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Matthew 24:4

And Jesus having answered, said to them, See lest any lead you astray.

Jeremiah 9:6

Thy dwelling is in the midst of deceit; by deceit they refused to know me, says Jehovah.

2 Thessalonians 2:11

And for this, God shall send them the energy of error, for them to believe in falsehood:

Revelation 20:8

And he shall go forth to deceive the nations that in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together for war: whose number as the sand of the sea.

Jeremiah 3:23

Truly in vain from the hills; the multitude of mountains; truly in Jehovah our God the salvation of Israel.

1 Timothy 2:14

And Adam was not deceived, but the woman, having been deceived, was in the transgression.

Proverbs 26:26

Hatred will be covered by deceit, his evil will be revealed in the convocation.

2 Corinthians 12:16

And "let it be, I overloaded you not: but being dexterous, I took you by contrivance.

Jeremiah 9:5

And they will mock, a man upon his neighbor, and they will not speak the truth: they taught their tongue to speak falsehood, they wearied themselves to sin.

Psalm 12:2

They will speak vanity each with his neighbor: smooth lips, with a heart and a heart will they speak

1 Corinthians 3:18

Let none completely deceive himself. If any think to be wise in this life, let him be foolish, that he may he wise.

Jeremiah 29:8

For thus said Jehovah of armies, God of Israel, Your prophets in the midst of you shall not deceive to you, and your diviners and you shall not hear to your dreams which ye dream.

2 Chronicles 18:21

And he will say, I will go forth and be for a spirit of falsehood in the mouth of all his prophets. And he will say, Thou shalt persuade, and also thou shalt prevail: go and do thus.

Psalm 120:2

O Jehovah, deliver my soul from lips of falsehood, from a tongue of deceit.

Jeremiah 9:8

Their tongue a deadly arrow, speaking deceit; in his mouth he will speak peace to his neighbor, and be will lay his wait in his midst

1 John 4:6

We are of God: he knowing God hears us; he is not of God who hears us not. By this we know the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

Job 12:16

With him strength and purpose:to him the one led astray and him leading astray.

2 Thessalonians 2:10

And in all deceit of iniquity in the lost; because they received not the love of the truth, for them to be saved.

Jeremiah 20:7

Thou didst persuade me, O Jehovah, and I shall be persuaded: thou didst hold me fast, and thou wilt prevail: I was for a derision all the day, all mocking to me.

Romans 7:11

For sin having taken occasion by the command, deceived me completely, and by it killed me.

Proverbs 30:8

Vanity and the word of falsehood remove far from me; thou wilt not give to me poverty and riches; feed me with bread of my allowance:

Proverbs 23:3

Thou shalt not long for his dainties: and it is the bread of lies.

John 7:47

Then the Pharisees answered them, Have ye not also been deceived

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Deception » Religious persons guilty of

Genesis 27:19

And Jacob will say to his father, I am Esau thy first-born; I did according to that thou spakest to me: arise, now, sit and eat from my hunting, so that thy soul shall praise me.

Genesis 12:13

Say, now, thou my sister, that it shall be well to me because of thee, and my soul shall live by means of thee.

Genesis 20:2

And Abraham will say as to Sarah his wife, This my sister: and Abimelech, king of Gerar, will send and take Sarah.

Genesis 26:7

And the men of the place will ask concerning his wife; and he will say, She is my sister: for he will be afraid to say, My wife, lest the men of the place will kill me for Rebekah, because she is good in appearance.

Deception » Deceivers

2 John 1:7

For many cheats come into the world, they not acknowledging Jesus Christ coming in the flesh. This is the cheat and antichrist.

Psalm 55:23

And thou, O God, wilt bring them down to the well of destruction: men of bloods and deceit shall not halve their days; and I will trust in thee.

Proverbs 14:25

A witness of truth delivers souls: and deceit will breathe out lies.

Proverbs 26:18-19

As a madman casting fiery darts, arrows and death, So the man deceiving his neighbor and saying, Am I not sporting?

