A story that often contains imagined or exaggerated elements. To call something a tale implies it is an account unworthy of belief (Luke 24:11). In some older translations the word meant “tally,” “total,” or “number.” More modern translations use other words in those instances: “number” (Exod 5:18), “full number” (1Sam 18:27), or “count” (1Chr 9:28).

Luke 24:11

11But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.

Exod 5:18

18Go now, and work; for no straw shall be given you, but you shall still deliver the same number of bricks.”

1Sam 18:27

27David rose and went, along with his men, and killed one hundred of the Philistines; and David brought their foreskins, which were given in full number to the ... View more

1Chr 9:28

28Some of them had charge of the utensils of service, for they were required to count them when they were brought in and taken out.

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