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• International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
Ľ Repetitions
Greek - use vain repetitions

In prayers, which our Saviour censures, Matthew 6:7, were short forms or particular expressions in prayer, which the Jews were accustomed to repeat a certain number of times. So Roman-catholics still repeat the Lordís prayer, Ave Marias, etc., a great number of times; and think that the oftener a prayer is repeated, the more meritorious and efficacious it is. The repeated cry of a soul in earnest is indeed welcome to God, Genesis 18:1-33; Matthew 26:44; Luke 18:1; but he regards the heart and not the lips; and the greater the number of prayers one repeats as a task by which to acquire merit, the greater his sin.

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These dictionary topics are from American Tract Society Bible Dictionary published in 1859. Public Domain, copy freely.

Bibliography Information
Rand, W. W. "Entry for 'REPETITIONS'". "American Tract Society Bible Dictionary".
<>. 1859.


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