Deception » General examples of

Joshua 9:4

And they will do in guile, and will go and will lay snares, and will take sacking worn out, for their asses, and leather sacks of wine worn out, and being rent and bound up;

Matthew 2:8

And having sent them to Bethlehem, he said, Having gone, examine thoroughly concerning the child; and when ye should find, announce ye to me, so that I also, having gone, will worship him.

Judges 3:20

And Ehud came to him; and he sat in an upper chamber of cooling, which was to him alone: and Ehud will say, A word of God to me for thee. And he will rise from off the throne.

2 Samuel 13:6

And Amnon will lie down and be sick: and the king will come to see him, and Amnon will say to the king, Will Tamar my sister come now, and she shall make before mine eyes two cakes, and I will eat from her hand.

More verses: 2 Kings 5:22

Deception » Not letting anyone deceive you

2 Thessalonians 2:1-3

And we ask you, brethren, concerning the arrival of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our assembling together to him, For you not to be quickly shaken in mind, neither be disturbed, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by epistle as by us, as that the day of Christ has drawn near. Let none deceive you in any manner: for, except an apostasy come first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

Deception » What is deceit/deceitful

Jeremiah 17:9-10

The heart is deceitful above all, and man himself, who shall know him? I Jehovah searching the heart, trying the reins, to give to each according to his way, according to the fruit of his doings.

Deception » Who deceives themselves

Galatians 6:3-4

For if any think to be something, being nothing, he deceives himself. And let each try his own work, and then in himself alone will he have boasting, and not in another.

James 1:22-26

And be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if any is a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like a man observing the face of his creation in a mirror: For he observed himself, and went away, and straightway forgot of what kind he was. read more.
And he having stooped into the perfect law of liberty, and remained, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of work, he shall be happy in his doing. If any among you seem to be religious, bridling not his tongue, but deceiving his heart, the religion of this one vain.

Deception » Of self » Spiritual poverty

Deception » Instances of » Abraham, in stating that sarah was his sister

Genesis 12:13

Say, now, thou my sister, that it shall be well to me because of thee, and my soul shall live by means of thee.

Genesis 20:2

And Abraham will say as to Sarah his wife, This my sister: and Abimelech, king of Gerar, will send and take Sarah.

Deception » Who shall not be deceitful

Zephaniah 3:13

The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, and they shall not speak falsehood: and in their mouth shall not be found a tongue of deceit: for they shall feed and lie down, and none terrifying.

Deception » Not being deceitful

Proverbs 24:28

Thou shalt not be a witness gratuitously against thy neighbor, and deceive not with thy lips.

Deception » Bread of deceit

Deception » Instances of » Joseph, in his ruse with his brothers

Deception » Of self » Conceit

Deception » Instances of » Hushai deceives absalom

2 Samuel 16:15-19

And Absalom and all the people, the man Israel, came to Jerusalem, and Ahithophel with him. And it will be, as Hushai the Archite, David's friend, came to Absalom, and Hushai will say to Absalom, The king shall live, the king shall live. And Absalom will say to Hushai, This thy mercy with thy friend? wherefore wentest thou not with thy friend? read more.
And Hushai will say to Absalom, Nay; for whom Jehovah chose and this people, and every man of Israel, shall I not be and dwell with him? And the second time, to whom shall I serve if not before the son? as I served before thy father so will I be before thee.

Deception » Instances of » David feigns madness

1 Samuel 21:10-15

And David will rise and flee in that day from the face of Saul, and he will come to Achish, king of Gath. And the servants of Achish will say to him, Is not this David king of the land? will they not answer to this in dances, saying, Saul struck against his thousands and David against his ten thousands? And David will set these words in his heart, and he will be afraid greatly of the face of Achish, king of Gath. read more.
And he will change his understanding in their eyes, and he will be foolish in their hand, and he will mark upon the doors of the gate, and his spittle will come down upon his beard. And Achish will say to his servants, Behold, ye will see the man raving: wherefore will ye bring him to me? Do I want mad men that ye brought this to rave to me? shall this come into my house?

