Parallel Verses

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.

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 heap up phrases (multiply words, repeating the same ones over and over) as the Gentiles do, for they think they will be heard for their much speaking.

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.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions as the worldly do, for they think that 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.

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 one of you prays, let him go into his own room, shut the door, and pray to his Father who dwells in secret; and his Father, who sees what is secret, will recompense him. 7  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. 8 Do not imitate them; for God, your Father, knows what you need before you ask him.


Cross References

Matthew 18:17

If he refuses to listen to them, speak to the Church; and, if he also refuses to listen to the Church, treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax-gatherer.

Matthew 18:17-19

If he refuses to listen to them, speak to the Church; and, if he also refuses to listen to the Church, treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax-gatherer.

Matthew 6:32

All these are the things for which the nations are seeking, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.

Matthew 26:39

Going on a little further, he threw himself on his face in prayer. "My Father," he said, "if it is possible, let me be spared this cup; only, not as I will, but as thou willest."

Matthew 26:42

Again, a second time, he went away, and prayed. "My Father," he said, "if I cannot be spared this cup, but must drink it, thy will be done!"

Matthew 26:44

So he left them, and went away again, and prayed a third time, again saying the same words.

Acts 19:34

However, when they recognized him as a Jew, one cry broke from them all, and they continued shouting for two hours--"Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!"

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