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Matthew 7

Matt. 7:15 KJV (With Strong’s)

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Beware
prosecho (Greek #4337)
(figuratively) to hold the mind (3563 implied) towards, i.e. pay attention to, be cautious about, apply oneself to, adhere to
KJV usage: (give) attend(-ance, -ance at, -ance to, unto), beware, be given to, give (take) heed (to unto); have regard.
Pronounce: pros-ekh'-o
Origin: from 4314 and 2192
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de (Greek #1161)
but, and, etc.
KJV usage: also, and, but, moreover, now (often unexpressed in English).
Pronounce: deh
Origin: a primary particle (adversative or continuative)
of
apo (Greek #575)
"off," i.e. away (from something near), in various senses (of place, time, or relation; literal or figurative)
KJV usage: (X here-)after, ago, at, because of, before, by (the space of), for(-th), from, in, (out) of, off, (up-)on(-ce), since, with. In composition (as a prefix) it usually denotes separation, departure, cessation, completion, reversal, etc.
Pronounce: apo'
Origin: a primary particle
false prophets
ho (Greek #3588)
the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom)
KJV usage: the, this, that, one, he, she, it, etc.
Pronounce: ho
Origin: ἡ (hay), and the neuter τό (to) in all their inflections
pseudoprophetes (Greek #5578)
a spurious prophet, i.e. pretended foreteller or religious impostor
KJV usage: false prophet.
Pronounce: psyoo-dop-rof-ay'-tace
Origin: from 5571 and 4396
m, which
hostis (Greek #3748)
which some, i.e. any that; also (definite) which same
KJV usage: X and (they), (such) as, (they) that, in that they, what(-soever), whereas ye, (they) which, who(-soever). Compare 3754.
Pronounce: hos'-tis
Origin: ἥτις (hay'-tis), and the neuter ὅτι (hot'-ee) from 3739 and 5100
come
erchomai (Greek #2064)
middle voice of a primary verb (used only in the present and imperfect tenses, the others being supplied by a kindred (middle voice) ἐλεύθομαι (el-yoo'-thom-ahee), or (active) ἔλθω (el'-tho), which do not otherwise occur) to come or go (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively)
KJV usage: accompany, appear, bring, come, enter, fall out, go, grow, X light, X next, pass, resort, be set.
Pronounce: er'-khom-ahee
to
pros (Greek #4314)
a preposition of direction; forward to, i.e. toward (with the genitive case, the side of, i.e. pertaining to; with the dative case, by the side of, i.e. near to; usually with the accusative case, the place, time, occasion, or respect, which is the destination of the relation, i.e. whither or for which it is predicated)
KJV usage: about, according to , against, among, at, because of, before, between, (where-)by, for, X at thy house, in, for intent, nigh unto, of, which pertain to, that, to (the end that), X together, to (you) -ward, unto, with(-in). In the comparative case, it denotes essentially the same applications, namely, motion towards, accession to, or nearness at.
Pronounce: pros
Origin: a strengthened form of 4253
you
humas (Greek #5209)
you (as the objective of a verb or preposition)
KJV usage: ye, you (+ -ward), your (+ own).
Pronounce: hoo-mas'
Origin: accusative case of 5210
in
en (Greek #1722)
"in," at, (up-)on, by, etc.
KJV usage: about, after, against, + almost, X altogether, among, X as, at, before, between, (here-)by (+ all means), for (... sake of), + give self wholly to, (here-)in(-to, -wardly), X mightily, (because) of, (up-)on, (open-)ly, X outwardly, one, X quickly, X shortly, (speedi-)ly, X that, X there(-in, -on), through(-out), (un-)to(-ward), under, when, where(-with), while, with(-in). Often used in compounds, with substantially the same import; rarely with verbs of motion, and then not to indicate direction, except (elliptically) by a separate (and different) preposition.
Pronounce: en
Origin: a primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), i.e. a relation of rest (intermediate between 1519 and 1537)
sheep’s
probaton (Greek #4263)
something that walks forward (a quadruped), i.e. (specially), a sheep (literally or figuratively)
KJV usage: sheep(-fold).
Pronounce: prob'-at-on
Origin: probably neuter of a presumed derivative of 4260
clothing
enduma (Greek #1742)
apparel (especially the outer robe)
KJV usage: clothing, garment, raiment.
Pronounce: en'-doo-mah
Origin: from 1746
, but
de (Greek #1161)
but, and, etc.
KJV usage: also, and, but, moreover, now (often unexpressed in English).
Pronounce: deh
Origin: a primary particle (adversative or continuative)
inwardly
esothen (Greek #2081)
from inside; also used as equivalent to 2080 (inside)
KJV usage: inward(-ly), (from) within, without.
Pronounce: es'-o-then
Origin: from 2080
they are
eisi (Greek #1526)
they are
KJV usage: agree, are, be, dure, X is, were.
Pronounce: i-see'
Origin: 3d person plural present indicative of 1510
ravening
harpax (Greek #727)
rapacious
KJV usage: extortion, ravening.
Pronounce: har'-pax
Origin: from 726
n wolves
lukos (Greek #3074)
a wolf
KJV usage: wolf.
Pronounce: loo'-kos
Origin: perhaps akin to the base of 3022 (from the whitish hair)
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Deut. 13:1‑3• 1If there arise among you a prophet, or one that dreameth dreams, and he give thee a sign or a wonder,
2and the sign or the wonder come to pass that he told unto thee, when he said, Let us go after other gods, whom thou hast not known, and let us serve them,
3--thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams; for Jehovah your God proveth you, to know whether ye love Jehovah your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
(Deut. 13:1‑3)
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Jer. 23:13‑16• 13And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria: they prophesied by Baal, and caused my people Israel to err.
14And in the prophets of Jerusalem have I seen a horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in falsehood, and strengthen the hands of evildoers, so that none doth return from his wickedness. They are all become unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.
15Therefore thus saith Jehovah of hosts concerning the prophets: Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make them drink water of gall; for from the prophets of Jerusalem is profaneness gone forth into all the land.
16Thus saith Jehovah of hosts: Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they lead you to vanity; they speak a vision of their own heart, not out of the mouth of Jehovah.
(Jer. 23:13‑16)
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1 John 4:1• 1Beloved, believe not every spirit, but prove the spirits, if they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1)

