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Dictionaries :: Vain

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Below are articles from the following 2 dictionaries:
International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia

Vain:

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; 1Co 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" (Ex 20:7; De 5:11) means simply to take it for an "empty" ("not good") purpose.

King James Dictionary

Vain: Empty; Foolish; Useless.

But when ye pray, use not VAIN repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. (Matthew 6:7)

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