Deception » Instances of » By absalom » When he avenged his sister

2 Samuel 13:24-28

And Absalom will come to the king and say, Behold now, shearers to thy servant: now will the king go, and his servants, with thy servant? And the king will say to Absalom, No, my son, not now will we all go, and we will not be heavy upon thee. And he will press upon him, and he would not go, and he will bless him. And Absalom will say, And shall not Amnon my brother now go with us? And the king will say to him, Wherefore shall he go with thee? read more.
And Absalom will press upon him, and he will send with him Amnon and all the king's sons. And Absalom will command his boys, saying, See now, when the heart of Amnon is good with wine, and I said to you, Strike Amnon; and kill him; ye shall not be afraid, for I commanded you: be strong and be for sons of strength.

Deception » Of self » Spiritual bondage

Isaiah 44:20

He fed upon ashes: a deceived heart turned him away, and he shall not deliver his soul, and he shall not say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?

Deception » Instances of » In representing to their father that joseph had been destroyed by wild beasts

Genesis 37:29-35

And Reuben turned back to the pit; and behold, Joseph not in the pit: and he rent his garments. And he will turn back to his brethren, and he will say, The child is not: and I, where shall I go? And they will take Joseph's tunic, and will slaughter a he-goat of the goats, and will dip the tunic in the blood. read more.
And they will send the tunic, reaching down to the soles of the feet., and will bring to their father, and they will say, We found this: recognise now, is this thy son's tunic or not? And he will recognise it, and will say, My son's tunic an evil beast devoured him: tearing in pieces, he tare Joseph in pieces. And Jacob will rend his garments, and will put sackcloth upon his loins, and will mourn for his son many days. And all his sons and all his daughters, will rise up to comfort him; and he will refuse to be comforted; and will say, For I will go down to my son mourning to hadas; and his father will weep for him.

Deception » Instances of » Jacob's sons, in entrapping the shechemites

Genesis 34:13-31

And the sons of Jacob will answer Shechem and Hamor his father with deceit, and will say, Because he defiled Dinah their sister. And they will say to them, We shall not be able to do this word, to give our sister to a man which to him is uncircumcision; for this a reproach to us. But in this will we consent to you, if ye will be as we to circumcise to you every male; read more.
And we will give our daughters to you, and we will take your daughters to us, and we will dwell with you and be one people. And if ye will not listen to us to be circumcised, and we will take out daughter and depart And their words will be pleasing in the eyes of Hamor, and in the eyes of Shechem, Hamor's son. And the youth deferred not to do the word, for he delighted in Jacob's daughter, and he was honorable more than all his father's house. And Hamor will come, and Shechem his son, to the gate of their city, and they will speak to the men of the city, saying, These men they are living peacefully with us, and they shall dwell in the land, and traffic in it; and the land, behold, being broad to the hands be. fore them: we will take their daughters to us for wives, and give our daughters to them. Only in this will the men consent to us to dwell with us to be for one people, in the circumcising to us every male according as they having been circumcised. Their cattle and their possession and all their quadrupeds, shall they not be to us? only we will consent to them, and they will dwell with us. And to Hamor and to Shechem his son, will listen all going out of the gate of the city: and they will circumcise every male, all going out of the gate of the city. And it will be in the third day, in their having pain, and the two sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brethren, will take a man his sword, and will go against the city securely, and will kill every male. And they killed Hamor and Shechem his son, with the mouth of the sword; and they will take Dinah from the house of Shechem, and go forth. The sons of Jacob came upon the wounded, and they will plunder the city, because they defiled their sister. Their sheep and their oxen and their asses, and what was in the city, and what in the field, they took. And all their force and all their little ones, and their wives they led captive, and they will plunder all which is in the house. And Jacob will say to Simeon and to Levi, Ye troubled me to make me evil to him dwelling in the land to the Canaanites, and to the Perizzites and I men of number, and they will gather together and smite me, and I all be destroyed, and my house. And they will say, Shall he do to our sister as an harlot?