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Matt. 24:4‑5,11,24‑25• 4And Jesus answering said to them, See that no one mislead you.
5For many shall come in my name, saying, *I* am the Christ, and they shall mislead many.
11and many false prophets shall arise and shall mislead many;
24For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall give great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.
25Behold, I have told you beforehand.
(Matt. 24:4‑5,11,24‑25)
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Deut. 13:1‑3• 1If there arise among you a prophet, or one that dreameth dreams, and he give thee a sign or a wonder,
2and the sign or the wonder come to pass that he told unto thee, when he said, Let us go after other gods, whom thou hast not known, and let us serve them,
3--thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams; for Jehovah your God proveth you, to know whether ye love Jehovah your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
(Deut. 13:1‑3)
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Isa. 9:15‑16• 15the ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.
16For the guides of this people mislead them; and they that are guided by them are swallowed up.
(Isa. 9:15‑16)
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Jer. 14:14‑16• 14And Jehovah said unto me, The prophets prophesy falsehood in my name; I have not sent them, neither have I commanded them, nor spoken unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision, and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.
15Therefore thus saith Jehovah concerning the prophets that prophesy in my name, and I sent them not, and who say, Sword and famine shall not be in this land: By sword and by famine shall those prophets be consumed;
16and the people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem, because of the famine and the sword; and there shall be none to bury them, them, their wives, and their sons, and their daughters; and I will pour their wickedness upon them.
(Jer. 14:14‑16)
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Jer. 23:13‑16• 13And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria: they prophesied by Baal, and caused my people Israel to err.
14And in the prophets of Jerusalem have I seen a horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in falsehood, and strengthen the hands of evildoers, so that none doth return from his wickedness. They are all become unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.
15Therefore thus saith Jehovah of hosts concerning the prophets: Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make them drink water of gall; for from the prophets of Jerusalem is profaneness gone forth into all the land.
16Thus saith Jehovah of hosts: Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they lead you to vanity; they speak a vision of their own heart, not out of the mouth of Jehovah.
(Jer. 23:13‑16)
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Jer. 28:15‑17• 15And the prophet Jeremiah said unto the prophet Hananiah, Hear now, Hananiah: Jehovah hath not sent thee; and thou makest this people to trust in falsehood.
16Therefore thus saith Jehovah: Behold, I will cast thee from off the face of the earth: this year thou shalt die, for thou hast spoken revolt against Jehovah.
17And the prophet Hananiah died in the same year in the seventh month.
(Jer. 28:15‑17)
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Jer. 29:21,32• 21Thus saith Jehovah of hosts, the God of Israel, concerning Ahab the son of Kolaiah, and concerning Zedekiah the son of Maaseiah, who prophesy falsehood unto you in my name: Behold, I will give them into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and he shall smite them before your eyes.
32therefore thus saith Jehovah: Behold, I will punish Shemaiah the Nehelamite, and his seed: he shall not have a man to dwell among this people; neither shall he see the good that I will do for my people, saith Jehovah; because he hath spoken revolt against Jehovah.
(Jer. 29:21,32)
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Ezek. 13:16,22• 16the prophets of Israel who prophesy concerning Jerusalem, and who see a vision of peace for her, and there is no peace, saith the Lord Jehovah.
22Because with falsehood ye have grieved the heart of the righteous, whom I have not made sad; and have strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, to save his life:
(Ezek. 13:16,22)
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Mic. 3:5‑7,11• 5Thus saith Jehovah concerning the prophets that cause my people to err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace! but whoso putteth not into their mouths they prepare war against him:
6therefore ye shall have night without a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, without divination; and the sun shall go down upon the prophets, and the day shall be black over them.
7And the seers shall be ashamed, and the diviners confounded; and they shall all cover their lips, for there will be no answer of God.
11The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money; yet do they lean upon Jehovah, and say, Is not Jehovah in the midst of us? no evil shall come upon us.
