:

“Do not let me fall into temptation because it is I who fall, it is not God who throws me into temptation and then see how I fell, a father does not do this, a father helps to get up immediately”. Pope Francis explains that verb “lead”, confuses us a little in the sixth petition of the prayer of the Our Father. “not a good translation” according to the Pope, which reminds us that God is a good father.”

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  1. Mathew 4:1 – Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted[a] by the devil.

    I am not an expert in theology but this confused me a bit.

    • “Being tempted” is not the same thing as “experiencing the desire to sin”. Strictly speaking, temptation is more like having it pointed out that an opportunity for sin exists; concupiscence is the desire.

      • Well said Howard

        Its like having your favorite food set in front of you when you are on a diet. That’s temptation in the modern view.

      • I suspect James Philip was confused as to how Jesus could have BEEN tempted, because most of us experience temptation not just as an opportunity, but as a destructive desire. At least that is our perception when we are aware of temptation. Of course, we may be driving a car and know that we COULD commit suicide by deliberately crashing, or murder a pedestrian at a crosswalk, etc., but unless there is something wrong with us, we brush off such ideas as mere crazy thoughts that are the opposite of what we intend. There was nothing wrong with Jesus when he met the devil in the wilderness, so He had even less desire to sin than we do to cause an “accident”.

    • Nothing is allowed to occur unless God allows it. The adversary is allowed and we are tempted. This is life as a true believer. So “lead us not into temptation” but “deliver us from evil” is just as it states and should be fully understood and not changed.

    • You are serious? He seems to be the only one sensible enough to see the world as it is and helps us believe in a truly loving and forgiving God

      • Dr, you may have been mislead by the spirit leading the Pope.
        Discern the spirit! ( 1 Corinthians 12:10 )
        It’s the spirit that gives life. What is in his heart he speaks and acts. He is against the Kingdom of God. Be keen in observing.
        Have you heard his earlier comments regarding ‘Genesis’ Ch.1. He said that what has mentioned there as everything was created by God is not true and what Darwin has narrated regarding the creation is the fact.
        And much more. Kindly go through his words.
        In ‘Romans’ it has emphasised that whoever justifies the wrong is also on the wrong path.
        He says and acts according to the World’s inspiration. All these acts are also done by the people who is against HolySpirit.
        He is only supposed to do what the Helper, the Holy Spirit, says and what the Holy Bible says.
        Holy Spirit is not his slave who is supposed to serve him whenever and wherever he calls.
        If a person says publicly that what the Holy Spirit has proclaimed in the ‘Genesis’ is not true and thereafter if he calls upon the Holy Ghost, defenitly there will be no answer.
        If you want to know the truth seek the help of the Helper. Don’t accept anyone’s word without clarification.
        The great and blessed John Paul II was absolutely guided by the Holy Spirit. This person in not.
        Pray rosary regularly!
        May God bless you.

        • While I agree with you to a very great degree, I would just wish to bring one thing to your attention.
          The Vatican contains a huge library of documents and icons from the past which none outside of the Roman Catholic hierarchy are allowed access.
          What if…what if the library contradicts two centuries plus, of blind faith, by Christians worldwide. For instance why did the Knights Templar seemingly stray from Christianity…?
          This wouldn’t change my belief in an Almighty, Omnipotent God but it might change a lot of people in their faith.
          There has been evil within the papacy centuries past (the effect of which is not clear) and it likely has returned with this pope, a Jesuit.

          • Anyone who thinks this pope is evil should be exiled. Pope Francis preaches love and peace, just as Christ does. He doesn’t focus on one sin constantly and he preaches true Christianity. Not that southern country fried political nonsense that America tries to masquerade off as Christianity

        • I have been hearing exactly what you have explained. It is scary that if he believes in the Darwin theory, then why is he our Pope?

          • Matthew 24:24
            For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.

      • You really believe we’ve had to wait 20 centuries for a pope wise enough to see we need to “improve” the translation?

        So, you’re suggesting the “confusion” cited by Pope Francis is commonplace throughout the Church and the rest of Christianity so that an overhaul in wording is now required to solve this problem?

        The problem described by the pope is non-existent, although you appear to suffer from it.

        • Pope Francis is a “rebel” like Jesus was – so was Francis of Assisi! The world needs many more “Francises” to make today’s “blind” see and “mute” talk. This is the first I hear about Catholicism becoming the enemy of the world. Remember, Jesus was deemed an insurgent and his followers were considered enemies by those in power. What I see and hear about is the growing number of youth being drawn to Christ, thanks to Pope Francis.

