Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary1. (superl.) Having no real substance, value, or importance; empty; void; worthless; unsatisfying.
2. (superl.) Destitute of forge or efficacy; effecting no purpose; fruitless; ineffectual; as, vain toil; a vain attempt.
3. (superl.) Proud of petty things, or of trifling attainments; having a high opinion of one's own accomplishments with slight reason; conceited; puffed up; inflated.
4. (superl.) Showy; ostentatious.
International Standard Bible EncyclopediaVAIN
van: The adjective of "vanity," and representing the same Hebrew and Greek words as does the latter, with a few additions (chiefly kenos, "empty," and its compounds in the New Testament). And "vain" can always be replaced by its synonym "empty," often with advantage in modern English (Job 15:2 1 Corinthians 15:14, etc.). The exception is the phrase "in vain," and even there the interchange can be made if some (understood) noun such as "ways" be added. So "to take God's name in vain" (Exodus 20:7 Deuteronomy 5:11) means simply to take it for an "empty" ("not good") purpose.
Greek3152. mataios -- vain, useless
... vain, useless. Part of Speech: Adjective Transliteration: mataios Phonetic Spelling:
(mat'-ah-yos) Short Definition: vain, unproductive, godless Definition: vain ...
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3155. maten -- in vain, to no purpose
2761. kenos -- in vain
3154. mataioo -- to make vain, foolish
2756. kenos -- empty
1500. eike -- without cause or reason, vainly
3151. mataiologos -- talking idly
3150. mataiologia -- idle or foolish talk
1432. dorean -- as a gift, to no purpose
2758. kenoo -- to empty
Strong's Hebrew1891. habal -- to act emptily, become vain
... 1890, 1891. habal. 1892 . to act emptily, become vain. Transliteration: habal
Phonetic Spelling: (haw-bal') Short Definition: foolishly. ... be become, make vain ...
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7386. req -- empty, vain
7723. shav -- emptiness, vanity
2600. chinnam -- out of favor
1892. hebel -- vapor, breath
8267. sheqer -- deception, disappointment, falsehood
7385. riyq -- to make empty, empty out
7385b. riq -- emptiness, vanity
8414. tohu -- formlessness, confusion, unreality, emptiness
205. aven -- trouble, sorrow, wickedness
Smitten in Vain
Of the Vain Nemesiaci.
It is in Vain Therefore for the Modern Christian...
Of Philosophy, and How Vain was Its Occupation in Setting Forth ...
How Vain and Trifling are the Interpretations of the Stoics ...
Opposition to Messiah in Vain
He Thought it a Vain Thing to See Glorious Principles Lie Buried ...
ThesaurusVain (141 Occurrences)
... 2. (superl.) Destitute of forge or efficacy; effecting no purpose; fruitless;
ineffectual; as, vain toil; a vain attempt. ... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. VAIN. ...
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Vain-glory (3 Occurrences)
Vain-words (1 Occurrence)
Vain-talkers (1 Occurrence)
Vain-glorious (2 Occurrences)
Vainly (4 Occurrences)
Laboured (34 Occurrences)
Vainglory (2 Occurrences)
Jangling (1 Occurrence)
Futile (12 Occurrences)
Bible ConcordanceVain (141 Occurrences)
Matthew 6:7 In praying, don't use vain repetitions, as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their much speaking.
Matthew 15:9 And in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrine rules made by men.'"
Mark 7:7 But in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'
Luke 6:42 How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take that splinter out of your eye,' when all the while you yourself do not see the beam in your own eye? Vain pretender! take the beam out of your own eye first, and then you will see clearly to take the splinter out of your brother's eye.
Luke 12:56 Vain pretenders! You know how to read the aspect of earth and sky. How is it you cannot read this present time?
Acts 4:25 who by the mouth of your servant, David, said,'Why do the nations rage, and the peoples plot a vain thing?
Acts 14:15 "Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to the living God, who made the sky and the earth and the sea, and all that is in them;
Romans 1:21 Because, knowing God, they didn't glorify him as God, neither gave thanks, but became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless heart was darkened.
Romans 4:14 For if they which are of law be heirs, faith is made vain, and the promise made of no effect.
Romans 13:4 for he is a servant of God to you for good. But if you do that which is evil, be afraid, for he doesn't bear the sword in vain; for he is a servant of God, an avenger for wrath to him who does evil.
