Matthew 6:7
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New International Version
And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.

New Living Translation
"When you pray, don't babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again.

English Standard Version
“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.

Berean Study Bible
And when you pray, do not babble on like pagans, for they think that by their many words they will be heard.

Berean Literal Bible
And praying, do not use vain repetitions like the pagans, for they think that in their many words they will be heard.

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 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.

Holman Christian Standard 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.

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.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And whenever you are praying, you shall not be verbose like the heathen, for they think that they are heard by speaking much

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"When you pray, don't ramble like heathens who think they'll be heard if they talk a lot.

New American Standard 1977
“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.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions as the worldly do, for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

King James 2000 Bible
But when you pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

American King James Version
But when you pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for 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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when you are praying, speak not much, as the heathens. For they think that in their much speaking they may be heard.

Darby Bible 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.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
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.

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.

Young's 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,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
6:5-8 It is taken for granted that all who are disciples of Christ pray. You may as soon find a living man that does not breathe, as a living Christian that does not pray. If prayerless, then graceless. The Scribes and Pharisees were guilty of two great faults in prayer, vain-glory and vain repetitions. Verily they have their reward; if in so great a matter as is between us and God, when we are at prayer, we can look to so poor a thing as the praise of men, it is just that it should be all our reward. Yet there is not a secret, sudden breathing after God, but he observes it. It is called a reward, but it is of grace, not of debt; what merit can there be in begging? If he does not give his people what they ask, it is because he knows they do not need it, and that it is not for their good. So far is God from being wrought upon by the length or words of our prayers, that the most powerful intercessions are those which are made with groanings that cannot be uttered. Let us well study what is shown of the frame of mind in which our prayers should be offered, and learn daily from Christ how to pray.
Study Bible
The Lord's Prayer
6But when you pray, go into your inner room, shut your door, and pray to your Father, who is unseen. And your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7And when you pray, do not babble on like pagans, for they think that by their many words they will be heard. 8Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.…
Cross References
1 Kings 18:26
Then they took the ox which was given them and they prepared it and called on the name of Baal from morning until noon saying, "O Baal, answer us." But there was no voice and no one answered. And they leaped about the altar which they made.

Ecclesiastes 5:2
Do not be hasty in word or impulsive in thought to bring up a matter in the presence of God. For God is in heaven and you are on the earth; therefore let your words be few.
Treasury of Scripture

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

use.

1 Kings 18:26-29 And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed …

Ecclesiastes 5:2,3,7 Be not rash with your mouth, and let not your heart be hasty to utter …

Acts 19:34 But when they knew that he was a Jew, all with one voice about the …

repetitions.

Matthew 26:39,42,44 And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, …

1 Kings 8:26-54 And now, O God of Israel, let your word, I pray you, be verified, …

Daniel 9:18,19 O my God, incline your ear, and hear; open your eyes, and behold …

the heathen.

Matthew 6:32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly …

Matthew 18:17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it to the church: but …

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