To damn them with delights!
(Thomas Watson, "The
"So that Satan will not outsmart
us. For we are very
familiar with his evil schemes." 2 Corinthians 2:11
The serpent beguiled Eve with
his subtlety; let
us not be beguiled by his hellish snares and plots.
Satan has a dexterity in subtle contrivances.
He hurts more as a fox than a lion.
His snares are worse than his darts.
His error damns as well as His vice;
poison kills as well as a pistol.
Satan bewitches and ensnares
men, by setting
pleasing baits before them; as the riches, pleasures,
and honors of the world. "All these things will I give
you." Matthew 4:9. How many does he tempt with
this golden apple! Pride, idleness, luxury—are the
three worms which are bred by prosperity. "Those
who will be rich fall into temptation and a snare."
1 Timothy 6:9. Satan kills with these silver darts!
How many are ensnared by his luscious delights!
The pleasures of the world are the great engine by
which Satan batters down men's souls. His policy is to
tickle them to death—to damn them with
The flesh would gladly be pleased, and Satan prevails
by this temptation—he drowns them in the sweet
waters of pleasure.
Such as have abundance of the world, walk in the
midst of golden snares! We had need watch our hearts
in prosperity, and pray not to be led into temptation.
We have as much need to be careful that we are not
endangered by prosperity—as a man has to be careful
at a feast where there are some poisoned dishes of food.