22 Bible Verses About Temptation

by Daryl Evans · Print Print · Email Email

All of us have been tempted to do things we know are wrong and outside of the will of God. We face these temptations and when we fail, we often feel the guilt and shame from the sin that we committed.  Even people that are trying to do the right thing will fall into traps that Satan uses to ensnare us.  Some Christians feel as if their spiritual life is like a roller coaster where there are spiritual highs and spiritual lows that often come when we fail a test or give into temptation. There are many verses in Scripture that talk about temptation and testing.  Many are given in the form of warnings, some verses show how Jesus was tested, and then one verse shows one instance where God invites us to test Him with our giving.  I hope you consider not only the selected verses below but also study each passage and the context in Scripture to get the full meaning.  May God bless you as you study His word.

Bible Verses about Temptation

Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Luke 4:13 And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.

Luke 11:4 and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.”

Luke 22:40 And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”

1 Corinthians 7:2 But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband.

1 Corinthians 10:13 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.

1 Timothy 6:9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.

Bible Verses Warning Us About Testing the Lord

Bible Verses About Temptation

The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak

Exodus 17:2 There- fore the people quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.” And Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the LORD?”

Exodus 20:20 Moses said to the people, “Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of him may be before you, that you may not sin.”

Deuteronomy 6:16  “You shall not put the LORD your God to the test, as you tested him at Massah.

1 Chronicles 29:17 I know, my God, that you test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. In the uprightness of my heart I have freely offered all these things, and now I have seen your people, who are present here, offering freely and joyously to you.

2 Chronicles 32:31 And so in the matter of the envoys of the princes of Babylon, who had been sent to him to inquire about the sign that had been done in the land, God left him to himself, in order to test him and to know all that was in his heart.

Verses Where God Tests Man

Psalms 26:2 Prove me, O LORD, and try me; test my heart and my mind

Jeremiah 9:7 Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts: “Behold, I will refine them and test them, for what else can I do, because of my people?

Jeremiah 17:10 “I the LORD search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”

One Verse Where God Welcomes Us To Test Him

Malachi 3:10 Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.

Verses Where People Were Testing Jesus

Matthew 4:7 Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

Matthew 22:18 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites?

Mark 8:11 The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him.

Mark 12:15 But, knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, “Why put me to the test? Bring me a denarius and let me look at it.”

John 8:6 This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground.

Are you being tested or tempted with something today?

Share it with us in the comments so that we can pray for you. Also, don’t forget to enjoy the video in the upper right of this page: “He Leadeth Me” by The Martins.

Resources

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version

“Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”



Share this post:  |  |  |  | Twitter

{ 191 comments… read them below or add one }

Jesuslove December 28, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Hi Jack, Thanks for the response. My boyfriend doesn’t think that I have anything to worry about. He was adamant, when I asked him, that he has nor never had an attraction to this woman. He never “denied” talking to her, as I said earlier, he said that sometimes she would be at the same functions as he was, because their parents were friends. I did not tell him about my bringing this to the website. We did talk about it, and I explained to him that I felt a red flag and threatened by possible temptation initiated by his parents sort of waving her in his direction. His response was, that if he finds out his parents are trying to sabotage his relationship with me, he will stop talking to them. I said that it was an extreme thing to do, and you should never stop talking to your family, but try to find a solution. They hug me, invite me to functions, and seem to like me very much, but I just don’t understand the haste and the priority of the text messages, when they are at parties and weddings. We had a bit of an argument about it, because he thought I was over reacting, and I asked him to put himself in my shoes. Some mysterious “family friend” starts asking about me, out of the blue, and wants to talk to me. I just see red flags.

Reply

Jack Wellman December 28, 2014 at 3:16 pm

Thank you my friend. This sounds like it will turn out well for if your boyfriend is willing to cut off his family relationship for you, that sounds very much like he cares deeply for you and how things affect you. That is encouraging to me as I am sure it is to you. You are right…cutting off his family relationship is not worth it. Well said and may God richly bless you in your relationship with your boyfriend.

Reply

Jesuslove December 28, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Also, I should say, I have never met this woman. That makes it even more mysterious. I believe that a woman should never “push” to talk to a man, whether they are life long friends or not, if he has a girlfriend. I wouldn’t do it, out of respect for the relationship.

