78 Powerful Bible Verses About Temptation

In this post, we will be sharing with you some powerful Bible verses about temptation. How can we resist temptation? What does the Bible say about temptation?

Temptation is something that we all face at one point or another in our lives. It can be temptation to sin, temptation to give up, temptation to do something we know is wrong.

Whatever the temptation may be, we need to remember that God is always with us and He will never leave us nor forsake us. He will help us to overcome temptation if we let Him.

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What Is Temptation?

Temptation according to the dictionary is, “the act of enticing someone to do something that they know is wrong or unwise.”

When we are faced with temptation, it is a test of our character and willpower. Can we resist what our flesh wants and do what is right? This is where our faith comes in. We need to trust that the Holy Spirit will guide us and help us to resist all forms of temptation.

Resist The Devil Bible Verses

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you

“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” – James 4:7

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” – 1 Peter 5:8

“Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” – 1 Peter 5:9

“In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.” – Hebrews 12:4

“Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.” – Romans 6:12

“Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.” – Colossians 3:5

“For everything in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–comes not from the Father but from the world.” – 1 John 2:16

Stand Firm Bible Verses

“So if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall.” – 1 Corinthians 10:12

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.” – Hebrews 4:15

“if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment.” – 2 Peter 2:9

“The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” – 2 Timothy 4:18

“For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you. Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse,” – Proverbs 2:10-12

Do Not Yield To Temptation Bible Verses

My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them

“My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them.” – Proverbs 1:10

“But each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.” – James 1:14-15

“But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.” – Matthew 5:39

“That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” – 2 Corinthians 12:10

“The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.” – 1 John 3:8

“Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness” – Romans 6:13

“Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he refused.” – Genesis 39:7-8

“The wicked have set a snare for me, but I have not strayed from your precepts.” – Psalms 119:110

“With persuasive words she led him astray; she seduced him with her smooth talk. All at once he followed her like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer stepping into a noose till an arrow pierces his liver, like a bird darting into a snare, little knowing it will cost him his life.” – Proverbs 7:21-23

Flee From Temptation Bible Verses

1 Timothy 6:9 – “Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.”

“Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” – 2 Timothy 2:22

“Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord.” – Romans 12:19

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” – Romans 12:1

“Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.” – 1 Corinthians 6:18

“Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul.” – 1 Peter 2:11

“But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.” – Ephesians 5:3

“Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry” – 1 Corinthians 10:14

Overcome Evil With Good Bible Verses

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” – Romans 12:21

“Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.” – Romans 12:17

“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” – James 3:17

“On the contrary: If your enemy is hungry, feed him;  if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” – Romans 12:20

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” – Matthew 5:9

Prayer To Resist Temptation Bible Verses

“Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.” – Luke 11:4

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” – Mark 14:38

“But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:3

“But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.” – Daniel 10:13

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” – Ephesians 6:12-13

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9

“Why are you sleeping? he asked them. Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.” – Luke 22:46

“My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.” – John 17:15

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” – Matthew 26:41

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” – Psalms 73:26

“On reaching the place, he said to them, Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” – Luke 22:40

10 Ways To Overcome Temptation

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it

1. Guide Your Heart – “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” – Proverbs 4:23

2. Keep Your Eyes Focused – “Fix your eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” – Hebrews 12:2

3. Fill Your Mind With Truth – “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” – Romans 12:2

4. Pray For Strength – “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:13

5. Seek God’s Help – “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” – Matthew 6:13

6. Resist The Devil – “In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” – Ephesians 4:26-27

7. Flee From Temptation – “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13

8. Use God’s Word – “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” – Psalms 119:11

9. Meditate On God’s Promises – “He has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son” – Colossians 1:13

10. Trust In God – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;” – Proverbs 3:5

Bible Verses About Temptation

The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray

Proverbs 12:26 – “The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.”

2 Corinthians 12:21 – “I am afraid that when I come again my God will humble me before you, and I will be grieved over many who have sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual sin and debauchery in which they have indulged.”

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 – “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God;”

1 Corinthians 6:9 – “Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men”

Romans 1:24 – “Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.”

Proverbs 28:10 – “Whoever leads the upright along an evil path will fall into their own trap, but the blameless will receive a good inheritance.”

Hebrews 4:14 – “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.”

Job 31:1 – “I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman.”

