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BABBLER . Acts 17:18 ‘What will (RV [Note: Revised Version.] ‘would’) this babbler say?’ The Gr. word translated ‘babbler’ means one who picks up a precarious living, like a crow. ‘The language of such persons,’ says Bp. Chase, ‘was, and is, plentiful and (on occasion) low’; but it is possible that the Athenians applied the word to St. Paul not on account of his speech, but his looks. In that case the modern coinage ‘carpet-bagger’ would give the sense.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Babbler'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. 1909.

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