Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Summary

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

Bible References

Believe not

Matthew 7:15
"Beware of the false prophets, who come to you disguised as sheep but are ravenous wolves underneath.
Matthew 24:4
Jesus answered, "Take care that no one misleads you about this.
Romans 16:18
Such men are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own base passions, and with their plausible and flattering talk they deceive simple-minded people.
2 Peter 2:1
There were false prophets too among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will introduce destructive sects and deny the Master who has bought them, thus bringing on themselves swift destruction.

Try

Luke 12:57
Why do you not decide what is right yourselves?
Acts 17:11
The Jews there were more high-minded than those at Thessalonica, and received the message with great eagerness and studied the Scriptures every day, to find out whether it was true.
Romans 16:19
Everyone has heard of your obedience, and I am very happy about you, but I want you to be wise about what is good and guileless about what is bad.
1 Corinthians 14:29
And let two or three who are inspired to preach speak, while the rest weigh what is said;
1 Thessalonians 5:21
but test them all, retaining what is good
Revelation 2:2
I know what you have done; your hard work and your endurance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, and that you have tested those who claimed to be apostles when they were not, and have found them to be impostors.

General references

Matthew 24:11
Many false prophets will appear, and many will be misled by them,
John 8:47
Whoever is sprung from God listens to God's words. The reason you refuse to listen is that you are not sprung from God."
1 Corinthians 14:32
for the spirits of prophets will give way to prophets,