I tried working, but in retail, surrounded by temptation all day, I spent more than I made.
When asked to discuss Karl Rove's memoir, the temptation is to linger on its title.
He felt it important not to give in to the temptation to simplify, but rather to examine the challenge in all its complexity.
How do you keep them away from temptation with the hustlers everywhere?
My father never succumbed to the temptation that has laid low so many real estate developers: monumentalism.
The temptation to burst out and tell her of my feelings was extraordinary.
When temptation came to him, he told Bonita about it and asked her advice.
Fresh from the country he succumbed to temptation and robbed the mails.
Sometimes the test was to show that the temptation was powerless.
An hour of temptation must try all who dwell upon the earth.
(1.) Trial; a being put to the test. Thus God "tempted [Gen. 22: 1; R.V., 'did prove'] Abraham;" and afflictions are said to tempt, i.e., to try, men (James 1:2, 12; comp. Deut. 8:2), putting their faith and patience to the test. (2.) Ordinarily, however, the word means solicitation to that which is evil, and hence Satan is called "the tempter" (Matt. 4:3). Our Lord was in this way tempted in the wilderness. That temptation was not internal, but by a real, active, subtle being. It was not self-sought. It was submitted to as an act of obedience on his part. "Christ was led, driven. An unseen personal force bore him a certain violence is implied in the words" (Matt. 4:1-11). The scene of the temptation of our Lord is generally supposed to have been the mountain of Quarantania (q.v.), "a high and precipitous wall of rock, 1,200 or 1,500 feet above the plain west of Jordan, near Jericho." Temptation is common to all (Dan. 12:10; Zech. 13:9; Ps. 66:10; Luke 22:31, 40; Heb. 11:17; James 1:12; 1 Pet. 1:7; 4:12). We read of the temptation of Joseph (Gen. 39), of David (2 Sam. 24; 1 Chr. 21), of Hezekiah (2 Chr. 32:31), of Daniel (Dan. 6), etc. So long as we are in this world we are exposed to temptations, and need ever to be on our watch against them.