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9 Bible Verses about False Prophets

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Isaiah 8:20

To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

Matthew 7:15-16

Keep yourselves also from the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

Jeremiah 23:17

They say boldly unto those that stir me to anger, The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto anyone that walks after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you.

Jeremiah 28:15

Then said the prophet Jeremiah unto Hananiah the prophet, Hear now, Hananiah; The LORD has not sent thee; and thou hast made this people to trust in a lie.

Deuteronomy 18:21-22

And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD has not spoken? When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not follow nor come to pass, it is a word which the LORD has not spoken, but the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; thou shalt not be afraid of him.

Jeremiah 23:16

Thus hath the LORD of the hosts said, 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.

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Divination » Practised by » False prophets

Jeremiah 14:14

Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I did not send them, neither have I commanded them, neither did I speak unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision, divination, vanity, and the deceit of their heart.

Ezekiel 13:3

thus hath the Lord GOD said: Woe unto the foolish prophets that follow their own spirit and have seen nothing!

Ezekiel 13:6

They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The LORD saith: and the LORD has not sent them, and they have made others to wait for the word to be confirmed.

Dreams » False prophets » Not to be regarded in

Jeremiah 27:9

Therefore do not hearken unto your prophets, nor to your diviners, nor to your dreams, nor to your sorcerers, nor to your enchanters, which speak unto you, saying, Ye shall not serve the king of Babylon:

Deuteronomy 13:1-3

When there arises among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and gives thee a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them, thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the LORD your God proves you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

Dreams » False prophets » Pretended to

Jeremiah 29:8

For thus hath the LORD of the hosts the God of Israel said: Let not your prophets and your diviners that are in the midst of you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye dream.

Jeremiah 23:25-28

I have heard what those prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed. How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies and that prophesy the deceit of their own heart? Do they not think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which each one tells his neighbour, so much that their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal? read more.
The prophet with whom the dream came, let him tell the dream; and he with whom my word came, let him speak my true word. What is the chaff to the wheat? said the LORD.

Dreams » False prophets » Condemned for pretending to

Jeremiah 23:32

Behold, I am against those that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD, and did tell them, and caused my people to err by their lies, and by their flattery; yet I did not send them, nor command them; and they did not profit this people at all, said the LORD.

Flattery » Exemplified » False prophets

1 Kings 22:13

And the messenger that had gone to call Micaiah spoke unto him, saying, Behold now, the words of the prophets declare good unto the king with one mouth; now let thy word, I pray thee, be like the word of one of them and speak that which is good.

Foxes » Illustrative of » False prophets

Ezekiel 13:4

O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts.

Ignorance of God » Exemplified » False prophets

Isaiah 56:10-11

His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant; they are all dumb dogs; they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, they love to slumber. And these anxious dogs are insatiable, and even the shepherds did not know enough to understand: they all look to their own ways, each one for his gain, from his quarter.

False prophets » The people » Warned not to listen to

Jeremiah 27:9

Therefore do not hearken unto your prophets, nor to your diviners, nor to your dreams, nor to your sorcerers, nor to your enchanters, which speak unto you, saying, Ye shall not serve the king of Babylon:

Jeremiah 23:16

Thus hath the LORD of the hosts said, 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.

Deuteronomy 13:3

thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the LORD your God proves you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

Jeremiah 27:15-16

For I have not sent them, saith the LORD, yet they prophesy a lie in my name; that I might drive you out and that ye might perish, ye, and the prophets that prophesy unto you. Also I spoke to the priests and to all this people, saying, Thus hath the LORD said: Hearken not unto the words of your prophets that prophesy unto you, saying, Behold, the vessels of the LORD's house shall now shortly be brought again from Babylon; for they prophesy a lie unto you.

False prophets » Judgments denounced against

Jeremiah 8:1

At that time, said the LORD, they shall bring out the bones of the kings of Judah and the bones of his princes and the bones of the priests and the bones of the prophets and the bones of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, out of their graves;

Jeremiah 14:15

Therefore thus hath the LORD said concerning the prophets that prophesy in my name which I did not send and that say, Sword and famine shall not be in this land; By sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed.

Jeremiah 29:32

therefore thus hath the LORD said; Behold, I visit upon Shemaiah the Nehelamite and upon his generation: he shall not have a man to dwell among this people; neither shall he behold that good which I do unto my people, said the LORD, because he has spoken rebellion against the LORD.

