Intentional Variants

Harmonistic Alterations


Since many scribes knew much of their Scriptures by heart, they recognized the places in which there are parallels or quotations which do not completely follow their antecedents. In order to harmonize these passages, they would sometimes alter the text to make it agree with the antecedent parallel or quotation.


Luke 11:2-4

The shorter form of the Lord's Prayer in Luke was assimilated in many copies of Luke to agree with the longer form in Matt. 6:9-13. Note that the passage from Matthew given here does not contain the well-known final verse which has a weak manuscript authority ("For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen").

Pray then like this: Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our debts, As we also have forgiven our debtors; And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. (Matt. 6:9-13)

And he said to them, "When you pray, say: "Father, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread; and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive every one who is indebted to us; and lead us not into temptation." (Luke 11:2-4)

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