(Mic. 3:5‑7,11)
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Mark 13:22‑23• 22For false Christs and false prophets will arise, and give signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
23But do *ye* take heed: behold, I have told you all things beforehand.
(Mark 13:22‑23)
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2 Peter 2:1‑3• 1But there were false prophets also among the people, as there shall be also among you false teachers, who shall bring in by the bye destructive heresies, and deny the master that bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction;
2and many shall follow their dissolute ways, through whom the way of the truth shall be blasphemed.
3And through covetousness, with well-turned words, will they make merchandise of you: for whom judgment of old is not idle, and their destruction slumbers not.
(2 Peter 2:1‑3)
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1 John 4:1• 1Beloved, believe not every spirit, but prove the spirits, if they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1)
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Rev. 19:20• 20And the beast was taken, and the false prophet that was with him, who wrought the signs before him by which he deceived them that received the mark of the beast, and those that worship his image. Alive were both cast into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone; (Rev. 19:20)
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Zech. 13:4• 4And it shall come to pass in that day, that the prophets shall be ashamed every one of his vision, when he prophesieth; neither shall they wear a hairy mantle to deceive. (Zech. 13:4)
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Mark 12:38‑40• 38And he said to them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, who like to walk about in long robes, and salutations in the marketplaces,
39and first seats in the synagogues, and first places at suppers;
40who devour the houses of widows, and as a pretext make long prayers. These shall receive a severer judgment.
(Mark 12:38‑40)
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Rom. 16:17‑18• 17But I beseech you, brethren, to consider those who create divisions and occasions of falling, contrary to the doctrine which *ye* have learnt, and turn away from them.
18For such serve not our Lord Christ, but their own belly, and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.
(Rom. 16:17‑18)
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2 Cor. 11:13‑15• 13For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ.
14And it is not wonderful, for Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.
15It is no great thing therefore if his ministers also transform themselves as ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
(2 Cor. 11:13‑15)
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Gal. 2:4• 4and it was on account of the false brethren brought in surreptitiously, who came in surreptitiously to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage; (Gal. 2:4)
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Eph. 4:14• 14in order that we may be no longer babes, tossed and carried about by every wind of *that* teaching which is in the sleight of men, in unprincipled cunning with a view to systematized error; (Eph. 4:14)
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Eph. 5:6• 6Let no one deceive you with vain words, for on account of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. (Eph. 5:6)
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Col. 2:8• 8See that there be no one who shall lead *you* away as a prey through philosophy and vain deceit, according to the teaching of men, according to the elements of the world, and not according to Christ. (Col. 2:8)
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1 Tim. 4:1‑3• 1But the Spirit speaks expressly, that in latter times some shall apostatise from the faith, giving their mind to deceiving spirits and teachings of demons
2speaking lies in hypocrisy, cauterised as to their own conscience,
3forbidding to marry, bidding to abstain from meats, which God has created for receiving with thanksgiving for them who are faithful and know the truth.
(1 Tim. 4:1‑3)
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2 Tim. 3:5‑9,13• 5having a form of piety but denying the power of it: and from these turn away.
6For of these are they who are getting into houses, and leading captive silly women, laden with sins, led by various lusts,
7always learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
8Now in the same manner in which Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, thus these also withstand the truth; men corrupted in mind, found worthless as regards the faith.
9But they shall not advance farther; for their folly shall be completely manifest to all, as that of those also became.
13But wicked men and juggling impostors shall advance in evil, leading and being led astray.
(2 Tim. 3:5‑9,13)
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2 Tim. 4:3• 3For the time shall be when they will not bear sound teaching; but according to their own lusts will heap up to themselves teachers, having an itching ear; (2 Tim. 4:3)
