1 John 4:1
Good News Translation
My dear friends, do not believe all who claim to have the Spirit, but test them to find out if the spirit they have comes from God. For many false prophets have gone out everywhere.

Contemporary English Version
Dear friends, don't believe everyone who claims to have the Spirit of God. Test them all to find out if they really do come from God. Many false prophets have already gone out into the world,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Dearly beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits if they be of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Dearly beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits if they be of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

believe not.

Deuteronomy 13:1-5 If there rise in the midst of thee a prophet or one that saith he hath dreamed a dream, and he foretell a sign and a wonder, . . .

Proverbs 14:15 The innocent believeth every word: the discreet man considereth his steps. No good shall come to the deceitful son: but the wise servant shall prosper in his dealings, and his way shall be made straight.

Jeremiah 5:31 The prophets prophesied falsehood, and the priests clapped their hands: and my people loved such things: what then shall be done in the end thereof?

Jeremiah 29:8,9 For thus saith the Lord of hosts the God of Israel: Let not your prophets that are in the midst of you, and your diviners deceive you: and give no heed to your dreams which you dream: . . .

Matthew 7:15,16 Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. . . .

Matthew 24:4,5 And Jesus answering, said to them: Take heed that no man seduce you. . . .

Romans 16:18 For they that are such serve not Christ our Lord but their own belly: and by pleasing speeches and good words seduce the hearts of the innocent.

2 Peter 2:1 But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there shall be among you lying teachers who shall bring in sects of perdition and deny the Lord who bought them: bringing upon themselves swift destruction.

try.

Luke 12:57 And why, even of yourselves, do you not judge that which is just?

Acts 17:11 Now these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, who received the word with all eagerness, daily searching the scriptures, whether these things were so.

Romans 16:19 For your obedience is published in every place. I rejoice therefore in you. But I would have you to be wise in good and simple in evil.

1 Corinthians 14:29 And let the prophets speak, two or three: and let the rest judge.

1 Thessalonians 5:21 But prove all things: hold fast that which is good.

Revelation 2:2 I know thy works and thy labour and thy patience and how thou canst not bear them that are evil. And thou hast tried them who say they are apostles and are not: and hast found them liars:

many.

1 John 2:18 Little children, it is the last hour: and as you have heard that Antichrist cometh, even now there are become many Antichrists: whereby we know that it is the last hour.

Matthew 24:5,23-26 For many will come in my name saying, I am Christ. And they will seduce many. . . .

Mark 13:21 And then if any man shall say to you: Lo, here is Christ. Lo, he is here: do not believe.

Luke 21:8 Who said: Take heed you be not seduced: for many will come in my name, saying: I am he and the time is at hand. Go ye not therefore after them.

Acts 20:29 I know that after my departure ravening wolves will enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit manifestly saith that in the last times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to spirits of error and doctrines of devils,

2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall grow worse and worse: erring, and driving into error,

2 Peter 2:1 But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there shall be among you lying teachers who shall bring in sects of perdition and deny the Lord who bought them: bringing upon themselves swift destruction.

2 John 1:7 For many seducers are gone out into the world who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a seducer and an antichrist.

Context
Testing the Spirits
1Dearly beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits if they be of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2By this is the spirit of God known. Every spirit which confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:…
Cross References
1 Kings 13:18
He said to him: I also am a prophet like unto thee: and an angel spoke to me, in the word of the Lord, saying: Bring him back with thee into thy house, that he may eat bread, and drink water. He deceived him,

Jeremiah 14:14
And the Lord said to me: The prophets prophesy falsely in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, nor have I spoken to them: they prophesy unto you a lying vision, and divination and deceit, and the seduction of their own heart.

Jeremiah 23:16
Thus saith the Lord of hosts: Hearken not to the words of the prophets that prophesy to you, and deceive you: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the Lord.

Jeremiah 29:8
For thus saith the Lord of hosts the God of Israel: Let not your prophets that are in the midst of you, and your diviners deceive you: and give no heed to your dreams which you dream:

Matthew 7:15
Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

1 Corinthians 12:10
To another the working of miracles: to another, prophecy: to another, the discerning of spirits: to another, diverse kinds of tongues: to another, interpretation of speeches.

1 Thessalonians 5:20
Despise not prophecies.

1 Thessalonians 5:21
But prove all things: hold fast that which is good.

2 Thessalonians 2:2
That you be not easily moved from your sense nor be terrified, neither by spirit nor by word nor by epistle. as sent from us, as if the day of the Lord were at hand.

2 Peter 2:1
But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there shall be among you lying teachers who shall bring in sects of perdition and deny the Lord who bought them: bringing upon themselves swift destruction.

1 John 2:7
Dearly beloved, I write not a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you have heard.

1 John 2:18
Little children, it is the last hour: and as you have heard that Antichrist cometh, even now there are become many Antichrists: whereby we know that it is the last hour.

2 John 1:7
For many seducers are gone out into the world who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a seducer and an antichrist.

3 John 1:11
Dearly beloved, follow not that which is evil: but that which is good. He that doth good is of God: he that doth evil hath not seen God.

Revelation 2:2
I know thy works and thy labour and thy patience and how thou canst not bear them that are evil. And thou hast tried them who say they are apostles and are not: and hast found them liars:

Additional Translations
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God. For many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but prove the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but prove the spirits, if they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but prove the spirits, whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but put the spirits to the test to see whether they are from God; for many false teachers have gone out into the world.

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.

Beloved, every spirit believe not, but prove the spirits, if of God they are, because many false prophets have gone forth to the world;
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