The False Prophet

13 “If a prophet or someone who has dreams(A) arises among you and proclaims a sign or wonder to you, and that sign or wonder he has promised you comes about, but he says, ‘Let us follow other gods,’ which you have not known, ‘and let us worship them,’ do not listen to that prophet’s words or to that dreamer. For the Lord your God is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul.(B)

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Worshiping Other Gods

13 [a]If a prophet,(A) or one who foretells by dreams,(B) appears among you and announces to you a sign or wonder, and if the sign(C) or wonder spoken of takes place, and the prophet says, “Let us follow other gods”(D) (gods you have not known) “and let us worship them,” you must not listen to the words of that prophet(E) or dreamer.(F) The Lord your God is testing(G) you to find out whether you love(H) him with all your heart and with all your soul.

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Footnotes

  1. Deuteronomy 13:1 In Hebrew texts 13:1-18 is numbered 13:2-19.

11 Many false prophets(A) will rise up and deceive many.

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11 and many false prophets(A) will appear and deceive many people.(B)

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The Response of Simon

A man named Simon had previously practiced sorcery in that city and amazed the Samaritan people, while claiming to be somebody great.(A)

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Simon the Sorcerer

Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery(A) in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great,(B)

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The coming of the lawless one is based on Satan’s working, with all kinds of false miracles, signs, and wonders,(A) 10 and with every wicked deception among those who are perishing. They perish because they did not accept the love of the truth and so be saved.(B) 11 For this reason God sends them a strong delusion so that they will believe the lie,

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The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan(A) works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders(B) that serve the lie, 10 and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing.(C) They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.(D) 11 For this reason God sends them(E) a powerful delusion(F) so that they will believe the lie(G)

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13 It also performs great signs,(A) even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in front of people.(B) 14 It deceives those who live on the earth(C) because of the signs that it is permitted to perform in the presence of the beast,(D) telling those who live on the earth to make an image[a] of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived.

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Footnotes

  1. 13:14 Or a statue, or a likeness

13 And it performed great signs,(A) even causing fire to come down from heaven(B) to the earth in full view of the people. 14 Because of the signs(C) it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived(D) the inhabitants of the earth.(E) It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived.(F)

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14 For they are demonic spirits performing signs,(A) who travel to the kings of the whole world to assemble them(B) for the battle on the great day of God, the Almighty.(C)

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14 They are demonic spirits(A) that perform signs,(B) and they go out to the kings of the whole world,(C) to gather them for the battle(D) on the great day(E) of God Almighty.

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20 But the beast was taken prisoner, and along with it the false prophet, who had performed the signs in its presence. He deceived those who accepted the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image with these signs.(A) Both of them were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur.(B)

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20 But the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet(A) who had performed the signs(B) on its behalf.(C) With these signs he had deluded(D) those who had received the mark of the beast(E) and worshiped its image.(F) The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake(G) of burning sulfur.(H)

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