Forgive them for they know not what they do

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Forgive them for they know not what they do : Phrases


Jesus' words from the cross, asking forgiveness for those who put him to death. More widely, of course, the plea was for all humanity.



From the Bible, Luke 23 (King James Version):

23:33 And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.

23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

23:35 And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God.

This phrase, which is supposed to be the first of the sayings Jesus uttered on the cross, forms part of a meditation that is used by Christians during the major festivals of the Christian year:

Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. (Luke 23:34)

Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise. (Luke 23:43)

Woman, behold your son: behold your mother. (John 19:26.) My God, My God, why have you forsaken me? (Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34)

I thirst. (John 19:28)

It is finished. (John 19:30)

Father, into your hands I commit my spirit. (Luke 23:46)

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