Jesus spoke to his disciples:
«And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
Pray then like this: Our Father in heaven,…»
The verses follow the straightforward, down-to-earth diction of the Luther Bible 1984, Chinese Union Version (CUVS), English Standard Version 2001, Louis Segond, Hindi Bible (Easy-to-Read Version), Japanese Bible (Kougo-yaku) 1954, Korean Bible, Biblia Sagrada (Nova Versão InternacionaI), Russian Synodal Version, and Reina-Valera 1995.
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