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Deceitful temptation

Deceitful temptation

For the lips of an adulteress drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil; but in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death.”—Proverbs 5:3–5 NASB

Perhaps no creature is more associated with honey than the bear. Overflowing with sugar, honey becomes irresistible to bears and other animals.

This appeal helps us understand why honey symbolizes the attraction of temptations. From a human perspective, we can be tempted by things that seem irresistible and exciting, wanting to do things that seem new and different, even harmless and enjoyable—just like the appeal of honey to a bear.

But the Bible urges us to realize that honey can lead to traps—situations and places filled with pitfalls and danger. While this honey might promise thrills and excitement, the Bible urges us to realize how often the results may not live up to our expectations and even prove harmful.

These principles apply to every aspect of our lives. The Bible urges us to avoid things that tempt us and situations in which we can be tempted. The promises of temptation can seem alluring, but we must remember how deceitful they are: “You groan at your final end, when your flesh and your body are consumed” (v. 11).

Don’t be confused by deceptive honey. When you are tempted, call on God. Seek Him in prayer. Confess the promises in His Word. Ask Him for discernment. Remember, He is with you. He is faithful and can help you overcome and show you a way to escape the snares of tricky temptations (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Reflection Question: What kind of honey is tempting you currently, and how can you resist it?


Father, help me be on guard against temptation. Thank You for giving me Your Word. Thank You for Your presence with me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading

Proverbs 5

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