This post is part of a series looking at misquoted verses of the Bible. Click here to see others.
In Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth we see a discussion on temptation. Paul encourages the early Christians this way:
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
What he’s teaching them is that they don’t have to give in to sin’s demands. Even in the moment when it seems that doing the right thing is impossible, it isn’t. But this verse of spiritual encouragement is quoted by many believers today in a much different form. You’ve likely heard this verse used in this way:
God won’t give you more than you can handle.