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9 Bible Verses about False Prophets

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Isaiah 8:20

Turn to the law and to the testimony! If they don't speak according to this word, surely there is no morning for them.

Matthew 7:15-16

"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves. By their fruits you will know them. Do you gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles?

Jeremiah 23:17

They say continually to those who despise me, Yahweh has said, You shall have peace; and to everyone who walks in the stubbornness of his own heart they say, No evil shall come on you.

Jeremiah 28:15

Then the prophet Jeremiah said to Hananiah the prophet, Hear now, Hananiah: Yahweh has not sent you; but you make this people to trust in a lie.

Deuteronomy 18:21-22

If you say in your heart, "How shall we know the word which Yahweh has not spoken?" when a prophet speaks in the name of Yahweh, if the thing doesn't follow, nor happen, that is the thing which Yahweh has not spoken: the prophet has spoken it presumptuously, you shall not be afraid of him.

Jeremiah 23:16

Thus says Yahweh of Armies, Don't listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you: they teach you vanity; they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of Yahweh.

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Divination » Practised by » False prophets

Jeremiah 14:14

Then Yahweh said to me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name; I didn't send them, neither have I commanded them, neither spoke I to them: they prophesy to you a lying vision, and divination, and a thing of nothing, and the deceit of their own heart.

Ezekiel 13:3

Thus says the Lord Yahweh, Woe to the foolish prophets, who follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!

Ezekiel 13:6

They have seen falsehood and lying divination, who say, Yahweh says; but Yahweh has not sent them: and they have made men to hope that the word would be confirmed.

Dreams » False prophets » Not to be regarded in

Jeremiah 27:9

But as for you, don't you listen to your prophets, nor to your diviners, nor to your dreams, nor to your soothsayers, nor to your sorcerers, who speak to you, saying, You shall not serve the king of Babylon:

Deuteronomy 13:1-3

If there arise in the midst of you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and he give you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder come to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, "Let us go after other gods" (which you have not known) "and let us serve them;" you shall not listen to the words of that prophet, or to that dreamer of dreams: for Yahweh your God proves you, to know whether you love Yahweh your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

Dreams » False prophets » Pretended to

Jeremiah 29:8

For thus says Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel: Don't let your prophets who are in the midst of you, and your diviners, deceive you; neither listen to your dreams which you cause to be dreamed.

Jeremiah 23:25-28

I have heard what the prophets have said, who prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed. How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets who prophesy lies, even the prophets of the deceit of their own heart? who think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbor, as their fathers forgot my name for Baal. read more.
The prophet who has a dream, let him tell a dream; and he who has my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the straw to the wheat? says Yahweh.

Dreams » False prophets » Condemned for pretending to

Jeremiah 23:32

Behold, I am against those who prophesy lying dreams, says Yahweh, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their vain boasting: yet I didn't send them, nor commanded them; neither do they profit this people at all, says Yahweh.

Flattery » Exemplified » False prophets

1 Kings 22:13

The messenger who went to call Micaiah spoke to him, saying, "See now, the prophets declare good to the king with one mouth. Please let your word be like the word of one of them, and speak good."

Foxes » Illustrative of » False prophets

Ezekiel 13:4

Israel, your prophets have been like foxes in the waste places.

Ignorance of God » Exemplified » False prophets

Isaiah 56:10-11

His watchmen are blind, they are all without knowledge; they are all mute dogs, they can't bark; dreaming, lying down, loving to slumber. Yes, the dogs are greedy, they can never have enough; and these are shepherds who can't understand: they have all turned to their own way, each one to his gain, from every quarter.

False prophets » The people » Warned not to listen to

Jeremiah 27:9

But as for you, don't you listen to your prophets, nor to your diviners, nor to your dreams, nor to your soothsayers, nor to your sorcerers, who speak to you, saying, You shall not serve the king of Babylon:

Jeremiah 23:16

Thus says Yahweh of Armies, Don't listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you: they teach you vanity; they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of Yahweh.

Deuteronomy 13:3

you shall not listen to the words of that prophet, or to that dreamer of dreams: for Yahweh your God proves you, to know whether you love Yahweh your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

Jeremiah 27:15-16

For I have not sent them, says Yahweh, but they prophesy falsely in my name; that I may drive you out, and that you may perish, you, and the prophets who prophesy to you. Also I spoke to the priests and to all this people, saying, Thus says Yahweh: Don't listen to the words of your prophets who prophesy to you, saying, Behold, the vessels of Yahweh's house shall now shortly be brought again from Babylon; for they prophesy a lie to you.

False prophets » Judgments denounced against

Jeremiah 8:1

At that time, says Yahweh, 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 says Yahweh concerning the prophets who prophesy in my name, and I didn't send them, yet they say, Sword and famine shall not be in this land: By sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed.

