Temptation is one of Satan’s most effective tools. These powerful Bible verses will equip and empower you to overcome temptation. (Includes free downloadable Bible verse list.)

Every Christian must face the reality of temptation.

Simply put, temptation is the enticement to sin.

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Webster’s 1828 Dictionary gives us a deeper meaning of the word.


The act of tempting; enticement to evil by arguments, by flattery, or by the offer of some real or apparent good.
When the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season. Luke 4.
2. Solicitation of the passions; enticements to evil proceeding from the prospect of pleasure or advantage.
3. The state of being tempted or enticed to evil. When by human weakness you are led into temptation, resort to prayer for relief.
4. Trial.
Lead us not into temptation. Lord’s Prayer.
5. That which is presented to the mind as an inducement to evil.
Dare to be great without a guilty crown,
View it, and lay the bright temptation down. Dryden.

6. In colloquial language, an allurement to any thing indifferent, or even good.

Satan is the master tempter. He is very good at it. Countless lost souls and fallen Christians are his resume’ of destruction.

Temptation is a battle that you must face, but it is a battle you can win.

If the Lord can save our souls from eternal damnation, he can save us from temptation today.

Scripture is full of examples of people who were tempted. Some Bible characters yielded to temptation while others conquered it.

What was the difference? The Saviour is our ultimate example.

When our Lord Jesus was tempted of the Devil, He used the Word of God to defeat Him. Likewise, we must use the proven power of God’s eternal Word to conquer evil enticements.

John 8:31–32

“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; ”

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

Use these Scriptures to understand and overcome temptation in your life.

Bible Verses About Temptation

1 Peter 5:8
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”

James 1:12
“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.”

James 1:13
“Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:”

James 1:14
“But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.”

1 Timothy 6:9
“But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.”

1 Chronicles 21:1
“And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.”

Matthew 4:1
“Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.”

Proverbs 1:10
“My son, if sinners entice thee, Consent thou not.”

Proverbs 16:29
“A violent man enticeth his neighbour, And leadeth him into the way that is not good.”

1 Peter 1:7
“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:”

James 1:2–3
“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; ”

“Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.”

Job 1:9–10
“Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? ”

“Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.”

1 Corinthians 10:13
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

Mark 1:13
“And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him.”

Hebrews 2:18
“For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.”

Hebrews 4:15
“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”

2 Peter 2:9
“The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:”

Revelation 3:10
“Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.”

1 Peter 1:6
“Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:”

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

Galatians 6:1
“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.”

Matthew 6:13
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”

1 Thessalonians 3:5
“For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain.”

1 Corinthians 7:5
“Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.”

Deuteronomy 6:16
“Ye shall not tempt the Lord your God, as ye tempted him in Massah.”

Psalm 78:18
“And they tempted God in their heart By asking meat for their lust.”

Luke 22:46
“And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.”


With these verses and the help of the Holy Spirit, you can overcome temptation in your life.

While we will never be sinless this side of Heaven, we can sin less with God’s help.

Stop being a slave to sin and temptation. Begin experiencing the freedom that only God can give today!

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