but while the people slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
the enemy that sowed them is the devil: the harvest is the conclusion of the age: and the reapers are the angels.
nay, among your own body some will start up to vent their intricate conceits, and draw a number of followers.
for these are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguised so as to pass for true apostles.
and as to the false brethren, who insidiously crept in to spy out our liberty which we have by Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into servitude;
for the time will come, when they will not endure sound doctrine, but get teachers of their own corrupt taste, to sooth their ears that itch for flattery:
take care not to deprive yourselves of the divine favour: and that no poisonous root spring up, and spread a general infection among you.
Be temperate, be vigilant: for your adversary the Devil goes about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
As there were false prophets among the people of Israel, there will likewise be false doctors among you, who by introducing pernicious sects, and by renouncing the Lord, who bought them, will bring upon themselves swift destruction.
notwithstanding, I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezabel, who stiles herself a prophetess, and teaches and seduces my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed to idols.
the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, call'd the devil or satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast down to the earth, and his angels were precipitated with him.
and he deceived the inhabitants of the earth, by the prodigys which he had power to effect by the influence of the beast, by telling the inhabitants of the earth, that he had made an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, but yet did revive.