100 Bible Verses about Indulgence

Matthew 23:25 ESV / 299 helpful votes

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.

1 Timothy 5:6 ESV / 274 helpful votes

But she who is self-indulgent is dead even while she lives.

1 Timothy 6:10 ESV / 265 helpful votes

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

Acts 17:10-11 ESV / 237 helpful votes

The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

Romans 12:2 ESV / 225 helpful votes

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Revelation 18:7 ESV / 223 helpful votes

As she glorified herself and lived in luxury, so give her a like measure of torment and mourning, since in her heart she says, ‘I sit as a queen, I am no widow, and mourning I shall never see.’

Proverbs 23:21 ESV / 222 helpful votes

For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags.

Proverbs 21:17 ESV / 220 helpful votes

Whoever loves pleasure will be a poor man; he who loves wine and oil will not be rich.

Colossians 3:5 ESV / 212 helpful votes

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

Galatians 5:19 ESV / 209 helpful votes

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality,

1 John 1:9 ESV / 206 helpful votes

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Colossians 3:2 ESV / 205 helpful votes

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

John 3:16 ESV / 201 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Philippians 3:19 ESV / 198 helpful votes

Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.

Galatians 5:16 ESV / 192 helpful votes

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.

Titus 2:11-12 ESV / 188 helpful votes

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,

Isaiah 56:11-12 ESV / 188 helpful votes

The dogs have a mighty appetite; they never have enough. But they are shepherds who have no understanding; they have all turned to their own way, each to his own gain, one and all. “Come,” they say, “let me get wine; let us fill ourselves with strong drink; and tomorrow will be like this day, great beyond measure.”

Titus 3:3 ESV / 187 helpful votes

For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.

Proverbs 23:20 ESV / 186 helpful votes

Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat,

Isaiah 22:13 ESV / 185 helpful votes

And behold, joy and gladness, killing oxen and slaughtering sheep, eating flesh and drinking wine. “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.”

James 5:5 ESV / 180 helpful votes

You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.

Ephesians 5:18 ESV / 174 helpful votes

And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,

Proverbs 20:1 ESV / 172 helpful votes

Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.

Amos 6:4-7 ESV / 170 helpful votes

“Woe to those who lie on beds of ivory and stretch themselves out on their couches, and eat lambs from the flock and calves from the midst of the stall, who sing idle songs to the sound of the harp and like David invent for themselves instruments of music, who drink wine in bowls and anoint themselves with the finest oils, but are not grieved over the ruin of Joseph! Therefore they shall now be the first of those who go into exile, and the revelry of those who stretch themselves out shall pass away.”

Matthew 7:12 ESV / 169 helpful votes

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

Ephesians 4:19 ESV / 167 helpful votes

They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity.

Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV / 166 helpful votes

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Romans 13:14 ESV / 165 helpful votes

But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

1 John 2:16 ESV / 164 helpful votes

For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.

Ephesians 2:3 ESV / 159 helpful votes

Among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.

James 4:7 ESV / 157 helpful votes

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

James 3:14-16 ESV / 157 helpful votes

But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.

1 Peter 2:11 ESV / 156 helpful votes

Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.

1 Timothy 2:5 ESV / 155 helpful votes

For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,

1 Corinthians 9:27 ESV / 154 helpful votes

But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

Galatians 5:20 ESV / 153 helpful votes

Idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions,

Romans 16:18 ESV / 153 helpful votes

For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.

Romans 6:23 ESV / 153 helpful votes

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

2 Peter 2:18-19 ESV / 152 helpful votes

For, speaking loud boasts of folly, they entice by sensual passions of the flesh those who are barely escaping from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved.

James 4:1-3 ESV / 152 helpful votes

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

James 1:14 ESV / 152 helpful votes

But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.

Philippians 1:17 ESV / 152 helpful votes

The former proclaim Christ out of rivalry, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment.

1 Corinthians 10:8 ESV / 152 helpful votes

We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day.

Romans 7:8 ESV / 152 helpful votes

But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead.

Proverbs 18:1 ESV / 152 helpful votes

Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment.

2 Samuel 13:11-14 ESV / 152 helpful votes

But when she brought them near him to eat, he took hold of her and said to her, “Come, lie with me, my sister.” She answered him, “No, my brother, do not violate me, for such a thing is not done in Israel; do not do this outrageous thing. As for me, where could I carry my shame? And as for you, you would be as one of the outrageous fools in Israel. Now therefore, please speak to the king, for he will not withhold me from you.” But he would not listen to her, and being stronger than she, he violated her and lay with her.

2 Samuel 11:2-4 ESV / 152 helpful votes

It happened, late one afternoon, when David arose from his couch and was walking on the roof of the king's house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful. And David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, “Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” So David sent messengers and took her, and she came to him, and he lay with her. (Now she had been purifying herself from her uncleanness.) Then she returned to her house.

Deuteronomy 29:19 ESV / 152 helpful votes

One who, when he hears the words of this sworn covenant, blesses himself in his heart, saying, ‘I shall be safe, though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart.’ This will lead to the sweeping away of moist and dry alike.

Numbers 25:1 ESV / 152 helpful votes

While Israel lived in Shittim, the people began to whore with the daughters of Moab.

Genesis 19:5 ESV / 152 helpful votes

And they called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may know them.”

