Parallel Verses

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 when thou prayest, enter into thy chamber, and shut thy door to thee, and pray to thy father which is in secret; and thy father which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly. 7 "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. 8 Be ye not like them therefore: for your father knoweth whereof ye have need, before ye ask of him.


Cross References

1 Kings 8:26-54

Now then, O Lord God of Israel, let thy word be stable which thou spakest unto thy servant David my father.

1 Kings 18:26-29

And they took the ox that was given them and dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning to noon saying, "O Baal, hear us!" But there was no voice nor answer. And they leapt about the altar that they had made.

Ecclesiastes 5:2-3

and let not thine heart speak anything rashly before God. For God is in heaven, and thou upon earth, therefore let thy words be few.

Ecclesiastes 5:7

And why? Whereas are many dreams and many words, there are also divers vanities: but look that thou fear God.

Matthew 18:17

If he hear not them, tell it unto the congregation: if he hear not the congregation, take him as a heathen man, and as a publican.

Daniel 9:18-19

O my God, incline thine ear, and hearken; at the least for thine own sake, open thine eyes. Behold how we be desolated: yea, and the city also, which is called after thy name. For we do not cast our prayers before thee in our own righteousnesses, no, but only in thy great mercies.

Matthew 6:32

After all these things seek the gentiles: For your heavenly father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

Matthew 26:39

And he went away a little apart, and fell flat on his face, and prayed, saying, "O my father, if it possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt."

Matthew 26:42

He went away once more, and prayed, saying, "O my father, if this cup cannot pass away from me, but that I drink of it, thy will be fulfilled."

Matthew 26:44

And he left and went again, and prayed the third time saying the same words.

Acts 19:34

When they knew that he was a Jew, there arose a shout almost for the space of two hours of all men crying, "Great is Diana of the Ephesians."

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