100 Bible Verses about Deceiving

1 John 4:1 ESV / 247 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 3:13 ESV / 231 helpful votes

While evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.

Proverbs 6:16-19 ESV / 229 helpful votes

There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.

1 Timothy 4:1 ESV / 153 helpful votes

Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons,

John 8:44 ESV / 147 helpful votes

You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

Ephesians 6:11 ESV / 132 helpful votes

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

James 1:22 ESV / 128 helpful votes

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

Revelation 12:9 ESV / 127 helpful votes

And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 ESV / 110 helpful votes

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Titus 1:15-16 ESV / 108 helpful votes

To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled. They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.

2 Corinthians 11:13-14 ESV / 95 helpful votes

For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

1 John 1:8 ESV / 94 helpful votes

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

Colossians 2:8 ESV / 89 helpful votes

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.

Leviticus 19:11 ESV / 84 helpful votes

“You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another.

1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV / 82 helpful votes

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Revelation 21:8 ESV / 77 helpful votes

But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

2 Corinthians 4:4 ESV / 76 helpful votes

In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

Jeremiah 17:9 ESV / 76 helpful votes

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?

Romans 16:18 ESV / 71 helpful votes

For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.

Matthew 24:24 ESV / 69 helpful votes

For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.

2 Thessalonians 2:3 ESV / 66 helpful votes

Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,

1 Corinthians 6:10 ESV / 60 helpful votes

Nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 59 helpful votes

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,

Zechariah 8:17 ESV / 59 helpful votes

Do not devise evil in your hearts against one another, and love no false oath, for all these things I hate, declares the Lord.”

Ecclesiastes 7:20 ESV / 57 helpful votes

Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.

Genesis 3:13 ESV / 57 helpful votes

Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

Ephesians 5:6 ESV / 54 helpful votes

Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

2 Corinthians 11:3 ESV / 53 helpful votes

But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

Galatians 6:7 ESV / 52 helpful votes

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 ESV / 51 helpful votes

For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.

Romans 8:7 ESV / 50 helpful votes

For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot.

1 Corinthians 3:18 ESV / 48 helpful votes

Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.

John 14:6 ESV / 46 helpful votes

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Genesis 3:4 ESV / 46 helpful votes

But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.

1 Timothy 2:14 ESV / 45 helpful votes

And Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor.

John 17:17 ESV / 45 helpful votes

Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.

Matthew 7:21-23 ESV / 45 helpful votes

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

1 John 2:27 ESV / 44 helpful votes

But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.

James 1:26 ESV / 43 helpful votes

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless.

Psalm 101:7 ESV / 43 helpful votes

No one who practices deceit shall dwell in my house; no one who utters lies shall continue before my eyes.

Deuteronomy 11:16 ESV / 43 helpful votes

Take care lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them;

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 ESV / 42 helpful votes

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

Obadiah 1:3 ESV / 42 helpful votes

The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rock, in your lofty dwelling, who say in your heart, “Who will bring me down to the ground?”

Proverbs 12:22 ESV / 42 helpful votes

Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.

Proverbs 24:28 ESV / 40 helpful votes

Be not a witness against your neighbor without cause, and do not deceive with your lips.

2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 ESV / 38 helpful votes

The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Genesis 3:1 ESV / 38 helpful votes

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”

Galatians 6:3 ESV / 37 helpful votes

For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.

John 3:16 ESV / 37 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Psalm 52:2 ESV / 37 helpful votes

Your tongue plots destruction, like a sharp razor, you worker of deceit.

Colossians 3:9 ESV / 36 helpful votes

Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices

Ephesians 2:1-3 ESV / 36 helpful votes

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.

Galatians 6:7-8 ESV / 36 helpful votes

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

Matthew 24:11 ESV / 36 helpful votes

And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray.

Proverbs 14:8 ESV / 36 helpful votes

The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way, but the folly of fools is deceiving.

Ephesians 4:31-32 ESV / 35 helpful votes

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Romans 12:2 ESV / 35 helpful votes

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Luke 6:31 ESV / 35 helpful votes

And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

Luke 1:37 ESV / 35 helpful votes

For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Proverbs 11:3 ESV / 35 helpful votes

The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.

Proverbs 10:9 ESV / 35 helpful votes

Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.

Galatians 5:16-26 ESV / 33 helpful votes

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, ...

Proverbs 20:17 ESV / 33 helpful votes

Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth will be full of gravel.

1 Peter 2:1 ESV / 31 helpful votes

So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.

Mark 7:20-22 ESV / 31 helpful votes

And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness.

1 Peter 2:22 ESV / 30 helpful votes

He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth.

1 Corinthians 15:33 ESV / 30 helpful votes

Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”

Psalm 120:2 ESV / 30 helpful votes

Deliver me, O Lord, from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue.

Matthew 24:1-51 ESV / 29 helpful votes

Jesus left the temple and was going away, when his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. But he answered them, “You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the close of the age?” And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. ...

Revelation 13:8 ESV / 28 helpful votes

And all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain.

Jude 1:6 ESV / 28 helpful votes

And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day—

2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV / 28 helpful votes

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

1 Peter 2:9 ESV / 26 helpful votes

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

2 Thessalonians 2:10-11 ESV / 26 helpful votes

And with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false,

2 Corinthians 11:3-4 ESV / 26 helpful votes

But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough.

Revelation 19:20 ESV / 25 helpful votes

And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had done the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur.

Revelation 12:12 ESV / 24 helpful votes

Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!”

Revelation 12:4 ESV / 24 helpful votes

His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it.

2 Thessalonians 2:10 ESV / 24 helpful votes

And with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 24 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

John 3:3 ESV / 24 helpful votes

Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Mark 7:21-23 ESV / 24 helpful votes

For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

Jeremiah 9:6 ESV / 24 helpful votes

Heaping oppression upon oppression, and deceit upon deceit, they refuse to know me, declares the Lord.

Revelation 2:2 ESV / 23 helpful votes

“‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false.

Jude 1:3 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.

1 John 5:18-19 ESV / 23 helpful votes

We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him. We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.

1 Peter 5:8-9 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.

Matthew 10:28 ESV / 23 helpful votes

And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

1 John 1:7 ESV / 22 helpful votes

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

2 Timothy 2:15 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

Ephesians 6:11-12 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

Jeremiah 29:8 ESV / 22 helpful votes

For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are among you deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams that they dream,

Proverbs 20:1 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.

Psalm 37:28 ESV / 22 helpful votes

For the Lord loves justice; he will not forsake his saints. They are preserved forever, but the children of the wicked shall be cut off.

Psalm 12:2 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Everyone utters lies to his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.

Deuteronomy 13:1-5 ESV / 21 helpful votes

“If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or wonder that he tells you comes to pass, and if he says, ‘Let us go after other gods,’ which you have not known, ‘and let us serve them,’ you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams. For the Lord your God is testing you, to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear him and keep his commandments and obey his voice, and you shall serve him and hold fast to him. But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has taught rebellion against the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you out of the house of slavery, to make you leave the way in which the Lord your God commanded you to walk. So you shall purge the evil from your midst.

Exodus 20:16 ESV / 21 helpful votes

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Acts 2:38 ESV / 20 helpful votes

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 2:10 ESV / 19 helpful votes

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 6:17 ESV / 18 helpful votes

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,

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