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2 Chronicles 18:21 Berean Study Bible

And he replied, ‘I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouths of all his prophets.’ ‘You will surely entice him and prevail,’ said the LORD. ‘Go and do it.’

Did this spirit sin?

Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie

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  • Curiosity? Are you suggesting this verse is translated incorrectly? (Because it plainly says the Lord ‘OK’d this.) – Dave Nov 11 '20 at 22:18
  • Judaism and Christianity have different perceptions of Satan and (other) evil spirits, in the sense that the former regards them as testing or avenging angels, rather than fallen celestial beings. – Lucian Nov 12 '20 at 15:20
  • This is more or less a duplicate hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/40316/… – Nihil Sine Deo Nov 12 '20 at 17:01
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I don't think there is a problem here is we approach it from the standpoint that God allowed one of the divine beings from his council to go and activate and accelerate a process that the prophets would have already fallen into based on the corruption of their own heart and human nature. God, as an all wise creator, reserves the right to amplify a certain trajectory that humans choose to be on. The prophets were already prophesying falsely by virtue of being a part of a rebellious regime. The divine being from God's council merely supplies the deceptive content of the prophecies, but the prophets themselves were already desiring false prophecy. So just as God works with the heart of Pharaoh, and accelerates the hardness of his own heart, he accelerates the false prophets activity of prophesying lies by supplying the content of their prophesies. He is working with what is already there, and bringing it to completion.

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