Jeremiah 28:16

Therefore thus hath the LORD said; Behold, I will send thee away from upon the face of the earth; this year thou shalt die because thou hast spoken rebellion against the LORD.

False prophets » Prophesied » Peace, when there was no peace

Jeremiah 23:17

They say boldly unto those that stir me to anger, The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto anyone that walks after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you.

Jeremiah 6:14

They treat also the destruction of the daughter of my people lightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.

Ezekiel 13:10

Therefore and because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and there was no peace; and one built up the wall, and, behold, others plastered it with loose mud:

Micah 3:5

Thus hath the LORD said concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that does not give them something to eat, they even prepare war against him.

False prophets » Mode of trying and detecting

1 John 4:1-3

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God because many false prophets are gone out into the world. In this know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ, is come in flesh is of God: And every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ, is come in flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, of which ye have heard that it should come, and that now it is already in the world.

Deuteronomy 18:21-22

And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD has not spoken? When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not follow nor come to pass, it is a word which the LORD has not spoken, but the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; thou shalt not be afraid of him.

Deuteronomy 13:1

When there arises among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and gives thee a sign or a wonder,

False prophets » Not sent or commissioned by God

Jeremiah 14:14

Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I did not send them, neither have I commanded them, neither did I speak unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision, divination, vanity, and the deceit of their heart.

Jeremiah 29:31

Send to all them of the captivity, saying, Thus hath the LORD said concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite; Because that Shemaiah has prophesied unto you, and I did not send him, and he caused you to trust upon a lie;

False prophets » Often practised divination and witchcraft

Acts 13:6

And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain wise man, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus,

Jeremiah 14:14

Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I did not send them, neither have I commanded them, neither did I speak unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision, divination, vanity, and the deceit of their heart.

Ezekiel 22:28

And her prophets have plastered them over with loose mud, prophesying vanity and divining lies unto them, saying: Thus hath the Lord GOD said, when the LORD has not spoken.

False prophets » Pretended to be sent by God

Jeremiah 23:17-18

They say boldly unto those that stir me to anger, The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto anyone that walks after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you. For who has stood in the secret of the LORD and has seen and heard his word? Who has payed attention to his word and heard it?

Jeremiah 23:31

Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that sweeten their tongues and say, He said.

False prophets » Described as » Immoral and profane

Jeremiah 23:14

I have also seen a horrible thing in the prophets of Jerusalem: they committed adultery and walked by lies; they strengthened also the hands of evildoers, that no none is converted from his malice; they are all of them unto me as Sodom and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.

Jeremiah 23:11

For both prophet and priest are feigned; even in my house I have found their wickedness, said the LORD.

False prophets » Prophesied » Out of their own heart

Jeremiah 23:26

How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies and that prophesy the deceit of their own heart?

Jeremiah 23:16

Thus hath the LORD of the hosts said, 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.

False prophets » Often pretended to dreams, &c

Jeremiah 23:28

The prophet with whom the dream came, let him tell the dream; and he with whom my word came, let him speak my true word. What is the chaff to the wheat? said the LORD.

Jeremiah 23:32

Behold, I am against those that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD, and did tell them, and caused my people to err by their lies, and by their flattery; yet I did not send them, nor command them; and they did not profit this people at all, said the LORD.

False prophets » Women sometimes acted as

Revelation 2:20

Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel (who calls herself a prophetess) to teach and to seduce my slaves to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

Nehemiah 6:14

My God, think thou upon Tobiah and Sanballat according to these their works and on the prophetess Noadiah and the rest of the prophets, that did things to put me in fear.

False prophets » Predicted to arise » Before destruction of jerusalem

False prophets » The people » Led into error by

Jeremiah 23:13

And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal and caused my people Israel to err.

Micah 3:5

Thus hath the LORD said concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that does not give them something to eat, they even prepare war against him.

False prophets » The people » Encouraged and praised

Jeremiah 5:31

The prophets prophesied falsely, and the priests bore rule by their hands; and my people love to have it so. What will ye do in the end thereof?

Luke 6:26

Woe unto you when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers treat the false prophets.

