During Jesus’ time, many Jews took such pride in their cultural and religious heritage that they considered Gentiles “unclean,” calling them “dogs” and “the UN-circumcision.”
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. So that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus alluded to the common association of Gentiles with paganism. “If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?” (Matthew 5:47, ESV).
In another place in the same sermon, Jesus noted. “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.(Matthew 6:7, ESV). In both cases, the NIV simply translates the word in question as “pagans.”
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My holy mountain in Jerusalem,
“I will set a sign among them, and I will send some of those who survive to the nations- to Tar shish, to the Libyans and Lydian’s (famous as archers). To Tubal and Greece, and to the distant islands that have not heard of my fame or seen my glory. They will proclaim my glory among the nations. And they will bring all your brothers, from all the nations, to my holy mountain in Jerusalem.
As an offering to the Lord- on horses, in chariots and wagons, and on mules and camels,” says the Lord. “They will bring them, as the Israelites bring their grain offerings, to the temple of the Lord in ceremonially clean vessels. And I will select some of them also to be priests and Levites,” says the Lord (Isaiah 66:19-22).