Abraham Tested

22 Some time later God tested(A) Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”

“Here I am,”(B) he replied.

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18 The old prophet answered, “I too am a prophet, as you are. And an angel said to me by the word of the Lord:(A) ‘Bring him back with you to your house so that he may eat bread and drink water.’” (But he was lying(B) to him.)

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22 “‘By what means?’ the Lord asked.

“‘I will go out and be a deceiving(A) spirit in the mouths of all his prophets,’ he said.

“‘You will succeed in enticing him,’ said the Lord. ‘Go and do it.’

23 “So now the Lord has put a deceiving(B) spirit in the mouths of all these prophets(C) of yours. The Lord has decreed disaster(D) for you.”

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31 “Send this message to all the exiles: ‘This is what the Lord says about Shemaiah(A) the Nehelamite: Because Shemaiah has prophesied to you, even though I did not send(B) him, and has persuaded you to trust in lies,

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Azariah son of Hoshaiah(A) and Johanan(B) son of Kareah and all the arrogant(C) men said to Jeremiah, “You are lying!(D) The Lord our God has not sent you to say, ‘You must not go to Egypt to settle there.’(E)

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My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and utter lying(A) divinations. They will not belong to the council of my people or be listed in the records(B) of Israel, nor will they enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Sovereign Lord.(C)

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19 No doubt there have to be differences among you to show which of you have God’s approval.(A)

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