Give us day by day our daily bread.
We see in the common practice that till the custom be paid the trade is not free or open; so whilst the firstfruits, which are God's custom, rest unpaid, we cannot expect a profitable traffic with Him, or success in our own affairs. The story tells us that when Jacob, pressed by the famine which reigned in the land, sent to Egypt for victuals, he considered the dignity of the governor before his own necessity, and honoured him with a present, the best he could provide, before he asked for corn. We were not true Israelities if we more regarded meats and drinks than to do the will of God, or preferred panem quotidianum, "our daily bread," before the hallowing of His Name. Certainly to begin with God is a fair introduction to all other blessings.
Parallel VersesKJV: Give us day by day our daily bread.