Deception » Instances of » Amnon deceives tamar by feigning sickness

2 Samuel 13:6-14

And Amnon will lie down and be sick: and the king will come to see him, and Amnon will say to the king, Will Tamar my sister come now, and she shall make before mine eyes two cakes, and I will eat from her hand. And David will send to Tamar, saying, Go now to the house of Amnon thy brother, and make food for him. And Tamar will go to the house of Amnon her brother, and he lay down. And she will take dough and knead, and make cakes before his eyes, and bake the cakes. read more.
And she will take a frying-pan and pour out before him; and he will refuse to eat. And Amnon will say, Bring out every man from me. And they brought forth every man from him. And Amnon will say to Tamar, Bring the cakes into the chamber, and I will eat from thine hand And Tamar will take the cakes which she made and bring to Amnon her brother into the chamber. And she will bring near to him to eat, and he will lay hold upon her and say, Come lie with me, my sister. And she will say to him, No, my brother, thou shalt not humble me; for so it shall not be done in Israel: thou shalt not do this folly. And I, whither shall I cause my reproach to go? and thou wilt be as one of the foolish in Israel. And now, speak now, to the king, and he will not withhold me from thee. And he would not hear to her voice; and he will be strong above her, and he will humble her and lie with her.

Deception » Instances of » Jacob and rebekah, in imposing jacob on his father, and jacob's impersonating esau

Genesis 27:6-23

And Rebekah spake to Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard thy father speaking to Esau thy brother, saying, Bring to me a hunting, and make for me dainties, and eating, and I will praise thee before Jehovah, before my death. And now my son, hear to my voice, according to that I command thee. read more.
Go now to the flocks, and take to me from thence two kids of the she-goats good, and I will make them dainties for thy father, as that he loved. And thou shall bring to thy father, and eating, so that he will praise thee before his death. And Jacob will say to Rebekah his mother, Behold, Esau my brother a man of hair, and I a smooth man: Perhaps my father will feel me, and I was in his eyes as mocking; and I brought a curse and not a praise. And his mother will say to him, Upon me thy curse my son; only hear to my voice, and go take to me. And he will go, and will take, and bring to his mother: and his mother will make dainties as that his father loved. And Rebekah will take desirable covering of Esau her son, the great, which was with her in the house, and will put upon Jacob her son, the small. And the nakedness of the skins of the shegoats, she put upon his hands and upon the smoothness of his neck. And she will give the dainties, and the bread which she made, into the hand of Jacob her son. And he will go to his father and will say, My father. And he will say, Behold me; who thou my son? And Jacob will say to his father, I am Esau thy first-born; I did according to that thou spakest to me: arise, now, sit and eat from my hunting, so that thy soul shall praise me. And Isaak will say to his son, How this, thou wert quick to find my son? and the will say, Because Jehovah thy God caused to meet before me. And Isaak will say to Jacob, Come near, now, and I shall feel thee, my son, if thou this my son Esau or not And Jacob will come near to Isaak his father, and he will feel him, and he will say, The voice, the voice of Jacob; and the hands, the hands of Esau. And he knew him not, for his hands were as the hands of Esau, his brother of hair: and he will praise him.

