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Holman Bible Dictionary
self-conceit, usually a translation of a number of words that mean, “nothingness” or “unreliability.” In relation to God, trying to thwart His will is vain (Psalm 2:1
; see Acts 4:25
). Trying to do things without God's help is vain (Psalm 127:1
). We are warned not to take God's name in vain (as though it were nothing) in the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1
; Deuteronomy 5:11
). Mark warned that believers are not to give God vain lip service but obedience from the heart (Deuteronomy 7:6-7
; see Isaiah 1:13
; Isaiah 29:13
; James 1:26
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Vain'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/v/vain.html. 1991.