1 Corinthians 1:17 For Christ has not sent me to baptise, but to preach glad tidings; not in wisdom of word, that the cross of the Christ may not be made vain.
1 Corinthians 3:20 And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
1 Corinthians 9:15 But I have used none of these things. Now I have not written these things that it should be thus in my case; for it were good for me rather to die than that any one should make vain my boast.
1 Corinthians 15:2 by which also you are saved, if you hold firmly the word which I preached to you-unless you believed in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
1 Corinthians 15:14 If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain, and your faith also is in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:17 If Christ has not been raised, your faith is vain; you are still in your sins.
1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the Lord's work, because you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
2 Corinthians 6:1 Working together, we entreat also that you not receive the grace of God in vain,
2 Corinthians 9:3 But I have sent the brothers that our boasting on your behalf may not be in vain in this respect, that, just as I said, you may be prepared,
Galatians 2:2 I went up by revelation, and I laid before them the Good News which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately before those who were respected, for fear that I might be running, or had run, in vain.
Galatians 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
Galatians 3:4 Did you suffer so many things in vain, if it is indeed in vain?
Galatians 4:11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.
Galatians 5:26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
Ephesians 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
Philippians 2:16 holding up the word of life; that I may have something to boast in the day of Christ, that I didn't run in vain nor labor in vain.
1 Thessalonians 2:1 For you yourselves know, brothers, our visit to you wasn't in vain,
1 Thessalonians 3:5 For this cause I also, when I couldn't stand it any longer, sent that I might know your faith, for fear that by any means the tempter had tempted you, and our labor would have been in vain.
1 Timothy 1:6 from which things some, having missed the mark, have turned aside to vain talking;
1 Timothy 6:20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:
2 Timothy 2:16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
2 Timothy 3:4 traitors, headlong, of vain pretensions, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God;
Titus 1:10 For there are also many unruly men, vain talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision,
Titus 3:9 but shun foolish questionings, genealogies, strife, and disputes about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.
James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.
James 2:20 But do you want to know, vain man, that faith apart from works is dead?
James 4:5 Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, "The Spirit who lives in us yearns jealously"?
1 Peter 1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the vain glory of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
Exodus 5:9 Let there more work be laid upon the men, that they may labor therein; and let them not regard vain words.
Exodus 20:7 "You shall not take the name of Yahweh your God in vain, for Yahweh will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.
Exodus 23:1 Thou dost not lift up a vain report; thou dost not put thy hand with a wicked man to be a violent witness.
Leviticus 26:16 I also will do this to you: I will appoint terror over you, even consumption and fever, that shall consume the eyes, and make the soul to pine away; and you will sow your seed in vain, for your enemies will eat it.
Leviticus 26:20 and your strength will be spent in vain; for your land won't yield its increase, neither will the trees of the land yield their fruit.
Deuteronomy 5:11 "You shall not take the name of Yahweh your God in vain: for Yahweh will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.
Deuteronomy 32:47 For it is no vain thing for you; because it is your life, and through this thing you shall prolong your days in the land, where you go over the Jordan to possess it."
Judges 9:4 They gave him seventy pieces of silver out of the house of Baal Berith, with which Abimelech hired vain and light fellows, who followed him.
Judges 11:3 Then Jephthah fled from his brothers, and lived in the land of Tob: and there were gathered vain fellows to Jephthah, and they went out with him.
1 Samuel 12:21 Don't turn aside; for then you would go after vain things which can't profit nor deliver, for they are vain.
1 Samuel 17:39 David strapped his sword on his clothing, and he tried to move; for he had not tested it. David said to Saul, "I can't go with these; for I have not tested them." David took them off.
1 Samuel 25:21 Now David had said, "Surely in vain have I kept all that this fellow has in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that pertained to him. He has returned me evil for good.
2 Samuel 6:20 Then David returned to bless his household. Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, "How glorious the king of Israel was today, who uncovered himself today in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!"
2 Samuel 18:13 or I had done against my soul a vain thing, and no matter is hid from the king, and thou -- thou dost station thyself over-against.'
2 Kings 17:15 They rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified to them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the nations that were around them, concerning whom Yahweh had commanded them that they should not do like them.
