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12     and forgive us our debts,[a]
        as we forgive our debtors;(A)
13     and do not subject us to the final test,[b]
        but deliver us from the evil one.(B)

14 [c]If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you.(C)

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  1. 6:12 Forgive us our debts: the word debts is used metaphorically of sins, “debts” owed to God (see Lk 11:4). The request is probably for forgiveness at the final judgment.
  2. 6:13 Jewish apocalyptic writings speak of a period of severe trial before the end of the age, sometimes called the “messianic woes.” This petition asks that the disciples be spared that final test.
  3. 6:14–15 These verses reflect a set pattern called “Principles of Holy Law.” Human action now will be met by a corresponding action of God at the final judgment.

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