Evil

Aramaic

Abwûn d’bwaschmâja Oh You, from whom the breath of life comes, who fills all realms of sound, light and vibration.
Nethkâdasch schmach May Your light be experienced in my utmost holiest.
Têtê malkuthach. Your Heavenly Kingdom approaches.
Nehwê tzevjânach aikâna d’bwaschmâja af b’arha. Let Your will come true – in the universe (all that vibrates) just as on earth (that is material and dense).
Hawvlân lachma d’sûnkanân jaomâna. Give us wisdom (understanding, assistance) for our daily need,
Waschboklân chaubên wachtahên aikâna daf chnân schwoken l’chaijabên. detach the fetters of faults that bind us, as we let go the guilt of others.
Wela tachlân l’nesjuna ela patzân min bischa. Let us not be lost in superficial things (materialism, common temptations), but let us be freed from that which keeps us from our true purpose.
Metol dilachie malkutha wahaila wateschbuchta l’ahlâm almîn. From You comes the all-working will, the lively strength to act, the song that beautifies all and renews itself from age to age.
Amên. Sealed in trust, faith and truth. I confirm with my entire being

We turn finally to the words Jesus himself may have used. The above is a translation into Aramaic (still spoken by Syriac Christians) with its meaning. The words in parentheses are the more literal translations of particular words.

To me this form of the Lord’s Prayer to me expands its horizons cosmically, and you may want to keep this one near you as you pray. To hear the words as Jesus may have spoken them open this link:

https://abwoon.org/library/learn-aramaic-prayer/

Deliver us from evil. Let us be freed from that which keeps us from our true purpose. In both translations we are made aware that evil is something that surrounds and attacks us. We do not ask to be guided away from evil, but to be delivered out of it.

What is the evil in the world – is it the evil of mankind? There are some who it would be hard not to describe as evil – those who have committed genocide, those who have slaughtered mercilessly in battle, the child molester, the suicide bomber. We should also be aware that some terrible things have been perpetrated under the banner or the covering of the Church– persecution, torture, enslavement, murder. All in the past? How about the recent abuse scandals?

Anyone still alive may receive forgiveness upon repentance. For them the door to a clean slate in Jesus is still open. They are sinners, and though their sins may to us seem unforgiveable, they are not to God (but see Matthew 18:2-6 and Mark 3:28-30). Jesus died for the murderers, the rapists, the psychotics, the torturers and the criminally insane as well. If we consider that evil is of human origin we may be missing its true source.

Evil is active warfare against God’s kingdom. Evil is of the Prince of darkness. Evil affects both those who are taken up in it and those who are affected by it.

When we pray that we be delivered from evil we are praying for spiritual protection from its influences and its effects on us. We have already prayed for God’s Kingdom to come in this world, and it surely will.

God is working his purpose out as year succeeds to year.
God is working his purpose out, and the time is drawing near.
Nearer and nearer draws the time, the time that shall surely be
When the earth shall be filled with the glory of God
As the waters cover the sea.

Suffer the children: https://youtu.be/4947R7eS1Gs

For yours, Father,  is the kingdom, the power and the glory, to eternity. Amen.