Reply

Jesuslove December 28, 2014 at 3:17 pm

Hoping I could get some prayers from everyone, to ask God to help me refrain from becoming jealous and to open my boyfriends understanding to my concerns so that we can find a solution together, and not allow this to destroy the amazing relationship that we have.

Reply

Jack Wellman December 28, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Amen…lots of people read this and I will also pray for you. I pray it works out to be a good and godly relationship.

Reply

Jesuslove December 28, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Thank you Jack! God Bless!

Reply

Lisa Caballero February 12, 2015 at 11:24 pm

Please pray for my health and for a closer relationship with God and to resist temptations and take my anxiety away

Reply

Zach March 13, 2015 at 6:40 pm

Seeking wisdom and prayers. I teach 6th grade. A boy student of mine is very bright, but his home life is bad. No father at home and a mother who is lost raising three teen and preteen boys on her own. I struggle with this boy at school regularly and have begun texting her at the end of the day to tell her whether he had a good day or bad day. She is good about having consequences at home for behavior in school. She has texted me a few times. Nothing inappropriate, but I am a married man and have no interest in fueling whatever fire may or may not be building there, so I do not respond. My student, her son, invited me to one of his hockey games and I really want to go, but only if my wife comes with me. I love going to students’ sporting events and concerts.

My problem is that my wife says it’s unwise to go and it makes her feel vulnerable to know that I want to go even though my student’s mom will be there. She says it may not be a real temptation this time but it indicates that I am not as guarded against any possibility of infidelity or leading someone on as I should be.

I am heartbroken. I love my students. I work in a low-income area where many of the kids have never had a positive male role model in their lives. I feel that we should step out and show this kid that we love him and are here for him. My wife thinks this will encourage his mother, but also she says it is not biblical wisdom to go. My wife is my first priority.

Am I wrong here? Actually, there doesn’t appear to be a right and wrong here. Do I just accept that my wife is fearful of what could happen and decide not to go based solely on that?

Reply

Jack Wellman March 13, 2015 at 8:45 pm

Thank you Zach, my advice or counsel to you would be the same to anyone in my congregation sir…I would refer this woman to the school counselor. The great concern your wife has worries me that she highly disapproves of this and the temptation or risk of being with this other single woman, even at a sports event, is not worth putting your wife in an uncomfortable spot. You love your students, I get that, but this boy already has a positive male role model in you at school and since as you say, your wife’s your first priority, respect her discomfort over this and show her your first priority is her. it may not “appear to be a right or wrong here” but to your wife it is. I would invite this boy and his mother to your church with a chance to meet many more positive male role models and ones that are single.

Reply

candace smithers April 4, 2015 at 6:26 am

None of us are worthy of salvation. but God so loved the world he gave his only begotten son, for whoever believes in him shall not parish but have everlasting life

Reply

vicki April 20, 2015 at 5:43 am

Please for me and my husband. We have just gotten back together and he is tempted by the girl he had an affair with. Please Pray that he is not tempted and Pray that I not get tempted to sin in the midst of all that is happening, and let the devil trick me into thinking that I doing something for a purpose and it is actually sinful and I need to not do it.

Reply

Ellie May 4, 2015 at 9:41 pm

Seeking some guidance here… I’m a student in high school. I’ve slept with one of my teachers on more than one occasion. I love him, and I know it’s wrong. He’s a married man. He cares about me, but I know he loves his wife more. I want to have the strength to remove myself from his life so he can save his marriage.

Here’s the hardest part: I am now pregnant. (took 3 tests this week, all positive) I want to tell him, but at the same time I don’t want to, because then he will have trouble with his wife. I know I have made a huge mistake. I’m just lost. I don’t know what to do.

I am very good in school and I want to stay in school. I need an education to take care of this baby. I feel so irresponsible. Teenagers should worry about homework and nail polish, not babies. Worried that I will never be forgiven.

My parents have been in out of my life for a few years now. I don’t want to tell them about the pregnancy.

Please, any guidance you have to offer would be amazing.

