The Difference Between “Please” and “May”

bless-and-keepMay You hear in heaven, Your dwelling place, and may You forgive and repay the man according to all his ways, since You know his heart, for You alone know the human heart. (2 Chronicles 6:30)

We often use the word “please” instead of “may.” But “please” seems to indicate a request only. “May” seems to be entwined with “your will be done,” inviting God to respond in His own wisdom.

Perhaps I can overthink word usage sometimes, but word choice can also help, change, and clarify my perspective. And I think I will be using “may” more in the near future.

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