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

New Living Translation
For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones.

English Standard Version
For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.

Berean Study Bible
For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders that would deceive even the elect, if that were possible.

Berean Literal Bible
For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will give great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.

King James Bible
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

New King James Version
For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

New American Standard Bible
For false christs and false prophets will arise and will provide great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.

NASB 1995
“For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.

NASB 1977
“For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.

Amplified Bible
For false Christs and false prophets will appear and they will provide great signs and wonders, so as to deceive, if possible, even the elect (God’s chosen ones).

Christian Standard Bible
For false messiahs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
False messiahs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.

American Standard Version
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For false Messiahs will arise and Prophets of lies, and they will give great signs so as to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

Contemporary English Version
False messiahs and false prophets will come and work great miracles and signs. They will even try to fool God's chosen ones.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch as to deceive (if possible) even the elect.

English Revised Version
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.

Good News Translation
For false Messiahs and false prophets will appear; they will perform great miracles and wonders in order to deceive even God's chosen people, if possible.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
False messiahs and false prophets will appear. They will work spectacular, miraculous signs and do wonderful things to deceive, if possible, even those whom God has chosen.

International Standard Version
because false messiahs and false prophets will appear and display great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

Literal Standard Version
for there will arise false Christs, and false prophets, and they will give great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, also the chosen.

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

New Heart English Bible
For there will arise false Christs, and false prophets, and they will show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the chosen ones.

Weymouth New Testament
For there will rise up false Christs and false prophets, displaying wonderful signs and prodigies, so as to deceive, were it possible, even God's own People.

World English Bible
For there will arise false christs, and false prophets, and they will show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the chosen ones.

Young's Literal Translation
for there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and they shall give great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, also the chosen.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Abomination of Desolation
23At that time, if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There He is!’ do not believe it. 24For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders that would deceive even the elect, if that were possible. 25See, I have told you in advance.…

Cross References
Deuteronomy 13:1
If a prophet or dreamer of dreams arises among you and proclaims a sign or wonder to you,

Isaiah 9:15
The head is the elder and honorable man, and the tail is the prophet who teaches lies.

Matthew 7:15
Beware of false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.

Matthew 22:14
For many are called, but few are chosen."

Matthew 24:5
For many will come in My name, claiming, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many.

Matthew 24:11
and many false prophets will arise and mislead many.

Matthew 24:22
If those days had not been cut short, nobody would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, those days will be cut short.


Treasury of Scripture

For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; so that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

there.

Matthew 24:5,11
For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many…

2 Peter 2:1-3
But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction…

2 Peter 3:17
Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.

and shall.

Deuteronomy 13:1
If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,

2 Thessalonians 2:9-11
Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, …

Revelation 13:13,14
And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, …

insomuch.

John 6:37,39
All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out…

John 10:28-30
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand…

Romans 8:28-39
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose…

if.

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

Acts 20:16
For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, because he would not spend the time in Asia: for he hasted, if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost.

Romans 12:18
If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.









(24) Shall shew great signs and wonders.--Simon Magus (Acts 8:9-11) and Elymas (Acts 13:6) may be taken as representative instances of these false claimants to supernatural powers. So "signs and lying wonders" are the notes of the coming of the Wicked One, in whom the mystery of iniquity shall receive its full development (2Thessalonians 2:9). But for the warning thus given, even the "elect"--i.e., the Christians of Judaea and Jerusalem--might have been carried away by the current of popular delusions.

Verse 24. - False Christs. He shows the nature of the dangers to which believers will be subject. He does not confine his view to Jewish history; he foretells the appearance of pretenders who shall assume the part of Christ, and blasphemously assert that they are Messiah. False prophets. Without assuming the name of Christ, many impostors shall be found who, professing to be inspired or lawful teachers, shall lead hearers into false doctrine, or claim to possess a new revelation, or something additional and supplemental to the eternal gospel. Such was Mohammed; such were the founders of Buddhism, Mormonism, and other so called religions, who based their views on special revelation given from heaven for the purpose of improving the existing faith or introducing a new one. Shall show (δώσουσι, shall give, as Acts 2:19) great signs and wonders. Two usual terms for miracles, the former regarding rather the evidence afforded by them, the latter the element of the marvellous inherent in them (comp John 4:48; Acts 2:22; Acts 7:36 etc.). That such men did work actual miracles, or what were regarded as such, cannot be reasonably doubted. Satan was on their side, and, as far as he was permitted, confirmed their teaching by supernatural assistance. St. Paul testifies that such should be the action of the antichrist, "whose coming is after the working of Satan, with all power and signs and lying wonders" (2 Thessalonians 2:9; comp. Revelation 13:13, 14). Many of these wonders may have been effectuated by natural forces unknown to the majority of men, and therefore considered as superhuman; others may have been derived from the spiritual world, but necessarily from that realm thereof which is under the control of evil demons. Whatever may have been their source, they were displayed in support of lies and errors, and had a certain success. Insomuch that if it were possible, they shall deceive (ὤστε πλανῆσαι εἰ δυνατὸν) the very (καὶ, even) elect. The Authorized Version seems to make our Lord imply that such seduction was absolutely impossible. The translation ought to run, as in the Revised Version, so as to lead astray, if possible even the elect, signifying the difficulty, not the impossibility, of drawing them away from the truth. "The elect" are Christians, true followers of Jesus, and members of his Church. These may fall from the faith, for they are not yet finally safe, and on that chance Satan builds; but as long as they rest on Christ, looking to him for guidance and protection, trying the spirits by the Word of God and by the truths which they have learned in creed and worship, they stand firm against the strongest temptations.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
For
γὰρ (gar)
Conjunction
Strong's 1063: For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

false Christs
ψευδόχριστοι (pseudochristoi)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 5580: A false Christ, pretended Messiah. From pseudes and Christos; a spurious Messiah.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

false prophets
ψευδοπροφῆται (pseudoprophētai)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 5578: From pseudes and prophetes; a spurious prophet, i.e. Pretended foreteller or religious impostor.

will appear
ἐγερθήσονται (egerthēsontai)
Verb - Future Indicative Passive - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 1453: (a) I wake, arouse, (b) I raise up. Probably akin to the base of agora; to waken, i.e. Rouse.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

perform
δώσουσιν (dōsousin)
Verb - Future Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 1325: To offer, give; I put, place. A prolonged form of a primary verb; to give.

great
μεγάλα (megala)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's 3173: Large, great, in the widest sense.

signs
σημεῖα (sēmeia)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's 4592: Neuter of a presumed derivative of the base of semaino; an indication, especially ceremonially or supernaturally.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

wonders
τέρατα (terata)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's 5059: A wonder, portent, marvel. Of uncertain affinity; a prodigy or omen.

that
ὥστε (hōste)
Conjunction
Strong's 5620: So that, therefore, so then, so as to. From hos and te; so too, i.e. Thus therefore.

would deceive
πλανῆσαι (planēsai)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's 4105: To lead astray, deceive, cause to wander. From plane; to roam.

even
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

the
τοὺς (tous)
Article - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

elect,
ἐκλεκτούς (eklektous)
Adjective - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's 1588: From eklegomai; select; by implication, favorite.

if
εἰ (ei)
Conjunction
Strong's 1487: If. A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.

that were possible.
δυνατὸν (dynaton)
Adjective - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's 1415: (a) of persons: powerful, able, (b) of things: possible. From dunamai; powerful or capable; neuter possible.


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