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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
But when yee pray, vse not vaine repetitions, as the heathen doe. For they thinke that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan
"And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words.
- New American Standard Version (1995)
And in praying use not vain repetitions, as the Gentiles do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
- American Standard Version (1901)
And in your prayer do not make use of the same words again and again, as the Gentiles do: for they have the idea that God will give attention to them because of the number of their words.
- Basic English Bible
But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as those who are of the nations: for they think they shall be heard through their much speaking.
- Darby Bible
But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
- Webster's Bible
And when praying, do not use needless repetitions as the Gentiles do, for they expect to be listened to because of their multitude of words.
- Weymouth Bible
In praying, don't use vain repetitions, as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their much speaking.
- World English Bible
But in preiyng nyle yee speke myche, as hethene men doon, for thei gessen that thei ben herd in her myche speche.
- Wycliffe Bible
`And -- praying -- ye may not use vain repetitions like the nations, for they think that in their much speaking they shall be heard,
- Youngs Literal Bible
6:7 Use not vain repetitions - To repeat any words without meaning them, is certainly a vain repetition. Therefore we should be extremely careful in all our prayers to mean what we say; and to say only what we mean from the bottom of our hearts. The vain and heathenish repetitions which we are here warned against, are most dangerous, and yet very common; which is a principal cause why so many, who still profess religion, are a disgrace to it. Indeed all the words in the world are not equivalent to one holy desire. And the very best prayers are but vain repetitions, if they are not the language of the heart.
Mt 6:7 Use not vain repetitions, as the heathen [do]. What is forbidden is not "much" praying, nor praying "in the same words" (the Lord did both), but making the number of prayers, length of prayers, or time spent in praying, a point of observance and of merit. 1Ki 18:26 gives an example of the repetitions of the heathen. Mohammedans and Catholics still hold that there is merit in repeating certain prayers a set number of times.
Rudolph Albert's comment on 2014-03-17 20:45:48:
praying is talking to god my heavenly father so its better to open your heart and talk to him cause he is a good silent listener and he shall bless us accordingly in time to come
ANNETTELINDSAY's comment on 2014-03-03 15:30:02:
When we pray He already knows what we have need of before we ask So if its comming from our hearts it doesn t take a lot of words to express our hearts and what we need long words will not make the outcome better its whatever isin His will will be done
Shanna's comment on 2014-01-21 06:17:51:
The repetition of memorized prayers does not please God. Rather, our we must speak with our heavenly Father from the heart.
Baiyekusi Joshua O's comment on 2013-12-26 05:09:25:
Your personal relationship with God will guide you on what to say & how long to say such words. In sort, we need to be guidede in the spirit. Its my prayer that we may know Him & the power of His ressurection.
GRAHAM's comment on 2012-10-05 12:43:59:
I love, you can really bring conviction to a Catholic, Pentecostal or Muslim and show them that God is not impressed by repetition of words, mantras, and even gibbets, and even with this wonderful verse so many are confused on the issue, may Jesus work in your life John 3:30 - HE must Increase, And I Must Decrease , .......THE ELVENTH HOUR IS AT HAND
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