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  • n. (Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions) chief spirit of evil and adversary of God; tempter of mankind; master of Hell

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Examples

  • Which, when the tempter perceived, he strongly suggested to me, THAT I OUGHT NOT TO PRAY TO GOD, FOR PRAYER WAS NOT FOR ANY IN MY CASE; NEITHER COULD IT DO ME GOOD, BECAUSE I HAD REJECTED THE MEDIATOR, BY WHOM ALL PRAYERS CAME WITH ACCEPTANCE TO GOD THE FATHER; AND WITHOUT WHOM, NO PRAYER COULD COME INTO HIS PRESENCE:

    Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners

  • He was then taken to the pinnacle of the Temple, and the tempter said to him, "If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down; thou art sure of aid by a miracle from God;" and quoted, literally, in application, the words of Psa. xci.,

    The Life of Jesus Christ in Its Historical Connexion and Historical Developement.

  • The great beauty of it is the contrast between the two characters of the tempter and Our Saviour, the artful sophistry, and specious insinuations of the one, refuted by the strong sense, and manly eloquence of the other. '

    The Lives of the Poets of Great Britain and Ireland

  • Then hath the tempter come upon me, also, with such discouragements as these: YOU ARE VERY HOT FOR MERCY, BUT I WILL COOL YOU; THIS FRAME SHALL NOT LAST ALWAYS: MANY HAVE BEEN AS HOT AS YOU FOR A SPURT, BUT I HAVE QUENCHED THEIR ZEAL (and with this, such and such, who were fallen off, would be set before mine eyes).

    Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners

  • Now also the tempter began afresh to mock my soul another way, saying, THAT CHRIST INDEED DID PITY MY CASE, AND WAS SORRY FOR MY LOSS; BUT FORASMUCH AS I HAD SINNED AND TRANSGRESSED AS I HAD DONE, HE COULD BY NO MEANS HELP ME, NOR SAVE ME FROM WHAT I FEARED:

    Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners

  • I hope I reproduced the voice of the tempter effectively.

    Autumn

  • Then Gletkin would clear his voice and shove his cuffs into place; and Rubashov would rub his pince-nez on his sleeve and nod bewilderedly and drowsily; for he had identified the tempter with that dumb partner whom he had believed already forgotten, and who had no business in this room, of all places: the grammatical fiction ...

    Autumn

  • I was much about that time tempted to content myself by receiving some false opinion; as, that there should be no such thing as a day of judgment; that we should not rise again; and that sin was no such grievous thing: the tempter suggesting thus: FOR IF THESE THINGS SHOULD INDEED BE TRUE, YET TO BELIEVE OTHERWISE WOULD YIELD YOU EASE FOR THE PRESENT.

    Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners

  • But yet all the things of God were kept out of my sight, and still the tempter followed me with, BUT WHITHER MUST YOU GO WHEN YOU DIE?

    Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners

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