Matthew 6:7

But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

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

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 6:7


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.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 6:7


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.

Discussion for Matthew 6

  • Shawnita
    6:5-6 Do not draw attention to yourself, praying out loud and repetitive. Pray with humility and reverence, and God will draw nearer to you, hear you and bless you.
  • Taiwo Favor Ajani
    We should reject pride, forgive those who offended us ,win souls for Jesus always in all possible ways and consciously praise and worship God daily ... and He will surely surprise us with blessings beyond our imaginations.
  • Linda
    The secret is verse 33... Seek ye first his kingdom and all these things will be added to you....this is a promise that the Lord will care for us if only we seek him. In your thoughts and quiet times look for the Lord's hand in everthing.
  • Elisabethdamgaard
    34, Take therefore no thought for the morrow, For God know what we need every day.
    Go to God in faith and give Him thanksgivng every day. Amen!!!
  • Joyce Ballentine
    Mathew 6:14 "For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you." SIMPLE SCRIPTURE TO UNDERSTAND BUT SOMETIMES IS HARD TO DO! THINK ABOUT IT LIKE THIS: WHO ARE WE TO NOT FORGIVE THE HURT SOMEBODY CAUSED US, WHEN WE CAUSED HURT TO GOD BY NOT ONLY SINNING, BUT HAVING TO SEE HIS ONLY SON TREATED LIKE AN ANIMAL JUST TO SAVE OUR SOULS FROM A BURNING HE
  • Angie
    It makes me surrender more to god, seek the kingdom of heaven in all his righteous and these things will be added unto you, takes away my worry and anxiety!

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