What Does the Bible Say About False Prophets? 11 Powerful Verses


Matthew 7:15

ESVBeware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
KJVBeware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
NASBBeware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
NIVWatch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.
NLTBeware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves.

1 John 4:1

ESVBeloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
KJVBeloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
NASBBeloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
NIVDear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
NLTDear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world.

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Matthew 24:24

ESVFor false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.
KJVFor there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
NASBFor false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.
NIVFor false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
NLTFor false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones.

2 Peter 2:1

ESVBut false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.
KJVBut there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
NASBBut false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.
NIVBut there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves.
NLTBut there were also false prophets in Israel, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will cleverly teach destructive heresies and even deny the Master who bought them. In this way, they will bring sudden destruction on themselves.

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Matthew 24:11

ESVAnd many false prophets will arise and lead many astray.
KJVAnd many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
NASBMany false prophets will arise and will mislead many.
NIVand many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.
NLTAnd many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people.

2 Timothy 4:3

ESVFor the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,
KJVFor the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
NASBFor the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,
NIVFor the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
NLTFor a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.

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Jeremiah 23:16

ESVThus says the Lord of hosts: “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you, filling you with vain hopes. They speak visions of their own minds, not from the mouth of the Lord.”
KJVThus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD.
NASBThus says the LORD of hosts, “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who are prophesying to you. They are leading you into futility; They speak a vision of their own imagination, Not from the mouth of the LORD.
NIVThis is what the LORD Almighty says: “Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD.
NLTThis is what the LORD of Heaven’s Armies says to his people: “Do not listen to these prophets when they prophesy to you, filling you with futile hopes. They are making up everything they say. They do not speak for the LORD!

Deuteronomy 18:20

ESVBut the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’
KJVBut the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.
NASB‘But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.’
NIVBut a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, is to be put to death.
NLTBut any prophet who falsely claims to speak in my name or who speaks in the name of another god must die.

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Revelation 19:20

ESVAnd the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had done the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur.
KJVAnd the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
NASBAnd the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone.
NIVBut the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who had performed the signs on its behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped its image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.
NLTAnd the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who did mighty miracles on behalf of the beast—miracles that deceived all who had accepted the mark of the beast and who worshiped his statue. Both the beast and his false prophet were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.

Romans 16:18

ESVFor such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.
KJVFor they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
NASBFor such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.
NIVFor such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.
NLTSuch people are not serving Christ our Lord; they are serving their own personal interests. By smooth talk and glowing words they deceive innocent people.

Jeremiah 14:14

ESVAnd the LORD said to me: “The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I did not send them, nor did I command them or speak to them. They are prophesying to you a lying vision, worthless divination, and the deceit of their own minds.
KJVThen the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.
NASBThen the LORD said to me, “The prophets are prophesying falsehood in My name. I have neither sent them nor commanded them nor spoken to them; they are prophesying to you a false vision, divination, futility and the deception of their own minds.
NIVThen the LORD said to me, “The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I have not sent them or appointed them or spoken to them. They are prophesying to you false visions, divinations, idolatries and the delusions of their own minds.
NLTThen the LORD said, “These prophets are telling lies in my name. I did not send them or tell them to speak. I did not give them any messages. They prophesy of visions and revelations they have never seen or heard. They speak foolishness made up in their own lying hearts.

Luke 6:26

ESVWoe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets.
KJVWoe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.
NASBWoe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers used to treat the false prophets in the same way.
NIVWoe to you when everyone speaks well of you, for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.
NLTWhat sorrow awaits you who are praised by the crowds, for their ancestors also praised false prophets.

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