False prophets » The people » Taught profaneness and sin by

Jeremiah 23:14-15

I have also seen a horrible thing in the prophets of Jerusalem: they committed adultery and walked by lies; they strengthened also the hands of evildoers, that no none is converted from his malice; they are all of them unto me as Sodom and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah. Therefore, thus hath the LORD of the hosts said against those prophets: Behold, I will cause them to eat wormwood and make them drink the waters of gall, for from the prophets of Jerusalem is hypocrisy gone forth upon all the land.

False prophets » Made use of by God to prove israel

Deuteronomy 13:3

thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the LORD your God proves you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

False prophets » Influenced by evil spirits

1 Kings 22:21-22

And there came forth a spirit and stood before the LORD and said, I will persuade him. And the LORD said unto him, In what manner? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also; go forth and do so.

False prophets » Prophesied » Lies in the name of the lord

Jeremiah 14:14

Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I did not send them, neither have I commanded them, neither did I speak unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision, divination, vanity, and the deceit of their heart.

False prophets » The people » Made to forget God's name by

Jeremiah 23:27

Do they not think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which each one tells his neighbour, so much that their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal?

False prophets » The people » Deprived of God's word by

Jeremiah 23:30

Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that steal my words each one from his neighbour.

False prophets » Involved the people in their own ruin

Isaiah 9:15-16

The ancient and venerable to look upon is the head; the prophet that teaches lies, he is the tail. For the governors of this people are deceivers, and those who are governed by them are lost.

False prophets » Described as » Light and treacherous

Zephaniah 3:4

Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary; they have falsified the law.

False prophets » Prophesied » Falsely

Jeremiah 5:31

The prophets prophesied falsely, and the priests bore rule by their hands; and my people love to have it so. What will ye do in the end thereof?

False prophets » The people » Oppressed and defrauded by

Ezekiel 22:25

There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken treasures and honour; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof.

False prophets » Compared to wind

Jeremiah 5:13

but the prophets shall become like wind, and there is no word in them: thus shall it be done unto them.

False prophets » Described as » Crafty

False prophets » Prophesied » In the name of false gods

Jeremiah 2:8

The priests did not say, Where is the LORD? and those that handled the law did not know me; the pastors also rebelled against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal and walked after things that do not profit.

False prophets » Often deceived by God as a judgment

Ezekiel 14:9

And the prophet when he is deceived and speaks a word, I the LORD have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him and will destroy him from among my people Israel.

False prophets » Compared to foxes in the desert

Ezekiel 13:4

O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts.

False prophets » Called foolish prophets

Ezekiel 13:3

thus hath the Lord GOD said: Woe unto the foolish prophets that follow their own spirit and have seen nothing!

False prophets » Predicted to arise » In the latter times

False prophets » Described as » Drunken

Isaiah 28:7

But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink; they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.

False prophets » Described as » Covetous

Women » False prophets

Ezekiel 13:17-23

Likewise, thou son of man, set thy face against the daughters of thy people, who prophesy out of their own heart; prophesy thou against them, And say, Thus hath the Lord GOD said; Woe to the women that sew pillows to all armholes and make kerchiefs upon the head of every stature to hunt souls! Must ye hunt the souls of my people to maintain thus your own life? And will ye profane me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, slaying the souls that should not die and giving life to the souls that should not live, by your lying to my people that listen to the lie? read more.
Therefore thus hath the Lord GOD said; Behold, I am against your pillows, with which ye hunt there the loose souls, and I will tear them from your arms and will let the souls go, even the loose souls that ye hunt. Your kerchiefs also I will tear and deliver my people out of your hand, and they shall no longer be in your hand to be hunted; and ye shall know that I am the LORD. Because with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and ye strengthen the hands of the wicked that he should not leave his wicked way, encouraging him: therefore ye shall not see vanity, nor divine divinations any longer: for I will deliver my people out of your hand; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

Topics on False Prophets

Dreams And False Prophets

Deuteronomy 13:1-3

When there arises among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and gives thee a sign or a wonder,

False Prophets Denounced

Jeremiah 23:9-40

My heart is broken within me because of the prophets, all my bones shake; I was like a drunken man, and like a man whom wine has overcome, before the LORD, and before the words of his holiness.

False Prophets, Examples Of

Revelation 2:20

Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel (who calls herself a prophetess) to teach and to seduce my slaves to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.