a son who will know thee--and that


Build me a son whose wishbone will not be where his backbone should be; a son who will know Thee--and that to know himself is the foundation stone of knowledge.

The above is anexcerpt from General MacArthur's prayer for his son.
I find the structure of the underlined part hard to understand. Could you analyze it? Thanks.
  • Trisia

    Senior Member
    Analyse it? I've no idea what that means (it's been a while since I've studied English :D)

    I'll just rephrase it a little...
    A son who will know You, [God] and also that to know oneself is the basis of knowledge (in this case, more or less meaning wisdom)


    Senior Member
    polszczyzna warszawska
    This is how I understand it:

    The person who says that is asking God to give him a son who will know the Lord and live his life by his teachings. Since God (in Christianity) is in every man, then knowing God is also knowing yourslef, which is, according to the speaker, the basis for the state of knowing (everything?).