Thy will, not mine be done

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Lovelyaltagracia, Sep 13, 2013.

  1. Lovelyaltagracia Senior Member

    Thy will, not mine be done

    Is there any other way to say this sentence? because if I said it to someone who isn't really that good in English, he wouldn't understand it, so, is there a modern way to say this?
  2. Kotuku33 Senior Member

    New Zealand
    French & English, Alberta, Canada
    Hello! I think with a bit of context we could help you out more easily.
  3. Lovelyaltagracia Senior Member

    Well, there's no context actually, it's just a phrase a woman said to her daughter the day she came out from rehab.
    This is from a Spanish TV Show.
  4. Kotuku33 Senior Member

    New Zealand
    French & English, Alberta, Canada
    OK, well, how about "We'll do things your way instead of mine." Or, "We'll do what you want instead of what I want." Or, "What you want is more important than what I want."
  5. Elwintee Senior Member

    London England
    England English
    I think the nearest I can get is "I will act as you wish me to act, not as I myself wish". Of course the original context is the Biblical injunction, in which Jesus Christ asks to be saved from a terrible fate, but says he will submit to God's will and, subsequently, goes to his crucifixion.
  6. Lovelyaltagracia Senior Member

    Thank you so much :D
  7. Lovelyaltagracia Senior Member

    Can I say "God's will be done, not mine" ????
  8. cyberpedant

    cyberpedant Senior Member

    North Adams, MA
    English USA, Northeast, NYC
    You can, but it's not the same as your original sentence, which doesn't necessarily involve a deity.
  9. Sparky Malarky

    Sparky Malarky Moderator

    English - US
    True, the original sentence does not refer to a deity, but in modern English we don't use thee, thy, and thou for anyone but God. If the woman was speaking English, I think she was either praying, advising her daughter to pray, or at least making a reference to prayer. But this is from a Spanish TV show? I'm confused.
  10. se16teddy

    se16teddy Senior Member

    London but from Yorkshire
    English - England

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