22 Bible Verses About Temptation

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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.


The Holy Bible, English Standard Version

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Jesuslove December 28, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Thank you Jack! God Bless!


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


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?


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.


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


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.


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