Matthew 6:9-15 NIV
9 “This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,[a]
but deliver us from the evil one.[b]’
- “Hallowed be your name” (NIV/NASB/ESV/KJV)
- “may your name be kept holy” (NLT)
- “uphold the holiness of your name” (CEB)
- “we pray that your name will always be kept holy” (ICB-International Children’s Bible)
- “ let Your name remain holy” (The Voice)
The footnote in the Amplified Bible expands “Hallowed” with set apart, keep and treat as holy, revere.
In the Old Testament, people considered God’s name to be too holy to speak out loud, Even when they wrote it they didn’t use all the letters, thus the reason we only have YWHW.
Today, His name is tossed around casually to profanity. Reading this phrase in the different translations reminds me that God is holy and we are to uphold the holiness of His name. That doesn’t mean we don’t speak it, but it does me we speak it in reverence, for He is my Father and the creator of the Universe. Worthy.