Reply

Jack Wellman May 4, 2015 at 9:55 pm

This is so hard Ellie. I am so sorry. Not just speaking as a pastor here but let me ask you…are you a sophomore or a junior or senior? Do you live with your parents? They will find out in time, right? Or do you not live with them at all and live on your own? This teachers should be supporting you. This man has also broken the law. God will forgive you my dear…don’t think that you can ever out-sin the cross. Jesus died for all your sins…so now, its time to reach out for help. I would speak with the administration because if this teacher slept with you and has committed adultery with you and nothing is done about it, won’t he likely do it again? Maybe he is already having affairs with other young ladies to, for all you know. You must tell him and the administration or at least talk to the school counselor. This man broke the law, you did not, even though you sinned too but you can be forgiven if you have repented and put your trust in Christ. Have you ever been born again? I think you need to tell someone…this is too much for your shoulders. Do you have a church pastor. As a pastor myself I would keep this in confidence but I couldn’t meet with another young woman without having another woman present. I am grateful to God that you’re not even thinking about an abortion because this can create a risk of still-births or infertility and you have your whole life ahead of you. Talk to someone immediately. You can’t go by yourself on this. I will pray for you. Please let me know what you do and I will keep you in prayer but you must confide in someone. If I were your father, I would tell the police because this man has committed a felony and shouldn’t be teaching. I know that sounds harsh but how many other young ladies has he done this too. Romans chapter 13 commands that we must obey the authorizes who have been placed there by God.

Reply

Angel May 11, 2015 at 4:04 pm

HI,
This is my first time writting or even sharing, besides sharing to God and of course he sees all anyway. But I am at my wits end I AM IN NEED OF PRAYER. Today I am struggling with an addiction that I know is not right for a woman of God. I am addicted to Porn, there are days I can go without it but I find myself right back watching it again. I NO LONGER WANT THIS IN MY LIFE FOR I KNOW THT ITS NOT RIGHT I JUST TEND TO FALL BACK INTO TEMPTATION. SO CAN YOU PRAY FOR ME, AND ILL CONTINUE TO PRAY TO GOD FOR RELIEF FROM THIS FILTH, I WANNA BE A BETTER WOMAN IN CHRIST. I KNOW THE DEVIL SITS BACK AND KNOWS JUST WHEN TO STRICK, I WANT TO BE READY FOR WHEN HE STRICK AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!

Reply

Jack Wellman May 11, 2015 at 4:37 pm

Angel…I have been where you are now except mine was an addiction to marijuana so don’t lose hope. We actually have a specific article designed to help believes like you. You cannot do this in your own strength, as you probably already know. Here is an article that is exactly intended for you and many others so please read this and follow the application steps in it and also I would counsel with your pastor and if you are a woman, make sure the pastor’s wife is there with you. I know its going to be a bit embarrassing, being man or a woman, but swallow your pride. You need all the help you can and if you’re serious about kicking this addiction, read this and speak with your pastor about this right way. Here’s the link at: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-to-overcome-an-addiction-to-pornography-help-for-struggling-christians/

Reply

Ashley June 22, 2015 at 8:04 pm

Greetings All,
This past couple weeks has been extremely hard for me. It probably was the most pain I’ve been in since I accepted Christ in to my life a little over two years ago. I felt as though I was being tempted all week. The little whispers in my head were telling me “Your not good enough, how could God love you, how could any one love you, your worthless” Until last week Friday it came to the breaking point and I gave in. I went out partying with friends and knew inside that it was NOT what God wanted. I deliberately disobeyed God by doing as I wished instead of seeking him first. I’m not a drinker and because of all the turmoil that had been going on in my head decided to seek relief from all the pain by numbing it out. It only made things worst. I ended up seeking comfort from someone that God had told me to let go. I woke up the next day feeling guilty and depressed. I repented while sobbing & pleaded with God to take away my pain. It’s as though all the peace that God had graciously given me was gone. I need prayers! Please.

Reply

Jack Wellman June 22, 2015 at 9:41 pm

Ashely, I will be glad to pray for you my sister in Christ. For now, please read this about how to forgive yourself at this link: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-to-forgive-yourself-a-christian-commentary/ and I pray it gives you some comfort and reassurance.

Reply

Ashley June 23, 2015 at 4:56 pm

Thank you Jack.

Reply

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>





Previous post:

Next post: