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
11But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.
18Go now, and work; for no straw shall be given you, but you shall still deliver the same number of bricks.”
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
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.