Jeremiah 29:32

therefore thus says Yahweh, Behold, I will punish Shemaiah the Nehelamite, and his seed; he shall not have a man to dwell among this people, neither shall he see the good that I will do to my people, says Yahweh, because he has spoken rebellion against Yahweh.

Jeremiah 28:16

Therefore thus says Yahweh, Behold, I will send you away from off the surface of the earth: this year you shall die, because you have spoken rebellion against Yahweh.

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

Jeremiah 23:17

They say continually to those who despise me, Yahweh has said, You shall have peace; and to everyone who walks in the stubbornness of his own heart they say, No evil shall come on you.

Jeremiah 6:14

They have healed also the hurt of my people superficially, saying, 'Peace, peace!' when there is no peace.

Ezekiel 13:10

Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and there is no peace; and when one builds up a wall, behold, they plaster it with whitewash:

Micah 3:5

Thus says Yahweh concerning the prophets who lead my people astray; for those who feed their teeth, they proclaim, "Peace!" and whoever doesn't provide for their mouths, they prepare war against him:

False prophets » Mode of trying and detecting

1 John 4:1-3

Beloved, don't believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit who confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit who doesn't confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God, and this is the spirit of the Antichrist, of whom you have heard that it comes. Now it is in the world already.

Deuteronomy 18:21-22

If you say in your heart, "How shall we know the word which Yahweh has not spoken?" when a prophet speaks in the name of Yahweh, if the thing doesn't follow, nor happen, that is the thing which Yahweh has not spoken: the prophet has spoken it presumptuously, you shall not be afraid of him.

Deuteronomy 13:1

If there arise in the midst of you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and he give you a sign or a wonder,

False prophets » Not sent or commissioned by God

Jeremiah 14:14

Then Yahweh said to me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name; I didn't send them, neither have I commanded them, neither spoke I to them: they prophesy to you a lying vision, and divination, and a thing of nothing, and the deceit of their own heart.

Jeremiah 29:31

Send to all them of the captivity, saying, Thus says Yahweh concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite: Because Shemaiah has prophesied to you, and I didn't send him, and he has caused you to trust in a lie;

False prophets » Often practised divination and witchcraft

Acts 13:6

When they had gone through the island to Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Bar Jesus,

Jeremiah 14:14

Then Yahweh said to me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name; I didn't send them, neither have I commanded them, neither spoke I to them: they prophesy to you a lying vision, and divination, and a thing of nothing, and the deceit of their own heart.

Ezekiel 22:28

Her prophets have plastered for them with whitewash, seeing false visions, and divining lies to them, saying, Thus says the Lord Yahweh, when Yahweh has not spoken.

False prophets » Pretended to be sent by God

Jeremiah 23:17-18

They say continually to those who despise me, Yahweh has said, You shall have peace; and to everyone who walks in the stubbornness of his own heart they say, No evil shall come on you. For who has stood in the council of Yahweh, that he should perceive and hear his word? who has marked my word, and heard it?

Jeremiah 23:31

Behold, I am against the prophets, says Yahweh, who use their tongues, and say, He says.

False prophets » Described as » Immoral and profane

Jeremiah 23:14

In the prophets of Jerusalem also I have seen a horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies; and they strengthen the hands of evildoers, so that none does return from his wickedness: they are all of them become to me as Sodom, and its inhabitants as Gomorrah.

Jeremiah 23:11

for both prophet and priest are profane; yes, in my house have I found their wickedness, says Yahweh.

False prophets » Prophesied » Out of their own heart

Jeremiah 23:26

How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets who prophesy lies, even the prophets of the deceit of their own heart?

Jeremiah 23:16

Thus says Yahweh of Armies, Don't listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you: they teach you vanity; they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of Yahweh.

False prophets » Often pretended to dreams, &c

Jeremiah 23:28

The prophet who has a dream, let him tell a dream; and he who has my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the straw to the wheat? says Yahweh.

Jeremiah 23:32

Behold, I am against those who prophesy lying dreams, says Yahweh, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their vain boasting: yet I didn't send them, nor commanded them; neither do they profit this people at all, says Yahweh.

False prophets » Women sometimes acted as

Revelation 2:20

But I have this against you, that you tolerate your woman, Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. She teaches and seduces my servants to commit sexual immorality, and to eat things sacrificed to idols.

Nehemiah 6:14

"Remember, my God, Tobiah and Sanballat according to these their works, and also the prophetess Noadiah, and the rest of the prophets, that would have put me in fear."

False prophets » Predicted to arise » Before destruction of jerusalem

False prophets » The people » Led into error by

Jeremiah 23:13

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

Micah 3:5

Thus says Yahweh concerning the prophets who lead my people astray; for those who feed their teeth, they proclaim, "Peace!" and whoever doesn't provide for their mouths, they prepare war against him:

False prophets » The people » Encouraged and praised

Jeremiah 5:31

The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own authority; and my people love to have it so. What will you do in the end of it?