2 Peter 2:14 ESV / 149 helpful votes

They have eyes full of adultery, insatiable for sin. They entice unsteady souls. They have hearts trained in greed. Accursed children!

Titus 1:8 ESV / 149 helpful votes

But hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined.

Galatians 5:24 ESV / 148 helpful votes

And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

James 5:3-5 ESV / 147 helpful votes

Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days. Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.

2 Corinthians 12:21 ESV / 147 helpful votes

I fear that when I come again my God may humble me before you, and I may have to mourn over many of those who sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual immorality, and sensuality that they have practiced.

Proverbs 7:16-18 ESV / 147 helpful votes

I have spread my couch with coverings, colored linens from Egyptian linen; I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. Come, let us take our fill of love till morning; let us delight ourselves with love.

Romans 8:7 ESV / 146 helpful votes

For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot.

Joshua 7:21 ESV / 146 helpful votes

When I saw among the spoil a beautiful cloak from Shinar, and 200 shekels of silver, and a bar of gold weighing 50 shekels, then I coveted them and took them. And see, they are hidden in the earth inside my tent, with the silver underneath.”

1 Samuel 8:3 ESV / 145 helpful votes

Yet his sons did not walk in his ways but turned aside after gain. They took bribes and perverted justice.

Galatians 5:23 ESV / 143 helpful votes

Gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23 ESV / 143 helpful votes

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

1 Corinthians 5:11 ESV / 142 helpful votes

But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one.

1 Peter 4:7 ESV / 141 helpful votes

The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.

Matthew 5:26 ESV / 141 helpful votes

Truly, I say to you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.

Philippians 4:5 ESV / 140 helpful votes

Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand;

Ephesians 2:8 ESV / 140 helpful votes

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,

Daniel 1:8 ESV / 140 helpful votes

But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king's food, or with the wine that he drank. Therefore he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him not to defile himself.

Jeremiah 22:17 ESV / 140 helpful votes

But you have eyes and heart only for your dishonest gain, for shedding innocent blood, and for practicing oppression and violence.”

Galatians 5:13 ESV / 139 helpful votes

For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

Titus 1:11 ESV / 138 helpful votes

They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach.

2 Peter 1:6 ESV / 137 helpful votes

And knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness,

1 Peter 4:2 ESV / 136 helpful votes

So as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God.

1 Peter 1:14 ESV / 136 helpful votes

As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance,

2 Timothy 3:1-4 ESV / 136 helpful votes

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 ESV / 136 helpful votes

For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God;

Colossians 2:21-23 ESV / 136 helpful votes

“Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings? These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.

Philippians 2:3-4 ESV / 136 helpful votes

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

1 Corinthians 10:23-24 ESV / 136 helpful votes

“All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.

1 Corinthians 9:25-27 ESV / 136 helpful votes

Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

Romans 8:5 ESV / 136 helpful votes

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.

Romans 2:8 ESV / 136 helpful votes

But for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.

Romans 1:26-31 ESV / 136 helpful votes

For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, ...

Luke 19:8 ESV / 136 helpful votes

And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.”

Luke 15:13-16 ESV / 136 helpful votes

Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything.

Luke 12:19-20 ESV / 136 helpful votes

And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’

Luke 12:18-21 ESV / 136 helpful votes

And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”

Matthew 5:28-29 ESV / 136 helpful votes

But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell.

Haggai 1:4 ESV / 136 helpful votes

“Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, while this house lies in ruins?

Amos 4:1-2 ESV / 136 helpful votes

“Hear this word, you cows of Bashan, who are on the mountain of Samaria, who oppress the poor, who crush the needy, who say to your husbands, ‘Bring, that we may drink!’ The Lord God has sworn by his holiness that, behold, the days are coming upon you, when they shall take you away with hooks, even the last of you with fishhooks.

Daniel 4:29-32 ESV / 136 helpful votes

At the end of twelve months he was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, and the king answered and said, “Is not this great Babylon, which I have built by my mighty power as a royal residence and for the glory of my majesty?” While the words were still in the king's mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, “O King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: The kingdom has departed from you, and you shall be driven from among men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. And you shall be made to eat grass like an ox, and seven periods of time shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will.”

Proverbs 23:4 ESV / 136 helpful votes

Do not toil to acquire wealth; be discerning enough to desist.

Proverbs 6:26 ESV / 136 helpful votes

For the price of a prostitute is only a loaf of bread, but a married woman hunts down a precious life.

Proverbs 5:20-21 ESV / 136 helpful votes

Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman and embrace the bosom of an adulteress? For a man's ways are before the eyes of the Lord, and he ponders all his paths.

Psalm 119:36 ESV / 136 helpful votes

Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!

Deuteronomy 15:7-8 ESV / 136 helpful votes

“If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be.

James 1:15 ESV / 133 helpful votes

Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

Galatians 6:7 ESV / 133 helpful votes

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.

1 Corinthians 7:9 ESV / 131 helpful votes

But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.

Revelation 18:1-24 ESV / 127 helpful votes

After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was made bright with his glory. And he called out with a mighty voice, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place for demons, a haunt for every unclean spirit, a haunt for every unclean bird, a haunt for every unclean and detestable beast. For all nations have drunk the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have grown rich from the power of her luxurious living.” Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues; for her sins are heaped high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. ...

Matthew 16:24-25 ESV / 117 helpful votes

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

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