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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 : 7 ; 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 ).

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Vain'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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