kingdom come

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From the phrase “Thy kingdom come” from the Lord’s Prayer which is recorded in Matthew 6:9–13 and Luke 11:2–4 in the Bible:[1] see, for example, Matthew 6:10 in the King James Version (spelling modernized): “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, in earth, as it is in heaven.”[2] By these sentences, Jesus seeks the establishment of the rule of God the Father over the Earth in the future.



kingdom come (countable and uncountable, plural kingdoms come or kingdom comes)

  1. (uncountable, colloquial) The place that one will go to after one's death; the afterlife.
    1. (figuratively) Death; also, a state of complete annihilation.
    2. (Christianity, specifically) Heaven or paradise.
  2. (uncountable, Christianity) The rule of God over the world in the future; especially, according to those believing in millenarianism, during a period of peace beginning with the second coming of Jesus Christ and lasting a millennium.
  3. (countable, by extension) A future period of happiness, peace, prosperity, and/or great progress; a golden age that is approaching.

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  1. ^ kingdom come, n.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, March 2017; “kingdom come, n.”, in Lexico,; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.
  2. ^ The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), London: [] Robert Barker, [], 1611, OCLC 964384981, Matthew 6:10, column 2: “Thy kingdome come. Thy will be done, in earth, as it is in heauen.”

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