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2 Peter 2:1‑3,18‑19• 1But there were false prophets also among the people, as there shall be also among you false teachers, who shall bring in by the bye destructive heresies, and deny the master that bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction;
2and many shall follow their dissolute ways, through whom the way of the truth shall be blasphemed.
3And through covetousness, with well-turned words, will they make merchandise of you: for whom judgment of old is not idle, and their destruction slumbers not.
18For while speaking great highflown words of vanity, they allure with the lusts of the flesh, by dissoluteness, those who have just fled those who walk in error,
19promising them liberty, while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a man is subdued, by him is he also brought into slavery.
(2 Peter 2:1‑3,18‑19)
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Jude 4• 4For certain men have got in unnoticed, they who of old were marked out beforehand to this sentence, ungodly persons, turning the grace of our God into dissoluteness, and denying our only Master and Lord Jesus Christ. (Jude 4)
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Rev. 13:11‑17• 11And I saw another beast rising out of the earth; and it had two horns like to a lamb, and spake as a dragon;
12and it exercises all the authority of the first beast before it, and causes the earth and those that dwell in it to do homage to the first beast, whose wound of death was healed.
13And it works great signs, that it should cause even fire to come down from heaven to the earth before men.
14And it deceives those that dwell upon the earth by reason of the signs which it was given to it to work before the beast, saying to those that dwell upon the earth to make an image to the beast, which has the wound of the sword, and lived.
15And it was given to it to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should also speak, and should cause that as many as should not do homage to the image of the beast should be killed.
16And it causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free and the bondmen, that they should give them a mark upon their right hand or upon their forehead;
17and that no one should be able to buy or sell save he that had the mark, the name of the beast, or the number of its name.
(Rev. 13:11‑17)
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Isa. 56:10‑11• 10His watchmen are all of them blind, they are without knowledge; they are all dumb dogs that cannot bark, dreaming, lying down, loving to slumber:
11and the dogs are greedy, they know not to be satisfied, and these are shepherds that know not how to discern: they all turn to their own way, every one for his gain, even to the last of them:
(Isa. 56:10‑11)
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Ezek. 22:25• 25There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst of her like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they devour souls; they take away treasure and precious things; they increase her widows in the midst of her; (Ezek. 22:25)
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Mic. 3:5• 5Thus saith Jehovah concerning the prophets that cause my people to err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace! but whoso putteth not into their mouths they prepare war against him: (Mic. 3:5)
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Zeph. 3:3‑4• 3Her princes in the midst of her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves, that leave nothing for the morning.
4Her prophets are vain-glorious, treacherous persons; her priests profane the sanctuary, they do violence to the law.
(Zeph. 3:3‑4)
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Acts 20:29‑31• 29For *I* know this, that there will come in amongst you after my departure grievous wolves, not sparing the flock;
30and from among your own selves shall rise up men speaking perverted things to draw away the disciples after them.
31Wherefore watch, remembering that for three years, night and day, I ceased not admonishing each one of you with tears.
(Acts 20:29‑31)
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Rev. 17:6• 6And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus. And I wondered, seeing her, with great wonder. (Rev. 17:6)
 The sole standard for the believer is the written word of God; and this is the special security in these last days. When Paul was leaving the Ephesian saints, it was "to God and to the word of His grace" that he commended them. Grievous wolves might enter in among them, not sparing the flock; and of their own selves men might arise, speaking perverse things; but the sole safeguard, as a rule of faith and conduct for the saints, is God's holy writ. (Remarks on Matthew 7 by W. Kelly)

J. N. Darby Translation

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

W. Kelly Translation

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But beware of false prophets, which come unto you in sheep’s clothing but within are ravening wolves.