Matthew 7:15
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New International Version
"Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.

King James Bible
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

Darby Bible Translation
But beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but within are ravening wolves.

World English Bible
"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves.

Young's Literal Translation
'But, take heed of the false prophets, who come unto you in sheep's clothing, and inwardly are ravening wolves.

Matthew 7:15 Parallel
Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Beware of false prophets - By false prophets we are to understand teachers of erroneous doctrines, who come professing a commission from God, but whose aim is not to bring the heavenly treasure to the people, but rather to rob them of their earthly good. Teachers who preach for hire, having no motive to enter into the ministry but to get a living, as it is ominously called by some, however they may bear the garb and appearance of the innocent useful sheep, the true pastors commissioned by the Lord Jesus, or to whatever name, class or party they may belong, are, in the sight of the heart-searching God, no other than ravenous wolves, whose design is to feed themselves with the fat, and clothe themselves with the fleece, and thus ruin, instead of save, the flock.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Beware.

Matthew 10:17 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will whip you in their synagogues;

Matthew 16:6,11 Then Jesus said to them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees...

Mark 12:38 And he said to them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing...

Luke 12:15 And he said to them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness...

Acts 13:40 Beware therefore, lest that come on you, which is spoken of in the prophets;

Philippians 3:2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.

Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world...

2 Peter 3:17 You therefore, beloved, seeing you know these things before, beware lest you also, being led away with the error of the wicked...

false.

Matthew 24:4,5,11,24,25 And Jesus answered and said to them, Take heed that no man deceive you...

Deuteronomy 13:1-3 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and gives you a sign or a wonder...

Isaiah 9:15,16 The ancient and honorable, he is the head; and the prophet that teaches lies, he is the tail...

Jeremiah 14:14-16 Then the LORD said to me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spoke to them...

Jeremiah 23:13-16 And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err...

Jeremiah 28:15-17 Then said the prophet Jeremiah to Hananiah the prophet, Hear now, Hananiah; The LORD has not sent you...

Jeremiah 29:21,32 Thus said the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, of Ahab the son of Kolaiah, and of Zedekiah the son of Maaseiah...

Ezekiel 13:16,22 To wit, the prophets of Israel which prophesy concerning Jerusalem, and which see visions of peace for her, and there is no peace...

Micah 3:5-7,11 Thus said the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace...

Mark 13:22,23 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall show signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect...

2 Peter 2:1-3 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you...

1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God...

Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that worked miracles before him...

which.

Zechariah 13:4 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the prophets shall be ashamed every one of his vision, when he has prophesied...

Mark 12:38-40 And he said to them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing...

Romans 16:17,18 Now I beseech you, brothers, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which you have learned...

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ...

Galatians 2:4 And that because of false brothers unawares brought in, who came in privately to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus...

Ephesians 4:14 That we from now on be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men...

Ephesians 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things comes the wrath of God on the children of disobedience.

Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world...

1 Timothy 4:1-3 Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits...

2 Timothy 3:5-9,13 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away...

2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers...

2 Peter 2:1-3,18,19 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you...

Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men...

Revelation 13:11-17 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon...

are.

Isaiah 56:10,11 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber...

Ezekiel 22:25 There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the middle thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls...

Micah 3:5 Thus said the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace...

Zephaniah 3:3,4 Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow...

Acts 20:29-31 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock...

Revelation 17:6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her...

Library
November 22. "Cast the Beam Out of Thine Own Eye" (Matt. vii. 5).
"Cast the beam out of thine own eye" (Matt. vii. 5). Greater than the fault you condemn and criticise is the sin of criticism and condemnation. There is no place we need such grace as in dealing with an erring one. A lady once called on us on her way to give an erring sister a piece of her mind. We advised her to wait until she could love her a little more. Only He who loved sinners well enough to die for them can deal with the erring. We never see all the heart. He does, and He can convict without
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

The Two Paths
'Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14. Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.'--MATT. vii. 13-14. A frank statement of the hardships and difficulties involved in a course of conduct does not seem a very likely way to induce men to adopt it, but it often proves so. There is something in human nature which responds to the bracing
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Mote and the Beam
That friend of ours has got something in his eye! Though it is only something tiny--what Jesus called a mote--how painful it is and how helpless he is until it is removed! It is surely our part as a friend to do all we can to remove it, and how grateful he is to us when we have succeeded in doing so. We should be equally grateful to him, if he did the same service for us. In the light of that, it seems clear that the real point of the well-known passage in Matthew 7:3-5 about the beam and the mote
Roy Hession and Revel Hession—The Calvary Road

Doctrine of Non-Resistance to Evil by Force must Inevitably be Accepted by Men of the Present Day.
Christianity is Not a System of Rules, but a New Conception of Life, and therefore it was Not Obligatory and was Not Accepted in its True Significance by All, but only by a Few--Christianity is, Moreover, Prophetic of the Destruction of the Pagan Life, and therefore of Necessity of the Acceptance of the Christian Doctrines--Non-resistance of Evil by Force is One Aspect of the Christian Doctrine, which must Inevitably in Our Times be Accepted by Men--Two Methods of Deciding Every Quarrel--First Method
Leo Tolstoy—The Kingdom of God is within you

Cross References
1 Kings 13:18
The old prophet answered, "I too am a prophet, as you are. And an angel said to me by the word of the LORD: 'Bring him back with you to your house so that he may eat bread and drink water.'" (But he was lying to him.)

Jeremiah 23:16
This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD.

Ezekiel 22:27
Her officials within her are like wolves tearing their prey; they shed blood and kill people to make unjust gain.

Daniel 11:34
When they fall, they will receive a little help, and many who are not sincere will join them.

Matthew 7:14
But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Matthew 24:11
and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.

Matthew 24:24
For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

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