Parallel Verses

A Conservative Version

And while praying do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do, for they think that they will be heard by their much speaking.

New American Standard Bible

“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.

King James Version

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

Holman Bible

When you pray, don’t babble like the idolaters, since they imagine they’ll be heard for their many words.

International Standard Version

"When you are praying, don't say meaningless things like the unbelievers do, because they think they will be heard by being so wordy.

American Standard Version

And in praying use not vain repetitions, as the Gentiles do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

Amplified

“And when you pray, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.

An Understandable Version

And when you pray, do not use worthless repetitions like the [unconverted] Gentiles, for they think their lengthy, repetitious wording [in prayer] is more likely to be heard [by God].

Anderson New Testament

But when you pray, do not use vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they will be heard for their many words.

Bible in Basic English

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.

Common New Testament

And when you pray, do not use empty repetitions as the Gentiles do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.

Daniel Mace New Testament

When you pray, be not verbose, as the heathen are: for they think they shall be heard for their loquaciousness.

Darby Translation

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.

Godbey New Testament

And praying do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do: for they think they shall be heard in their much speaking.

Goodspeed New Testament

And when you pray, do not repeat empty phrases as the heathen do, for they imagine that their prayers will be heard if they use words enough.

John Wesley New Testament

But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathens; for they think they shall be heard for their much speaking.

Julia Smith Translation

And praying, talk ye not vainly as the nations; for they think that by their profaneness of speech they shall be listened to.

King James 2000

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

Lexham Expanded Bible

"But [when you] pray, do not babble repetitiously like the pagans, for they think that because of their many words they will be heard.

Modern King James verseion

But when you pray, do not babble vain words, as the nations. For they think that in their much speaking they shall be heard.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

"And when ye pray, babble not much, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard, for their much babbling's sake.

Moffatt New Testament

Do not pray by idle rote like pagans, for they suppose they will be heard the more they say;

Montgomery New Testament

"While praying do not say the same words over and over again, as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that by their much speaking they will gain attention.

NET Bible

When you pray, do not babble repetitiously like the Gentiles, because they think that by their many words they will be heard.

New Heart English Bible

And in praying, do not use vain repetitions, as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their much speaking.

Noyes New Testament

But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do; for they think that they shall be heard for the multitude of their words.

Sawyer New Testament

And when you pray use not vain repetitions, as the gentiles do; for they think they shall be heard for their much speaking.

The Emphasized Bible

And, being at prayer, use not vain repetitions, just like the nations, - for they think, that, in their much speaking, they shall be hoard;

Thomas Haweis New Testament

And when thou art at prayer, use not vain repetitions, like the heathen: for they imagine that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

Twentieth Century New Testament

When praying, do not repeat the same words over and over again, as is done by the Gentiles, who think that by using many words they will obtain a hearing.

Webster

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

Weymouth New Testament

"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.

Williams New Testament

And whenever you pray, you must not keep on repeating set phrases, as the heathen do, for they suppose that they will be heard in accordance with the length of their prayers,

World English Bible

In praying, don't use vain repetitions, as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their much speaking.

Worrell New Testament

"And, when praying, use not vain repetitions, as the gentiles do; for they think that for their much speaking they shall be heard.

Worsley New Testament

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

Youngs Literal Translation

And -- praying -- ye may not use vain repetitions like the nations, for they think that in their much speaking they shall be heard,

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
But
δέ 
De 
but, and, now, then, also, yet, yea, so, moreover, nevertheless, for, even, , not tr
Usage: 2184

when ye pray
προσεύχομαι 
Proseuchomai 
Usage: 61

use
βαττολογέω 
Battologeo 
Usage: 0

not
μή 
me 
not, no, that not, God forbid 9, lest, neither, no man , but, none, not translated,
Usage: 493

βαττολογέω 
Battologeo 
Usage: 0

as
ὥσπερ 
Hosper 
as, even as, like as
Usage: 24

the heathen
ἐθνικός 
Ethnikos 
Usage: 0

do for
γάρ 
Gar 
for, , not tr
Usage: 825

δοκέω 
Dokeo 
Usage: 45

ὅτι 
Hoti 
Usage: 764

εἰσακούω 
Eisakouo 
Usage: 4

for
ἐν 
En 
in, by, with, among, at, on, through,
Usage: 2128


Usage: 0

Context Readings

The Sermon On The Mount: How To Pray

6 But thou, when thou pray, enter into thy private room, and having shut thy door, pray to thy Father in secret, and thy Father who sees in secret will reward thee in the open. 7 And while praying do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do, for they think that they will be heard by their much speaking. 8 Be not therefore like them, for your Father knows what things ye have need of before ye ask him.


Cross References

1 Kings 8:26-54

Now therefore, O God of Israel, let thy word, I pray thee, be verified, which thou spoke to thy servant David my father.

1 Kings 18:26-29

And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped about the alt

Ecclesiastes 5:2-3

Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thy heart be hasty to utter anything before God. For God is in heaven, and thou upon earth. Therefore let thy words be few.

Ecclesiastes 5:7

For in the multitude of dreams there are vanities, and in many words. But fear thou God.

Matthew 18:17

And if he is heedless of them, speak to the church. But if he is also heedless of the church, let him be to thee as the heathen and the tax collector.

Daniel 9:18-19

O my God, incline thine ear, and hear. Open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name. For we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousness, but for thy great mercies' sak

Matthew 6:32

For the Gentiles seek after all these things, for your heavenly Father knows that ye need all these things.

Matthew 26:39

And having gone forward a little, he fell on his face praying, and saying, My Father, if it be possible, may this cup pass from me. Nevertheless, not as I want, but as thou.

Matthew 26:42

Having gone again a second time, he prayed, saying, My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to pass from me, except I drink it, may thy will happen.

Matthew 26:44

And when he left them, having gone away again, he prayed a third time, saying again the same statement.

Acts 19:34

But after recognizing that he was a Jew, one voice developed from them all, crying out for about two hours, The great Artemis of Ephesians.

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