CHAT translating the Paternoster (was: Liturgical thou/thee etc.(was: Thorn vs Eth))
|From:||Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, July 14, 2002, 23:42|
Ray Brown wrote:
> Yes, but 'may' still seems to me to imply 'wish' which is rather more
> remote than the imperatives of the Greek.
"May" to me doesn't necessarily imply "wish", at least, not as I use the
Altho, "let" would be better, I think. For me, at least, "let" can
serve as a kind of optative/imperative. In prayer, I would say
something like "God, please let ..." followed by my request. So, I
Let your name be made holy,
Your kingdom come,
And your will be done, on Earth as it is in heaven.
> > (I find _lead us not_ a bit odd, at least if you're trying to modernize
> > it)
> Indeed so.
I don't find it too odd. Like I said earlier, postposed "not" can still
be used in Contemporary English in a contrasting situation, like "Ask
not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your
country." I know I've used that construction on a few cases, but I
can't think of any examples off-head. Also, "Do not lead us into
temptation" sounds to me overly abrupt, almost rude, like a demand
rather than a request.
> Where does "for ever and ever" come from? It ain't there in the Greek
> (nor the Latin).
Part of the doxology. Tho, why it would be used and not the rest of it,
I'm not sure.
> True - but outside of rhetorical and similar styles it is not normal. If
> we accept
> postponed "not" because it's still occasionally used in rhetoric, verse
> etc., then
> there is surely reason not to allow the simple:
> "Your name be hallowed;
> your kingdom come;
> you will be done....etc"
Maybe I have a weird idiolect, but postposed not is rare, but not
archaic for me (I've been known to use it on a few occasions), while the
third person imperatives are archaic, only used in fixed phrases like
"God bless" or "God forbid". Actually, except for the Lord's Prayer, I
can't really think of any uses of 3rd person imperatives that don't use
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