Should we pray, “Lead us not into temptation?”

Feb 18, 2020

Jonathan raised a matter that also worried others. “Hey, doesn’t this passage in James letter, “He himself tempts no one” conflict with what we say in the Our Father, ”’Lead us not into temptation.’ I must say that has been bothering me.” James replied, “I know, even Pope Francis found that confusing and said that in fact that sentence is a mistranslation. The Pope himself  said he thought the English translation of the OUR FATHER prayer was not correct. God does not tempt us.  There has been debate in the different languages’ liturgical commissions and the Pope has approved a new Italian translation but there is no approval for an English language change at present.

Blessed is the man who endures trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I was tempted by God, for God cannot be tempted with evil and he himself tempts no one, but each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. James 1:12-18.

Pope Francis in an interview : “It is not a good translation because it speaks of a God who induces temptation. A father doesn’t do that; a father helps you to get up immediately. It’s Satan who leads us into temptation, that’s his department.”  He would prefer instead of “Lead us not into temptation,” “Do not let us fall into temptation,”


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