corner graphic   Hi,    
Finding the new version too difficult to understand? Go to

Bible Encyclopedias

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia


Resource Toolbox
Additional Links

rep - ḗ - tish´unz : In Matthew 6:7 only, "Use not vain repetitions," for βατταλογέω , battalogéō (so Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Vaticanus), a word found nowhere else and spelled variously in the manuscripts, battologeō in Codices K, L, M; etc., batologeō in Codices F G , blattologeō in Codex Bezae (probably influenced by the Latin blatero , "talk idly"); presumably connected with βατταρίζω , battarı́zō , "stammer," and perhaps formed under the influence of the Aramaic betā' , "speak carelessly," or bāṭēl , "useless." Whether, however battalogeō means the constant repetition of the same phrase or the mechanical recitation of a long series of obscure or meaningless formulas (if, indeed, a distinction between the acts was thought of) cannot be determined. Either practice is abundantly evidenced as a "heathen" custom of the day, and either can be classed as "much speaking." See PRAYER .

Copyright Statement
These files are public domain and were generously provided by the folks at WordSearch Software.

Bibliography Information
Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Repetitions'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915.

Lectionary Calendar
Thursday, April 9th, 2020
Maundy Thursday
There are 3 days til Easter!
Search for…
Enter query in the box:
Choose a letter to browse:
A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M 
N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  Y  Z 

Prev Entry
Next Entry
To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient contact form
Powered by Lightspeed Technology