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The meaning of Heathen in the Bible
(From Easton's Bible Dictionary)

(Heb. plural goyum). At first the word goyim denoted generally all the nations of the world (Genesis 18:18; Compare 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), 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; I Kings 11:2). The practice of idolatry was the characteristic of these nations, and hence the word came to designate idolaters (Psalms 106:47; Jeremiah 46:28; Lamentations 1:3; Isaiah 36:18), the wicked (Psalms 9:5,15,17).


See more on the meaning of Heathen in the Bible:
Heathen {International Standard Bible Encyclopedia}

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