Quite confused about how to say this correctly, 'God help us and bless us'.

Looked into using helpas or helpi but not sure. I guess the general idea I need to understand is how one correctly gives a direct instruction in Esperanto like e.g. 'feed the baby', 'please walk the dog'.

  • Imperatives end in "-u." Commented Oct 31, 2016 at 19:13

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The translation is Dio helpu nin kaj benu nin.

"God bless you" is Dio benu vin.

Have a look also at the Lord's Prayer in Esperanto.

More generally, both instructions and wishes can be formed with the verb ending -u.

"Feed the baby" is Nutru la bebon and "Walk the dog" is Promenigu la hundon.

To say "please", use bonvolu + [verb ending with -i]. "Please walk the dog" is Bonvolu promenigi la hundon.

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    Would one say bonvolu when speaking directly to God though? I have no idea. Is bonvolu used with begging over all? Commented Nov 1, 2016 at 14:50
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    Bonvoli means something like "to be favourably disposed, to deign." Whether it's appropriate in prayers is more of a theological question, I think! An alternative translation of "please" is the tag ...mi petas. Commented Nov 2, 2016 at 16:02

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