To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, there will be no dawn for them.
The people here were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, since they welcomed the message with eagerness and examined the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
Then we will no longer be little children, tossed by the waves and blown around by every wind of teaching, by human cunning with cleverness in the techniques of deceit.
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.
Remember that the LORD your God led you on the entire journey these 40 years in the wilderness, so that He might humble you and test you to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep His commands.
For You, God, tested us; You refined us as silver is refined.
You called out in distress, and I rescued you; I answered you from the thundercloud. I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah
False messiahs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.
There must, indeed, be factions among you, so that the approved among you may be recognized.
For this reason God sends them a strong delusion so that they will believe what is false,
They went out from us, but they did not belong to us; for if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. However, they went out so that it might be made clear that none of them belongs to us.
You are from God, little children, and you have conquered them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
He deceives those who live on the earth because of the signs that he is permitted to perform on behalf of the beast, telling those who live on the earth to make an image of the beast who had the sword wound yet lived.
ye love the Lord your God
Love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
I am not saying this as a command. Rather, by means of the diligence of others, I am testing the genuineness of your love.