you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the Lord your God (A)is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

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16 Thus says the Lord of hosts:

“Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you.
They make you worthless;
(A)They speak a vision of their own heart,
Not from the mouth of the Lord.

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28 (A)Her prophets plastered them with untempered mortar, (B)seeing false visions, and divining (C)lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord God,’ when the Lord had not spoken.

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22 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show signs and (A)wonders to deceive, if possible, even the [a]elect.

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  1. Mark 13:22 chosen ones

26 (A)Woe [a]to you when [b]all men speak well of you,
For so did their fathers to the false prophets.

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Footnotes

  1. Luke 6:26 NU, M omit to you
  2. Luke 6:26 M omits all

Avoid Divisive Persons

17 Now I urge you, brethren, note those (A)who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and (B)avoid them.

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Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

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Beware lest anyone [a]cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to (A)the tradition of men, according to the (B)basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.

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Footnotes

  1. Colossians 2:8 Lit. plunder you or take you captive

Destructive Doctrines

But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be (A)false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.

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Love for God and One Another

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but (A)test the spirits, whether they are of God; because (B)many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: (C)Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess [a]that Jesus [b]Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 John 4:3 NU omits that
  2. 1 John 4:3 NU omits Christ has come in the flesh