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

  • Wayne
    V. 6. If, when giving tithes and offerings, you desire to increase giving, cheerfully and lovingly, to the Lord, talk to Jesus. He will make the way for the increase, even if in small increments. Giving your income and finances to Him will allow Him to work with them. AND YOU WILL BE AMAZED at His working with your finances. He will do as He says. He will make sure you never lacking. TRUST HIM
  • Nathan DePung
    To let God straighten you out..instead of lieing and telling people that you already have.follow his commandments, and to read the word..amen..
  • Joshua
    Seek His Kingdom first - in your heart what is laid out before you? Are you giving your all to the Lord by giving your all to Him and or people? Because the second commandment it like the first. We must do both. The second is conditional considering you love yourself first. Otherwise it impedes the commandment itself. But to go after His Kingdom - first requires a lot of not going after His Kingdom and knowing the difference. His Righteousness - Breakthroughs in personal bondage to sin and lust and pride and greed and anger and hate all have to begin with the error in doing them. After a season of recognizing personal failure can the knowledge of His Righteousness be attainable. Righteousness is given by Him. But you have to seek Him and fail to know the difference. Only by personal experience can someone actually achieve this verse over their lifetime. That is why this verse is pact with so many hints that it is a work of sanctification and not of good works but of grace because so much of it depends of Him,,..... His,.... in order for it to be realized. There is only subtle things we can do other than sit back and enjoy the process. Like kids you can imagine the weary question,..."are we there yet?,..." and the loving Father responds "No, I'll let you know when we get there."
  • Rick
    What does it mean to seek the Kingdom of God! That is to seek out your own salvation with fear and trembling! To seek after forgiveness and repent of all your sins, then you shall become righteous in Gods eyes! Then the blessings of God will be added to you like, peace that passeth all understanding, being fullfiled with life, being content with what you have, habe love and compassion for others etc...! That is the beauty of it all, that you become like Christ in all your ways! That is the thing we should desire and strive for, not the pleasures of our flesh!
  • Robert Johnson
    JUST GO FEED THE CHILDREN OF GOD!! Winning souls for Jesus Christ?? Why don't you go save a child, so there is soul left to save?? Mark 9:37 Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me. MARK MY WORDS"!! Now get unfold yer hands, get up off your knees and WALK, straight out that door!!For you are wasting time... As it is written... Acts 17:24 "God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands 25 Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things " What are you waiting for?? AN EN'GRAVED' INVITATION!!
  • God's Girl
    I love this scripture, because it is also a song. My mom loves when I sing it. Also we sang it in church not to long ago.

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