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Mark 12:40

    Mark 12:40 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Which devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Which devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    they that devour widows houses, and for a pretence make long prayers; these shall receive greater condemnation.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Who take away the property of widows, and before the eyes of men make long prayers; these will be judged more hardly.

    Webster's Revision

    they that devour widows houses, and for a pretence make long prayers; these shall receive greater condemnation.

    World English Bible

    those who devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    they which devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayers; these shall receive greater condemnation.

    Definitions for Mark 12:40

    Damnation - Condemnation.

    Barnes' Notes on Mark 12:40

    Which devour widows' houses - Which devour the families of widows, or the means of supporting their families. This they did under pretence of counseling them in the knowledge of the law and in the management of their estates. They took advantage of their ignorance and their unprotected state, and either extorted large sums for their counsel, or perverted the property to their own use.

    No wonder that our Saviour denounced them! If there is any sin of special enormity, it is that of taking advantage of the circumstances of the poor, the needy, and the helpless, to wrong them out of the pittance on which they depend for the support of their families; and as God is the friend of the widow and the fatherless, it may be expected that such will be visited with heavy condemnation.

    For a pretence - For show, or "pretending" great devotion.