Luke 6:26

Woe, when men speak well of you, for their fathers did the same thing to the false prophets.

False prophets » The people » Taught profaneness and sin by

Jeremiah 23:14-15

In the prophets of Jerusalem also I have seen a horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies; and they strengthen the hands of evildoers, so that none does return from his wickedness: they are all of them become to me as Sodom, and its inhabitants as Gomorrah. Therefore thus says Yahweh of Armies concerning the prophets: Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make them drink the water of gall; for from the prophets of Jerusalem is ungodliness gone forth into all the land.

False prophets » Made use of by God to prove israel

Deuteronomy 13:3

you shall not listen to the words of that prophet, or to that dreamer of dreams: for Yahweh your God proves you, to know whether you love Yahweh your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

False prophets » Influenced by evil spirits

1 Kings 22:21-22

A spirit came out and stood before Yahweh, and said, 'I will entice him.' Yahweh said to him, 'How?' He said, 'I will go out and will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.' He said, 'You will entice him, and will also prevail. Go out and do so.'

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

Jeremiah 14:14

Then Yahweh said to me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name; I didn't send them, neither have I commanded them, neither spoke I to them: they prophesy to you a lying vision, and divination, and a thing of nothing, and the deceit of their own heart.

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

Jeremiah 23:27

who think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbor, as their fathers forgot my name for Baal.

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

Jeremiah 23:30

Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, says Yahweh, who steal my words everyone from his neighbor.

False prophets » Involved the people in their own ruin

Isaiah 9:15-16

The elder and the honorable man is the head, and the prophet who teaches lies is the tail. For those who lead this people lead them astray; and those who are led by them are destroyed.

False prophets » Described as » Light and treacherous

Zephaniah 3:4

Her prophets are arrogant and treacherous people. Her priests have profaned the sanctuary. They have done violence to the law.

False prophets » Prophesied » Falsely

Jeremiah 5:31

The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own authority; and my people love to have it so. What will you do in the end of it?

False prophets » The people » Oppressed and defrauded by

Ezekiel 22:25

There is a conspiracy of her prophets in its midst, like a roaring lion ravening the prey: they have devoured souls; they take treasure and precious things; they have made her widows many in its midst.

False prophets » Compared to wind

Jeremiah 5:13

The prophets shall become wind, and the word is not in them. Thus shall it be done to them."

False prophets » Described as » Crafty

False prophets » Prophesied » In the name of false gods

Jeremiah 2:8

The priests didn't say, 'Where is Yahweh?' and those who handle the law didn't know me. The rulers also transgressed 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

If the prophet is deceived and speak a word, I, Yahweh, have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand on him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel.

False prophets » Compared to foxes in the desert

Ezekiel 13:4

Israel, your prophets have been like foxes in the waste places.

False prophets » Called foolish prophets

Ezekiel 13:3

Thus says the Lord Yahweh, Woe to the foolish prophets, who 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

They also reel with wine, and stagger with strong drink. The priest and the prophet reel with strong drink. They are swallowed up by wine. They stagger with strong drink. They err in vision. They stumble in judgment.

False prophets » Described as » Covetous

Women » False prophets

Ezekiel 13:17-23

You, son of man, set your face against the daughters of your people, who prophesy out of their own heart; and prophesy against them, and say, Thus says the Lord Yahweh: Woe to the women who sew pillows on all elbows, and make kerchiefs for the head of [persons of] every stature to hunt souls! Will you hunt the souls of my people, and save souls alive for yourselves? You have profaned me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to kill the souls who should not die, and to save the souls alive who should not live, by your lying to my people who listen to lies. read more.
Therefore thus says the Lord Yahweh: Behold, I am against your pillows, with which you there hunt the souls to make [them] fly, and I will tear them from your arms; and I will let the souls go, even the souls whom you hunt to make [them] fly. Your kerchiefs also will I tear, and deliver my people out of your hand, and they shall be no more in your hand to be hunted; and you shall know that I am Yahweh. Because with lies you have grieved the heart of the righteous, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, and be saved alive: Therefore you shall no more see false visions, nor practice divination. I will deliver my people out of your hand; and you shall know that I am Yahweh.

Topics on False Prophets

Dreams And False Prophets

Deuteronomy 13:1-3

If there arise in the midst of you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and he give you a sign or a wonder,

False Prophets Denounced

Jeremiah 23:9-40

Concerning the prophets. My heart within me is broken, all my bones shake; I am like a drunken man, and like a man whom wine has overcome, because of Yahweh, and because of his holy words.

False Prophets, Examples Of

Revelation 2:20

But I have this against you, that you tolerate your woman, Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. She teaches and seduces my servants to commit sexual immorality, and to eat things sacrificed to idols.