2 Kings 18:20 You say (but they are but vain words),'There is counsel and strength for war.' Now on whom do you trust, that you have rebelled against me?
2 Chronicles 13:7 And there are gathered unto him vain men, the children of Belial, and have strengthened themselves against Rehoboam the son of Solomon, when Rehoboam was young and tenderhearted, and could not withstand them.
Job 3:9 Let the stars of its twilight be dark. Let it look for light, but have none, neither let it see the eyelids of the morning,
Job 9:29 I shall be condemned. Why then do I labor in vain?
Job 11:11 For he knoweth vain men: he seeth wickedness also; will he not then consider it?
Job 11:12 For vain men would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass's colt.
Job 15:2 "Should a wise man answer with vain knowledge, and fill himself with the east wind?
Job 16:3 Shall vain words have an end? Or what provokes you that you answer?
Job 21:34 How then comfort ye me in vain, seeing in your answers there remaineth falsehood?
Job 24:1 "Why aren't times laid up by the Almighty? Why don't those who know him see his days?
Job 27:12 Behold, all of you have seen it yourselves; why then have you become altogether vain?
Job 35:16 Therefore doth Job open his mouth in vain; he multiplieth words without knowledge.
Job 39:16 She deals harshly with her young ones, as if they were not hers. Though her labor is in vain, she is without fear,
Job 41:9 Behold, the hope of him is in vain. Won't one be cast down even at the sight of him?
Psalms 2:1 Why do the nations rage, and the peoples plot a vain thing?
Psalms 4:2 Sons of men! till when 'is' my glory for shame? Ye love a vain thing, ye seek a lie. Selah.
Psalms 24:4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; Who hath not lifted up his soul unto falsehood, And hath not sworn deceitfully.
Psalms 26:4 I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers.
Psalms 31:6 I hate those who regard lying vanities, but I trust in Yahweh.
Psalms 33:17 A horse is a vain thing for safety, neither does he deliver any by his great power.
Psalms 39:6 "Surely every man walks like a shadow. Surely they busy themselves in vain. He heaps up, and doesn't know who shall gather.
Psalms 60:11 Give us help against the adversary, for the help of man is vain.
Psalms 62:10 Don't trust in oppression. Don't become vain in robbery. If riches increase, don't set your heart on them.
Psalms 73:13 Surely in vain I have cleansed my heart, and washed my hands in innocence,
Psalms 89:47 Remember how short my time is: wherefore hast thou made all men in vain?
Psalms 108:12 Give us help against the enemy, for the help of man is vain.
Psalms 116:11 I said in my haste, "All men are liars."
Psalms 119:113 I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love.
Psalms 119:118 You reject all those who stray from your statutes, for their deceit is in vain.
Psalms 127:1 A Song of Ascents. By Solomon. Unless Yahweh builds the house, they labor in vain who build it. Unless Yahweh watches over the city, the watchman guards it in vain.
Psalms 127:2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to stay up late, eating the bread of toil; for he gives sleep to his loved ones.
Psalms 139:20 For they speak against you wickedly. Your enemies take your name in vain.
Proverbs 1:17 For in vain is the net spread in the sight of any bird:
Proverbs 12:11 He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.
Proverbs 13:10 A vain man through pride causeth debate, And with the counselled 'is' wisdom.
Proverbs 14:6 The hater of authority, searching for wisdom, does not get it; but knowledge comes readily to the open-minded man.
Proverbs 28:19 He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.
Proverbs 30:9 Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.
Proverbs 31:30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain; but a woman who fears Yahweh, she shall be praised.
Ecclesiastes 4:7 And I have turned, and I see a vain thing under the sun:
Ecclesiastes 6:12 For who knows what is good for man in life, all the days of his vain life which he spends like a shadow? For who can tell a man what will be after him under the sun?
Ecclesiastes 7:15 These two have I seen in my life which is to no purpose: a good man coming to his end in his righteousness, and an evil man whose days are long in his evil-doing.
Ecclesiastes 9:9 Have joy with the woman of your love all the days of your foolish life which he gives you under the sun. Because that is your part in life and in your work which you do under the sun.
Isaiah 1:13 Bring no more vain offerings. Incense is an abomination to me; new moons, Sabbaths, and convocations: I can't bear with evil assemblies.
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