New American Standard Bible
"Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous 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.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
False prophets - The word prophet originally means one who foretells future events. As prophets, however, were commonly regarded as public instructors on the subject of religion, the word came to denote all who were religious teachers. See the notes at Romans 12:6. In this sense it is probably used here. A false prophet is a teacher of incorrect doctrine, or one falsely and unjustly laying claims to divine inspiration. It probably had reference to the false teachers then among the Jews.
Who come in sheep's clothing - The sheep is an emblem of innocence, sincerity, and harmlessness. To come in sheep's clothing is to assume the appearance of sanctity and innocence, when the heart is evil.
Ravening wolves - Rapacious; voraciously devouring; hungry even to rage. Applied to the false teachers, it means that they assumed the appearance of holiness in order that they might the more readily get the property of the people. They were full of extortion and excess. See Matthew 23:25.
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1 Kings 13:18
He said to him, "I also am a prophet like you, and an angel spoke to me by the word of the LORD, saying, 'Bring him back with you to your house, that he may eat bread and drink water.'" But he lied to him.
Thus says the LORD of hosts, "Do not listen to the words of the prophets who are prophesying to you. They are leading you into futility; They speak a vision of their own imagination, Not from the mouth of the LORD.
"Her princes within her are like wolves tearing the prey, by shedding blood and destroying lives in order to get dishonest gain.
"Now when they fall they will be granted a little help, and many will join with them in hypocrisy.
"For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.
"Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many.
"For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.
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