Grace be with you (Phil. 4:23)

“The grace

Of the Lord

Jesus Christ

Be with your spirit.”

Ἡ χάρις τοῦ Κυρίου Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ μετὰ τοῦ πνεύματος ὑμῶν.

Paul said, “The grace (Ἡ χάρις) of the Lord (τοῦ Κυρίου) Jesus Christ (Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ) be with your spirit (μετὰ τοῦ πνεύματος ὑμῶν).”  Paul ended this letter the same way that he ended the letter to the Galatians, chapter 6:18, Paul said, “Brothers (ἀδελφοί)!  May the grace (Ἡ χάρις) of our Lord (τοῦ Κυρίου ἡμῶν) Jesus Christ (Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ) be with your spirit (μετὰ τοῦ πνεύματος ὑμῶν).  Amen (ἀμήν).”  However, here there was no “Amen” since it came in verse 20.  This is a typical ending blessing of Paul.  He wanted the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ to be with their spirit.  In the Roman Catholic Mass or Eucharistic worship service, the presider, the priest often says “the Lord be with you” with the response being “and with your spirit”.  How do you end your prayers?

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