New International Version
For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Messiah,' and will deceive many.
King James Bible
For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
Darby Bible Translation
For many shall come in my name, saying, *I* am the Christ, and they shall mislead many.
World English Bible
For many will come in my name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will lead many astray.
Young's Literal Translation
for many shall come in my name, saying, I am the Christ, and they shall lead many astray,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
For many shall come in my name -
1. Josephus says, (War, b. ii. c. 13), that there were many who, pretending to Divine inspiration, deceived the people, leading out numbers of them to the desert, pretending that God would there show them the signs of liberty, meaning redemption from the Roman power: and that an Egyptian false prophet led 30,000 men into the desert, who were almost all cut off by Felix. See Acts 21:38. It was a just judgment for God to deliver up that people into the hands of false Christs who had rejected the true one. Soon after our Lord's crucifixion, Simon Magus appeared, and persuaded the people of Samaria that he was the great power of God, Acts 8:9, Acts 8:10; and boasted among the Jews that he was the son of God.
2. Of the same stamp and character was also Dositheus, the Samaritan, who pretended that he was the Christ foretold by Moses.
3. About twelve years after the death of our Lord, when Cuspius Fadus was procurator of Judea, arose an impostor of the name of Theudas, who said he was a prophet, and persuaded a great multitude to follow him with their best effects to the river Jordan, which he promised to divide for their passage; and saying these things, says Josephus, he deceived many: almost the very words of our Lord.
4. A few years afterwards, under the reign of Nero, while Felix was procurator of Judea, impostors of this stamp were so frequent that some were taken and killed almost every day. Josephus. Ant. b. xx. c. 4. and 7.
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"This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians will surely leave us.' They will not!
and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.
For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
I have come in my Father's name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him.
I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins."
So Jesus said, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me.
Some time ago Theudas appeared, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men rallied to him. He was killed, all his followers were dispersed, and it all came to nothing.
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