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Matthew 6:10 of the Bible is translated as the following in the Delegates Version:

爾國臨格、爾旨得成、在地若天、

The context was Jesus was teaching how to pray and gave an example of a prayer.

I fail to understand the meaning of 格 here. It seems to me "爾國臨" is a complete sentence. Why "爾國臨" and what does "格" mean here?

Edit: The expected English translation is “thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”.

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    You should provide the expected translation: “thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” – dROOOze Feb 18 at 0:05
  • it's probably shortened for 格外 = especially – Lenny Feb 18 at 4:19
  • The Delegate version is out of print. I got mine from Taiwan over 30 years ago and it was one of the last few copies available in Taiwan. Where did you got your copy? – Daniel Lai May 9 at 4:58
  • @DanielLai I am unable to get a printed copy; there is a pdf version at scribd.com/document/31894180/…. – Zuriel May 9 at 5:12
  • @DanielLai To me the language is much more beautiful than all modern translations. – Zuriel May 9 at 5:14
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the verse is chopped wrongly lah, i would read it as "爾" + "國" + "臨格".

"臨格" ought to be read together as a verb, with the meaning of "come / arrive".

the entry of "格" in 國語辭典 explained (the sixth, as verb):

至、來。《書經.堯典》:「光被四表,格於上下。」宋.蘇軾〈賀時宰啟〉:「歡聲格於九天,乖氣消於萬彙。」

http://dict.revised.moe.edu.tw/cgi-bin/cbdic/gsweb.cgi?o=dcbdic&searchid=W00000003946

for comparison, consider the word "蒞臨", which means ~ "come / arrive / be present"; while the character "蒞" means "to reach / arrive", and "臨" means "come to / arrive / be present".

the main prayer text is translated by mr 王韜, imo, excellent one.

http://www.rhenish.org/Common/Reader/News/ShowNews.jsp?Nid=3782&Pid=5&Version=80&Cid=151&Charset=big5_hkscs

usages of "臨格" in literatures of yore:

in 文忠集 卷八十六

皇帝親詣啓聖禪院告遷明徳元徳章穆皇后赴普安院奉安祝文

嚮者因霖災之為沴・飭殿構以増新・㳙榖旦之惟良・奉神遊而還止・載深感慕・躬薦芬馨・式慰孝思・冀茲臨格

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in 廬山太平興動宮採訪真君事實, the 滿散詞:

惟廬嶽之名峰,實天仙之奧宅。夢符晝現,雖自開元之傳;邇遠名彰,邈想真王之始。應世則帝王之佐,在天惟耳目之司。千齡昔紀於元豐,四字首加於徽號。備玆褥禮,屬在休期。鏤玉填金,煥成章於雲漢;臨軒發冊,增偉觀於江山。顧熙事之嘉成,涓良辰而祝告。伏願威神臨格,昭鑒居飲。薰燎揭虔,共仰九霄之邃;厲鴻嘖祉,永言萬壽之期。併敷錫於庶民,俾交欣於百樂。

http://www.ctcwri.idv.tw/CTCW-CMTS/CMT07正乙部/CMT07ALL/CH07094盧山太平興國宮採訪真君事實/CH07094-2卷二宋朝崇奉類.htm

have fun :)

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  • This is a great answer and I love it! It explains the meaning clearly with references. Thank you for your effort! – Zuriel Feb 18 at 15:40
  • @zuriel, you're welcome. indeed, the whole 主禱文 is extreme well translated, i like it very much, though i'm a atheist. – 水巷孑蠻 Feb 18 at 15:50
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Baidu has that in a more modern form:

愿你的国降临,愿你的旨意行在地上,如同行在天上。

They put 降临 where you have 臨格

降临: 来到, 光临

Adveniat regnum tuum (adveniat: 3rd person singular conjunctive of advenī́re)

Go with Drooze: 臨格 = come (subjunctive)

I like the Chinese version that you have!!

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  • Thanks for your answer! The Delegate's Version is elegant but unfortunately out of print. Since the old English KJV is still popular, I am hoping that the old Chinese Delegate's Version can regain its popularity. – Zuriel Feb 18 at 21:39

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