The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak

This page is about the saying "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak".

Possible interpretation: Even though we may want to say "No" to temptation (doing something bad), our body may be unable to resist it.

Origin: This proverb is based on a verse in the Bible (Matthew 26:41): "Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing but the flesh is weak."

spirit (noun): the non-physical part of a person (including emotions and character); the soul
willing (adj.): ready or happy to do something
flesh (noun): the physical part of a person; the body; the outer surface of the body

Quick Quiz:

In the proverb "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak", the word "flesh" refers to our

a. skin

b. physical body

c. mind

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Contributor: Josef Essberger