Deception » Instances of » The gibeonites, in misrepresenting their habitat

Joshua 9:3-15

And the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua did to Jericho and to Ai. And they will do in guile, and will go and will lay snares, and will take sacking worn out, for their asses, and leather sacks of wine worn out, and being rent and bound up; And shoes worn out and mended, upon their feet, and garments worn out upon them; and all the bread of their food dry; it was crumbs. read more.
And they will come to Joshua to the camp at Gilgal, and will say to him and to the men of Israel, From a land far off we came: and now cut out to us a covenant. And the men of Israel will say to the Hivite, Perhaps thou shalt dwell in the midst of me, and I shall not make a covenant to thee. And they will say to Joshua, We thy servants. And Joshua will say to them, Who are ye? and from whence will ye come? And they will say to him, From a land very far off thy servants came, for the name of Jehovah thy God; for we heard his fame and all that he did in Egypt And all that he did to the two kings of the Amorites on the other side of Jordan, to Sihon, king of Heshbon, and to Og, king of Bashan, in Ashtaroth. And our old men and all the inhabitants of our land will say to us, saying, Take in your hand food for the way, and go to meet them, and say to them, We your servants: and now cut out to us a covenant: This the hot bread we took it for food from our houses in the day we came forth to come to you; and now, behold, it dry, and it was crumbs And these leather sacks of wine which we filled, new, and behold, they were rent; and these our garments and our shoes worn out from the exceeding greatness of the way. And the men will take of their food, and they asked not the mouth of Jehovah. And Joshua will make peace to them, and will cut out to them a covenant to preserve them alive: and the chiefs of the assembly sware to them.

Deception » Instances of » Ehud deceives eglon, and kills him

Judges 3:15-30

And the sons of Israel will cry to Jehovah, and Jehovah will raise up to them a saviour, Ehud, son of Gera, son of a Benjamite, a man shut up of his right hand: and the sons of Israel will send a gift by his hand to Eglon, king of Moab. And Ehud will make to him a sword, and to it two mouths; a cubit its length: and he will gird it from under his garments upon his right thigh. And he will bring the gift to Eglon, king of Moab: and Eglon a very fat man. read more.
And it will be as he finished to bring the gift, and he will send away the people lifting up the gift. And he turned back from the carved images which were at Gilgal, and he will say, A hidden word to me for thee, O king: and he will say, Silence! And all standing by him will go forth from him. And Ehud came to him; and he sat in an upper chamber of cooling, which was to him alone: and Ehud will say, A word of God to me for thee. And he will rise from off the throne. And Ehud will stretch forth his left hand, and will take the sword from off his right thigh, and he will drive it into his belly: And the handle will also go in after the flame, and the fat will shut upon the flame, for he drew not the sword out of his belly; and the dirt came out. And Ehud will come forth to the portico, and he will shut the doors of the upper chamber upon him, and fasten. And he went forth, and his servants came in, and saw, and behold, the doors of the upper chamber were fastened; and they will say, Surely he is covering his feet in the chamber of cooling. And they will delay till being ashamed: and behold, he opened not the doors of the upper chamber; and they will take a key and will open: and behold, their lord fallen upon the earth, dead. And Ehud was saved during their consternation; and he passed by the carved images and will be saved at the the gates. And it will be in his coming out, and he will clang upon the trumpet in mount Ephraim, and the sons of Israel will go down with him from the mountain, and he before them. And he will say to them, Follow after me, for Jehovah gave your enemies, Moab, into your hand. And they will go down after him and will take the passages of Jordan toward Moab, and they gave not a man to pass over. And they will smite Moab in that time, about ten thousand men, every one fat and every man strong: and not a man was saved. And Moab will be subdued in that day under the hand of Israel: and the land will rest eighty years.

