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And when you are praying, do not keep repeating the same phrases, like the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Bible

“keep repeating the same phrases.” The Greek word is battologeō (#945 βατταλογέω), and it means, use the same words again and again (BDAG), “to babble” in the sense of trying to achieve success in prayer by heaping up repetitions (Kittel, Theological Dictionary). Williams translates it as “keep on repeating set phrases.” That is what many religions do, repeat set prayers because “they think that they will be heard for their many words.”


Commentary for: Matthew 6:7