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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

Repetitions

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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 .

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Repetitions'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/r/repetitions.html. 1915.

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