Deception » Instances of » Delilah deceives samson

Judges 16:4-20

And it will be after this, and he will love a woman in the valley of Shorek, and her name Delilah. And the princes of Philisteim will come up and will say to her, Persuade him, and see in what is his great strength, and in what we shall prevail against him, and bind him to humble him: and we give to thee each a thousand and a hundred of silver. And Delilah will say to Samson, Announce now to me in what is thy great strength, and in what thou shalt be bound to humble thee. read more.
And Samson will say to her, If they shall bind me with seven moist cords that were not dried, and I was weak and shall be as another man. And the princess of Philisteim will bring up to her seven moist cords which were not dried, and she will bind him with them. And lying in wait dwelling by her in the chamber. And she will say to him, Philisteim upon thee, Samson. And he will tear away the cords as a thread of tow will be torn away in its smelling the fire. And his strength was not known. And Delilah will say to Samson, Behold, thou deceivest me, and thou wilt speak to me lies: this time announce to me now in what thou shalt be bound. And he will say to her, If binding, they shall bind me with new cords which work was not done with them, and I was weak and was as another man. And Delilah will take new cords and will bind him with them, and she will say to him, Philisteim upon thee, Samson, (and the lier in wait dwelling in the chamber.) And he will tear them away from off his arms as a thread. And Delilah will say to Samson, Till now thou deceivedst me, and thou wilt speak to me lies: announce to me in what thou shalt be bound. And he will say to her, If thou shalt weave the seven braids of my head with the warp. And she will fasten with a peg, and she will say to him, Philisteim upon thee, Samson. And he will awake from his sleep, and he will tear away the peg of the braid and the warp. And she will say to him, Wilt thou say, I loved thee, and thy heart not with me? This three times thou didst deceive me, and didst not announce to me in what is thy great strength. And it will be in her pressing upon him with her words all the days, and she will urge him, and his soul will be shortened to death; And he will announce to her all his heart, and he will say to her, A razor came not up upon my head, for I am devoted to God from my mother's womb: if I were shaved, and my strength removed from me, and I was weak, and was as all men. And Delilah will see that he announced to her all his heart, and she will send and call to the princes of Philisteim, saying, Come up to me this time; for he announced to her all his heart And the princes of Philisteim will come up to her, and will bring up the silver in their hand. And she will cause him to sleep upon her knees; and she will call to a man, and she will shave the seven braids of his head; and she will begin to humble him, and his strength will remove from him. And she will say, Philisteim upon thee, Samson. And he will awake from his sleep, and say, I will go forth as once upon once, and shake myself. And he knew not that Jehovah removed from him.

Deception » Of self » An unbridled tongue

Deception » Of self » Self-esteem

Psalm 36:2

For he made smooth to himself in his eyes, to find his iniquity to hate.

Deception » Of self » Careless hearing

Deception » Of self » Sanctimony

Deception » Instances of » The old prophet

1 Kings 13:18

And he will say to him, I also a prophet as thou; and a messenger spake to me in the word of Jehovah, saying, Turn him back with thee to thy house; and he shall eat bread and drink water. Lying to him.

Deception » Instances of » Job's friends

Job 6:15

My brethren dealt faithlessly as a torrent; as a channel of torrents they shall pass away;

Deception » Instances of » By absalom » When he began his conspiracy

2 Samuel 15:7

And it will be from the end of forty years, and Absalom will say to the king, I will go now and complete my vow which I vowed to Jehovah in Hebron.

Deception » Instances of » Pharisees

Matthew 22:16

And they send to him their disciples, with the Herodians, saying, Teacher, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, and care is to thee for none; for thou lookest not to the face of men.

Deception » Instances of » Gehazi

2 Kings 5:20

And Gehazi the boy of Elisha, the man of God, will say, Behold, my lord spared Naaman this Aramite from taking from his hand what he brought: Jehovah lives, for if I ran after him land book from him something.

Deception » Instances of » Lawyer

Luke 10:25

And, behold, a certain skilled in the law stood up, tempting him, and saying, Teacher, what having done shall I inherit eternal life

Deception » Instances of » Isaac, in stating that his wife was his sister

Genesis 26:7

And the men of the place will ask concerning his wife; and he will say, She is my sister: for he will be afraid to say, My wife, lest the men of the place will kill me for Rebekah, because she is good in appearance.

Deception » Instances of » Chief priests

Mark 14:1

And after two days was the pascha, and the unleavened loaves: and the chief priests and scribes sought how, having taken him by fraud, they might kill.

Deception » Instances of » Doeg

Psalm 52:2

Thy tongue will purpose mischief as a razor being sharpened, working deceit.

Deception » Instances of » Ananias and sapphira

Acts 5:1

And a certain man, Ananias by name, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,

Deception » Instances of » By satan

Deception » Instances of » Herod

Matthew 2:8

And having sent them to Bethlehem, he said, Having gone, examine thoroughly concerning the child; and when ye should find, announce ye to me, so that I also, having gone, will worship him.

Deception » Instances of » Sanballat tries to deceive nehemiah

Falsehood » Instances of » Gibeonites » Deception

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