Matthew 6, Ver. 7. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions.
Babble not, bubble not, saith the Syriac, as water out of a narrow mouthed vessel.
Do not iterate or inculcate the same things odiously et ad nauseam, as Solomon’s fool, who is full af words (saith he); and this custom of his expressed μιμητικως, in his vain tautologies. “A man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell?” #Ec 10:14.
Such a one also was that Battus (to whom the Evangelist here hath relation), an egregious babbler.
In common discourse it is a sign of weakness to lay on more words upon a matter than needs must: how much more in prayer!
Take we heed we offer not the sacrifice of fools; God hath no need of such, #1Sa 21:15 cf. Ps 5:5. Continue reading “Babble not, bubble not”