  2. I don’t believe anyone can change the Our Father It is Jesus himself who taught the Our Father to His Apostles
    There are certain teachings that not even theSupreme Pontiff should touch ?Amen

    • Ya’Shua did not Speak English. While He was with us no one even called Him Jesus. It’s the poor translation The Pope is referring to.

    • Jesus didn’t speak in English. And the original books of the Bible weren’t in English. All have been translated. Centuries ago. Languages are fluid and change. Interpreting with a clearer meaning isn’t ‘changing’ Jesus’ words.

      • That’s not the point Jen I. The pope speaks very little English I’m sure the interview was in his preference language. There is ZERO need for his proposed change c except to make sinners feel better about their sin filled life

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  4. Jesus didn’t speak English – the translation to English is after Aramaic, Greek and Latin. He’s not changing Jesus’ words only clarifying.

  5. Violet Hoffnan says that Jesus gave us the prayer and indeed he did, although he was speaking in either Hebrew or Aramaic probably.
    So perhaps the translations from the original language to Greek or Latin and then into English or other languages have been muddled.
    It is not changing a teaching of Jesus to ask for a clearer more concise translation of his original words.

    • Somehow, I’ll take 1500 years of consistent use at the heart of the Church as having more weight than a brief, informal statement by one mediocre pope.

      • He’s loved by more than the last 4 popes ever were. Is that what passes for mediocrity? He’s not changing the word, just updating it. You know, the same thing they did when they came up with the NIV bible vs the KJV bible. I bet you didn’t raise a stink about that did you?

        • Yes, that is EXACTLY what passes for mediocrity! What do you think he is, a candidate for Argentina’s Got Talent?

          As for the people who love him so much “more than the last 4 popes”, what does this love inspire them to do? Explore a vocation to the priesthood or to a religious order? Don’t be absurd. Attend Mass? The numbers don’t back it up? Live according to the teachings of the Catholic Church? Not even that.

          No, his popularity is the popularity of a substitute teacher who lets the students sit and chat rather than listen to a lecture or do work. OF COURSE kids like, at some level, the indulgent teacher, but they do not respect him and they do not really learn anything. The measure of a teacher is not how popular he is, but whether or not those he teaches actually learn and internalize the material. And make no mistake about it, the bulk of what Pope Francis is teaching is exactly the same as what “the last 4 popes” taught, only you would hardly know it, because he makes too many careless decisions and is too proud to fix his mistakes. (Yes, proud. Having an aversion to things that are ornate or elaborate is a personal taste, but it is not humility. A humble man does not make his personal tastes — even for simplicity — a priority. More importantly, a humble man would not reign as a “Dictator Pope”.)

        • That’s incorrect. He’s loved more then Benedict but NOT more then JPII. How popular he is is beside the point. His job is to not make sinners feel better apartheid sin filled lives but to draw them in and lead the church as Christ intended it to be lead.

          There is ZERO need for his proposed change except to make sinners feel better about their sin filled life

    • Douay-Rheims Version is the literal translation from Greek for non-Greek speaking readers. Some bible translations are contemporary while the rest of the bibles today are having missing deuterocanonicals and/or truly misleading just like what JW’s use eg. changing “God” into “a [g]od” or “YWH” (Yahweh) into “Jehova”. To fit their belief (tritheism) on Jesus as co-god instead of trinitarianism that is 3 Persons in 1 God and imposing a wrong ‘adonai’ for the Heavenly Father whic was “YWH” – a tetragamaton that is not even supposed to spoken of. “Yahweh”, on the other hand, is supposed to be a way for pointing out the tetragamaton of God, that is in the Person of the Father.

      • Just a notation, your version of the TETRAgrammaton has only three letters. Tetra refers to “four”!
        In fact it is YHWH in Latin, יהוה in Hebrew.

        • It is LORD in English — still 4 letters. When using English, I see no good reason to depart from that tradition.

          In Greek, it really is 3 letters: Ὁ ὬΝ, as seen in the halo of Christ in icons.

  6. In the epistle of Saint James (1: 13-14) we read: Let no one say when he is tempted. “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted with evil and he himself tempts no one; but eache person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Revised Standard Version.

    • Here’s the thing: we are in a war — a spiritual war. In a war, the commanding officer may lead his men into places where people are thing to kill his men. As a matter of fact, that’s pretty much unavoidable overall, but a good CO will try to limit the risks to his men. There is no contradiction between his men asking him, “Lead us not into a place where people are trying to kill us,” and the CO saying, “Let none of my men say that I am trying to kill them.”