Job 31:5 – “If I have walked with falsehood or my foot has hurried after deceit”

Psalms 17:4 – “Though people tried to bribe me, I have kept myself from the ways of the violent through what your lips have commanded.”

Proverbs 6:24-26 – “keeping you from your neighbor’s wife, from the smooth talk of a wayward woman. Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes. For a prostitute can be had for a loaf of bread, but another man’s wife preys on your very life.”

Matthew 5:28 – “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

Galatians 6:1 – “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.”

Proverbs 4:14-15 – “Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way.”

Proverbs 2:16 – “Wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman, from the wayward woman with her seductive words,”

1 Chronicles 21 – “Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel.”

Exodus 34:12 – “Be careful not to make a treaty with those who live in the land where you are going, or they will be a snare among you.”

Deuteronomy 7:25 – “The images of their gods you are to burn in the fire. Do not covet the silver and gold on them, and do not take it for yourselves, or you will be ensnared by it, for it is detestable to the Lord your God.”

Proverbs 16:29 – “A violent person entices their neighbor and leads them down a path that is not good.”

Ecclesiastes 7:26 – “I find more bitter than death the woman who is a snare, whose heart is a trap and whose hands are chains. The man who pleases God will escape her, but the sinner she will ensnare.”

Isaiah 33:15-16 – “Those who walk righteously and speak what is right, who reject gain from extortion and keep their hands from accepting bribes, who stop their ears against plots of murder and shut their eyes against contemplating evil, they are the ones who will dwell on the heights, whose refuge will be the mountain fortress. Their bread will be supplied, and water will not fail them.”

James 1:13 – “When tempted, no one should say, God is tempting me. For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;”

Galatians 5:16– “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”

Romans 13:14 – “Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.”

1 Corinthians 15:33 – “Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.”

James 1:2 – “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,”

Deuteronomy 5:7 – “You shall have no other gods before me.”

Galatians 5:19-21 – “Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

Ephesians 5:5-7 – “For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.”

Philippians 3:18-19 – “For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.”

1 Peter 5:8-9 – “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.”

Quotes About Temptation

“Temptation usually comes in through a door that has been deliberately left open.” – Arnold H. Glasgow

“There are two types of temptation, those that come to us, and those we go out looking for.” – Unknown

“Temptation is the devil looking through the keyhole. Yielding is opening the door and inviting him in.” – Billy Sunday

“If you want to avoid temptation, don’t hang around with sinners.” – Unknown

“Temptation exercises our faith and teaches us to pray.” – A. B. Simpson

“Temptations are like small needles that soon make holes in our resistance.” – Unknown

“The riches of His free grace cause me daily to triumph over all the temptations of the wicked one, who is very vigilant, and seeks all occasions to disturb me.” – George Whitefield

“The ability to resist temptation is the measure of human greatness.” – Unknown

“Every time you defeat a temptation, you become more like Jesus!” – Rick Warren

“If you don’t want temptation to follow you, don’t act as if you’re interested.” – Unknown

“Temptation is a woman’s weapon and man’s excuse.” – H. L. Mencken

“The face of temptation is never very long or hard to recognize.” – Zig Ziglar

“Resist temptation. The temptation will pass. Don’t pass up the temptation.” – Unknown

“Temptations and occasions put nothing into a man, but only draw out what was in him before.” – John Owen

“Temptation seldom comes in working hours. It’s when I’m idling, at five o’clock on some pleasant evening that temptation sneaks up and taps me on the shoulder!” – Pearl S. Buck

“It’s so much easier to resist temptation if you feel bad about yielding to it.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

“One of the best results of temptation is that it shows us what is in our hearts.” – A. B. Simpson

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the Bible say about temptation?

“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13

What are some examples of temptation in the Bible?

1. The temptation of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden – “Genesis 3:1-24”
2. The temptation of Jesus in the wilderness – “Matthew 4:1-11”
3. The temptation of Peter – “Matthew 26:33-35”
4. The temptation of Judas – “Luke 22:3-6”
5. The temptation of David to commit adultery with Bathsheba – “2 Samuel 11:1-5”
6. The temptation of Solomon to turn away from God – “1 Kings 11:1-8”

What is the difference between temptation and testing?

Temptation is when we are enticed to commit a sin. Testing is when we are put in difficult situations to see if we will trust and obey God. Temptation usually leads to sin, but testing usually leads to growth.

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