This is a subsidiary post of Temptation.

Contrast with the pleasure we can bring God:  Please Him

Related post:  Fleshly Desires

Of course, not all pleasure is wrong.  This list, however, refers to those that are.

A search of the NASB for [pleasur] in the New Testament yields the following verses.  (It also yields other verses – such as references to God’s pleasure- which are not included here.)

Luke 8:14  –  “worries and riches and pleasures of this life

2 Thessalonians 2:11, 12  –  “…who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.”

1 Timothy 5:6  –  “she who gives herself to wanton pleasure is dead even while she lives.”

2 Timothy 3:4  –  “lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God

Titus 3:3  –  “enslaved to various lusts and pleasures

Hebrews 11:25  –  “choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin”

James 4:1  –  “What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members?”
James 4:2  –  “You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask.”
James 4:3  –  “You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.”

James 5:5  –  “You have lived luxuriously on the earth and led a life of wanton pleasure

2 Peter 2:13  –  “…They count it a pleasure to revel in the daytime…”


Proverbs 21:17  –  “He who loves pleasure will become a poor man…”

Ecclesiastes 7:4  –  “The mind of the wise is in the house of mourning, while the mind of fools is in the house of pleasure.”

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