      Now you might say that God, as the perfect Supreme Commander, does not need to be asked to keep His troops from unnecessary risk; He knows that already. This is true, but it is true about ALL of our prayers — we never tell God something He did not already know, and He always does the best thing. The point of prayer is not to change God, but to change *us*, so that we are more receptive to the good things (not necessarily easy or painless things) that God wishes to give us.

  7. While I’m not necessarily a fan, I would like to point out the obvious. First, no one believes that Christ had a scribe following him around to record every word He spoke. The only thing, and I mean the only thing, recorded as being written down in the NT is the sign Pilate had written above the cross. The one thing and none of the gospels can agree on exactly what it said. There are also two versions of the “Our Father” in the gospels and they are really different. The ministry of Christ was an oral tradition and depending who you ask really didn’t begin to be recorded until 20-30 years after His death. Then, as others have started, went from Aramaic to Greek, to Latin. To think we have His exact words down is a little naive.

    • Where does Francis say anything about “English”? Go read this in a Spanish-language article, and you may find that there it sounds like he wants to change the Spanish version. His whole discussion seems to have been in Italian.

  8. What Christ said should stand. When Jesus told His disciples how to pray did you hear any of his disciples say to Christ, please explain this to me?. Jesus being God, do you think He was smart enough to know what and how he gave that prayer? There is only one leader of the Church and that Leader is Jesus Christ. The Pope is not Christ and has no right to lead people down the wrong path unless he is working for forces that oppose Christ. Remember Satan in the garden? Would he told Adam and Eve sounded good but Satan twisted what God had said and look where that misleading has gotten us! Leave the word alone!

  9. It is good that the pope has pointed out something that we thought was correct to the point word for word. But ib actual fact its only closed to the true meaning .
    Let pray and ask the Holy Spirit for true understanding so that when we pray it is word ford word and not a meditation.
    One the other hand praying is not meditating, as meditating is kind of repeating the same wording repeatedly and not all the time our mind is concious of every word we say, but rather we are spending time without focusing on words.
    It is true to our undestanding that God will not tempt us to sin, rather its human weakness tempted by either ourr own selfishness or tge influence of the evil one n his lot.
    We pray for wisdom in the Name of Jesus.
    Btw this is not the first time some wording has been changed in the Lord’s prayer.
    GB. Peter the peble.

  10. Current translation is perfect. It attests to our meanness and utter dependence on God, Our Father. Christ was ‘led into temptation’ by the Spirit. however, Christ was (and remains) the perfect man, fully capable of resisting ALL temptation. We, by contrast, are not. We, regardless of our age, experience, learning etc., Are fully dependable, as children, on our Father to ‘deliver us from evil’. It’s like a child saying ‘Daddy, please don’t allow me to suffer, just save me.
    Granted, as a true father, God does allow us to suffer evil, that we may grow. But the prayer reminds us of our ultimate frailty, our fallen nature, and to not be so foolish as to think we can depend on ourselves.

  11. All i can say is he better be careful adding and taking away from the word of God just because he doesnt like what it says. The devil did the same thing in the Garden of Eden. And the bible is very specific to what happens to people who do. Guess he should know it better and read more.

  12. It is this type of thing that frustrates me about pope Francis. Why would he be focused on changing the wording of a prayer that has worked for generations and is worded straight from scripture? That alone makes me suspect of him. My goal is to give this to God and ask Him to lead His people by speaking to our hearts and helping us discern right from wrong regarding such important spiritual matters as to how to say the “Our Father.” Heaven help us!!! This I pray in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy. Spirit. Amen

  13. You cannot change not one word! you cannot take away or add to this or you will jeopardize the translation for all cultures. The true Pope knows this..

  14. You are all being deceived. Read this: Isaiah 45:7 in the King James Version reads, “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.”

    It is God who created evil and did lead people into evil and temptation throughout the Old Testament. Don’t be deceived by this Pope. He is lying and anyone who thinks Lucifer is the only one who temps into evil is deceived.

  15. Sorry sir that’s a no go. Keep it honest. Its better to be accurate the comfry. Even as a child I never once thought that it was saying GOD leads us into temptation.

  16. Recognizing the power of an all loving merciful God and His audacity to honor our freedom in that He allows us this personal expression of living freely His will as if it is our own. “And do not let us fall into Temptation” .

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