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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Temptation  \Temp*ta"tion\,  n.  [OF.  temptation,  tentation,  F. 
  tentation,  L.  tentatio.] 
  1.  The  act  of  tempting,  or  enticing  to  evil;  seduction. 
  When  the  devil  had  ended  all  the  temptation,  he 
  departed  from  him  for  a  season.  --Luke  iv  13. 
  2.  The  state  of  being  tempted,  or  enticed  to  evil. 
  Lead  us  not  into  temptation.  --Luke  xi  4. 
  3.  That  which  tempts;  an  inducement;  an  allurement, 
  especially  to  something  evil. 
  Dare  to  be  great,  without  a  guilty  crown;  View  it 
  and  lay  the  bright  temptation  down  --Dryden. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  something  tempting  or  enticing  [syn:  {enticement}] 
  2:  the  desire  to  have  or  do  something  that  you  know  you  should 
  avoid;  "he  felt  the  temptation  and  his  will  power 
  3:  the  act  of  influencing  by  exciting  hope  or  desire;  "his 
  enticements  were  shameless"  [syn:  {enticement}] 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  (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 

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