1 John 4:1
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New International Version
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.


New American Standard Bible
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.


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


Holman Christian Standard Bible
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to determine if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.


International Standard Version
Dear friends, stop believing every spirit. Instead, test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.


American Standard Version
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but prove the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets are 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.


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


Young's Literal Translation
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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Testing the Spirits

1Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2Hereby know you the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3And every spirit that confesses not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof you have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. 4You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 5They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world hears them. 6We are of God: he that knows God hears us; he that is not of God hears not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
Cross References
1 Kings 13:18
He said to him, I am a prophet also as you are; and an angel spoke to me by the word of the LORD, saying, Bring him back with you into your house, that he may eat bread and drink water. But he lied to him.


Jeremiah 14:14
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: they prophesy to you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nothing, and the deceit of their heart.


Jeremiah 23:16
Thus said the LORD of hosts, Listen not to the words of the prophets that prophesy to you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD.


Jeremiah 29:8
For thus said the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your prophets and your diviners, that be in the middle of you, deceive you, neither listen to your dreams which you cause to be dreamed.


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


1 Corinthians 12:10
To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:


1 Thessalonians 5:20
Despise not prophesyings.


1 Thessalonians 5:21
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.


2 Thessalonians 2:2
That you be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.


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


Treasury of Scripture

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

believe not.

Deuteronomy 13:1-5 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and gives you a sign or a wonder...

Proverbs 14:15 The simple believes every word: but the prudent man looks well to his going.

Jeremiah 5:31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so...

Jeremiah 29:8,9 For thus said the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your prophets and your diviners, that be in the middle of you, deceive you...

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

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

Romans 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly...

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

try.

Luke 12:57 Yes, and why even of yourselves judge you not what is right?

Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind...

Romans 16:19 For your obedience is come abroad to all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise to that which is good...

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

1 Thessalonians 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

Revelation 2:2 I know your works, and your labor, and your patience, and how you can not bear them which are evil...

many.

1 John 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as you have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists...

Matthew 24:5,23-26 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many...

Mark 13:21 And then if any man shall say to you, See, here is Christ; or, see, he is there; believe him not:

Luke 21:8 And he said, Take heed that you be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draws near...

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

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

2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

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

2 John 1:7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh...

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