Addiction and the Bible

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Addiction and the Bible: the Bible is the best defense against addiction, and also confirms that all can triumph over their particular addictions. For example:

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.[1]

The Greek root for addiction is used more than two dozen times in the New Testament, but English translations almost never use the terms "addiction" or "addicted". One rare exception is the ESV, which uses the term "addicted" but only once at 1Timothy 3:8 :

Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain.

The King James Version uses the term "addicted" only once, in a positive sense! At 1Corinthians 16:15 (KJV):

I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,)