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"Lead Us Not into Temptation"

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“Lead Us Not into Temptation”

Matthew 6:13 NIV
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’
Question: “And lead us not into temptation.” I grew up thinking it was Satan who tempted us. But if God also tempts us, is it to see how we will respond? How do we tell which one is tempting us?

Meaning of “And Lead Us not into Temptation”

Part of the “Lord’s Prayer” or “Disciples’ Model Prayer”
It follows the request for forgiveness of our sins as we forgive others.
“After a petition for the forgiveness of past sin comes one for protection from future sin.” - R. T. France [R. T. France, The Gospel of Matthew, The New International Commentary on the New Testament (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publication Co., 2007), 251.]


And leade vs not into tentation, but deliuer vs from euill (Matt. 6:13 Geneva)
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil (Matt. 6:13 KJV)
And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. (Matt. 6:13 NKJV)
'And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. (Matt. 6:13 NASB 95)
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. (Matt. 6:13 NIV)

Key Words:

εἰσφέρω (eisphero) -
(1) to bring into an area, bring in
(2) to cause someone to enter into a certain event or condition, bring in (Matt. 6:13, BDAG)
ῥύομαι (rhuomai) - to rescue from danger, save, rescue, deliver, preserve someone (Matt. 6:13, BDAG)
πονηρός (poneros) - pert. to being morally or socially worthless, wicked, evil, bad, base, worthless, vicious, degenerate
wicked or evil-intentioned person, evildoer
the evil one=the devil (Matt. 6:13, BDAG)
πειρασμός (peirasmos) -
(1) an attempt to learn the nature or character of someth., test, trial
Luke 22:28 NIV
28 You are those who have stood by me in my trials.
Acts 20:19 NIV
19 I served the Lord with great humility and with tears and in the midst of severe testing by the plots of my Jewish opponents.
James 1:2 NIV
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
James 1:12 NIV
12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
1 Peter 1:6 NIV
6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.
1 Peter 4:12 NIV
12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.
(2) an attempt to make one do someth. wrong, temptation, enticement to sin.
Temptation, fr. without or fr. within, that can be an occasion of sin to a person (Matt. 6:13, BDAG)
Matthew 26:41 NIV
41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Luke 4:13 NIV
13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.
1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV
13 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 Timothy 6:9 NIV
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.

Meaning of “And Lead Us Not into Temptation” in Matthew 6:13

“Temptation” - most likely means ‘temptation or enticement to sin’, because the next request is “but deliver us from the evil one.”
But, the wording “lead us not into temptation” does not suggest that God is the one who brings us into temptation. Rather, the request is for God to keep us out of temptation.
John 17:15 NIV
15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.
2 Thessalonians 3:3 NIV
3 But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.
1 John 5:18 NIV
18 We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them.

God does not tempt or entice us into sin.

James 1:13–15 NIV
13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
Conclusion: God will never contradict His own Word. So, if the “test” or “temptation” is moving us away from God’s clear Word, then it is toward sin and we must flee.
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