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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature
As Moses had foretold, a host of false prophets arose in later times among the Hebrews, who promised prosperity without repentance, and predicted after "the deceit of their own hearts" (Deuteronomy 13:1-5; Jeremiah 14:14-16; Jeremiah 23:9-27). According to Deuteronomy 18:20-22, a false prophet was punished capitally, being stoned to death. There were two cases in which a person was held convicted of the crime, and consequently liable to its punishment:
1. If a prophet spoke in the name of Jehovah, he was tolerated, so long as he remained unconvicted of imposture, even though he threatened calamity to the state. He might be imprisoned (Jeremiah 26:8-16; 1 Kings 22:1-28), but could not legally be put to death, unless a prediction of his failed of accomplishment; then he was regarded as all impostor, and stoned.
2. If a person prophesied in the name of any other god, whether his prediction was accomplished or not, he was, at all events, considered a false prophet, and, as such, capitally punished. In the kingdom of Israel, Ahab could muster four hundred prophets of Baal at a time (1 Kings 22:6). In still later times false prophets, uttering the suggestions of their own imagination, abounded in the Church, and did much mischief (Matthew 7:15; Matthew 24:11; Mark 13:22; Luke 6:26; 2 Peter 2:1; 1 John 4:1). (See MESSIAHS, FALSE).
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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Prophets, False'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tce/p/prophets-false.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.