Musings on ……. Temptation


Strong’s Number: 5254 hsn  [Old Testament]
Original Word Word Origin
hsn a primitive root
Transliterated Word Phonetic Spelling
Nacah naw-saw’
Parts of Speech TWOT
Verb 1373
to test, try, prove, tempt, assay, put to the proof or test
to test, try
to attempt, assay, try
to test, try, prove, tempt

Translated Words
KJV (36) – adventure, 1; assay, 2; prove, 20; tempt, 12; try, 1;
NAS (37) – make a test, 1; proved, 1; put, 1; put to the test, 2; tempted, 3; test, 13; tested, 9; testing, 3; tried, 1; try, 1; venture, 1; ventures, 1;

 [New Testament]

 Strong’s Number: 3985 peira/zw
Original Word Word Origin
peira/zw from (3984)
Transliterated Word Phonetic Spelling
Peirazo pi-rad’-zo
Parts of Speech TDNT
Verb 6:23,822
to try whether a thing can be done
to attempt, endeavour
to try, make trial of, test: for the purpose of ascertaining his quantity, or what he thinks, or how he will behave himself
in a good sense
in a bad sense, to test one maliciously, craftily to put to the proof his feelings or judgments
to try or test one’s faith, virtue, character, by enticement to sin
to solicit to sin, to tempt 1c
of the temptations of the devil
after the OT usage
of God: to inflict evils upon one in order to prove his character and the steadfastness of his faith
men are said to tempt God by exhibitions of distrust, as though they wished to try whether he is not justly distrusted
by impious or wicked conduct to test God’s justice and patience, and to challenge him, as it were to give proof of his perfections.

Translated Words
KJV (39) – assay, 1; examine, 1; go about, 1; prove, 1; tempt, 29; tempter, 2; try, 4;
NAS (40) – did, 1; put, 1; put to the test, 2; tempt, 2; tempted, 13; tempter, 2; test, 6; tested, 2; testing, 7; tried, 2; trying, 2


So my little question that i always think to myself and i’m sharing it with you, [in hopes you won’t think i’m really wacked out] is this:

When we are tempted, the desire can be overwhelming, until we give in to that desire. Then for the moment we are satisfied, eased from the pulling desire upon our hearts and minds.

Jesus, being both man and God, was tempted by Satan, but in a sense He ‘passed’ the test and Satan left and angels tended to him.

But Jesus had to have other temptations in his life, you can not walk upon this earth without them. I don’t care who you are.

So if Jesus was tempted and never sinned, the temptation was still there, nipping at His heels, right?

Or did it come and go, like a lady walking in and out of the room……

and if He never gave in, was He always overcome with an irrestible urge to do wrong?


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 Corin 10:13

12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. James 1:13

One response »

  1. I can’t imagine that Jesus was under the constant strain of temptation. I believe it was more of things coming and going. In Gethsemane, there was probably a temptation to run or sleep. When a woman was rubbing her hair on his feet, there may have been temptation there. I think his only defense was closeness to the father as well as being able to recall the word of God.

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