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Heathen: 1. (Heb. plural goyum). At first the word goyim denoted generally all
the nations of the world
( Genesis 18:18) comp.
( Galatians 3:8) The Jews
afterwards became a people distinguished in a marked manner from the
other goyim. They were a separate people
( Leviticus 20:23; 26:14-45)
Deuteronomy 28:1)ff and the other nations, the Amorites, Hittites, etc.,
were the goyim, the heathen, with whom the Jews were forbidden to
be associated in any way
( Joshua 23:7; 1 Kings 11:2) The practice of idolatry
was the characteristic of these nations, and hence the word came to
( Psalms 106:47; Jeremiah 46:28; Lamentations 1:3; Isaiah 36:18) the
( Psalms 9:5,15,17)
2. The corresponding Greek word in the New Testament, ethne, has
similar shades of meaning. In
( Acts 22:21)
( Galatians 3:14) it denotes the
people of the earth generally; and in
( Matthew 6:7) an idolater. In modern
usage the word denotes all nations that are strangers to revealed
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