I was in a situation that taught me firsthand about Jezebel. Most people think this is a spirit that entices men sexually and gets them into trouble. Yes, that’s part of it, but there are different types of Jezebels. Even though the spirit has a female title, it’s not always female. It likes to attach itself to those in positions of authority, but it also tries to bribe ordinary Christians in various shifty ways. I’m going to tell you a true story to illustrate how it works and what the Bible says we can do about it.


When I walked into work, my friend Lilly was staring at a difficult-looking sample to match. It came from a middle management fellow, and it was for his friend and had nothing to do with our regular work.


She avoided it for a week, and she told me she was feeling extremely uncomfortable about doing it. She didn’t even like the fellow who asked her to do it. She was double-minded about even starting it, but she gave in. “I’ll just find a close match as fast as I can, and that’ll be it.”  A couple of weeks went by. Then out of nowhere the purchasing agent, David came to Lilly and asked how the “special” sample was going. The fellow with the original request had called the purchasing agent to see if he could pressure Lilly into hurrying on the illegitimate sample he wanted.


Lilly was furious. She didn’t like the idea of doing the sample in the first place since it wasn’t a legitimate job. It was something she was just supposed to sneak in on the side. And now she was being seduced and pressured by David to get it done. She fumed and complained all day long. But she made the compromise and did the sample. It was a tricky one and everything that could go wrong did. Instead of doing the work she was supposed to do, she spent almost the whole day on the sample. When she heard that the boss was coming in, she hid all the evidence and pretended to be working on her regular assignments.


Lilly had never done anything like that before. She’d always been very honest in her dealings at work. But David, the purchasing agent, pestered her so much, she gave in and did something dishonest. Now she was caught in the trap. Since Lilly kept the project hidden from her boss, and only David was in on it, David would always be able to use this as blackmail against her any time he wanted another favor. Now David had the power to control Lilly whenever he might want it, which is precisely what a Jezebel spirit wants—CONTROL and POWER.


When a person is under the influence of a Jezebel spirit, the person in whom the spirit is will always try to get others, like Lilly, to join into a secret illegal bonding. With men, this Jezebel spirit will use the power of sexual passions to lure and then control the man. To a woman having this spirit in her, a man doesn’t even have to have physical contact, if a seductive glance of her eyes will do the job of capturing and controlling him enough to get what she wants.


The first mention of Jezebel in the Bible is with the manipulative wife of King Ahab. The Jezebel demon has existed way before the woman named Jezebel came along. But she is a noteworthy prototype, and thus the name, “Jezebel spirit.” She coerced over ten million Hebrews to bow to Baal and to kill God’s prophets. This one spirit was responsible for corrupting an entire nation. It is intensely ambitious, but it doesn’t want to be the King, it wants to be the sneaky shadow, controlling the King, as it keeps its packet of secret alliances ready for use whenever it wants something. Jezebel is a master of enticement and blackmail.


Proverbs 5:3 tells us: “The lips of a strange woman drop as a honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil.” And Proverbs 7:5: “Keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.” In these two verses, the word “stranger” is a Hebrew word meaning “a stranger to the truth, an alien, an enemy, one who turns aside.”


When I saw these verses, David, the purchasing agent, came to mind. He has an unusually sweet, quiet, soft way of speaking—very compelling. One time he came up to me and whispered, “I think I put that big gouge in the floor. Do you think you could fix it without the boss seeing it?” I thought that was a little strange. I thought, “If the boss wants me to fix it, tell him, and he can authorize it. Otherwise, I’ll just keep doing what I’m hired to do.” And I never did a thing about it and never mentioned it again. At the time I had no idea what he was up to, but just glad the Holy Spirit in me didn’t let me get trapped by the sweet and oh so innocent-sounding voice! I’m sure many of you recognize this “charming enticer.”


Deuteronomy 13:6 tells us about the Jezebel spirit: “If thy brother, or thy son or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, ‘Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known.” That pretty much says it right there. The gods who are other than the true God are the ones who want us to do dishonest things: Things like stealing time, lying about things, hiding things—all those things that we intuitively know are bad. But with the clever enticement of a close relative or a friend, this Jezebel spirit knows all the right words to get us off track enough to do something that could easily come back to bite us later if we don’t chop it’s head off immediately.


Proverbs 23:27 tells us: “A strange woman is a narrow pit.” In other words, a tough one to get out of. First Corinthians puts it another way: “What? Know ye not that he which is joined to a harlot is one body? For two, saith he, shall be one flesh.” Second Corinthians says: “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness?” Just one hook-up with evil can take us down a long dark snake hole!


Proverbs 7:21-27:


“With her much fair speech, she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him. He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life. Hearken unto me now, therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth.”


“Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths. For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her. Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.”


So, what does the Bible say we are to do about a Jezebel person when they try to charm or trap us?


Proverbs 2:10-11 and 16 give us part of the answer: “When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee, to deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words.” “Discretion” is translated from a Hebrew word that means “a plan, craftiness.” Jesus tells us: “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents and harmless as doves” (Matt. 10:16).


Where it says “understanding shall keep thee,” the word “keep” means to “preserve and guard against danger.” Now that you understand something about what a Jezebel spirit does, you can make a plan to keep yourself from the person in whom it’s operating.


Proverbs 5:8 tells us: “Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house.” Second Corinthians 6:17 corroborates what Proverbs says: “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.”


There’s another point that’s important here. Deuteronomy 13:8 tells us: “Neither shall thine eye pity him.” This demon elicits pity from its prey. Because the person exhibiting the Jezebel spirit talks so nicely and seems like such a gentle and pleasant person, we are tempted to feel sorry for them and be nicer toward them, but God says don’t do it.


The way God has made for these people to get delivered from these demons is to be exposed and made naked. When exposed, they get so ashamed that they want to be delivered and get free from that spirit that is ruling their actions. See Hosea 2:5 and 19, Ezekiel 16 and 32.


There are many more examples of how Jezebels lure good people down bad paths. The record of Samson and Delilah comes to mind.


I hadn’t thought much about Jezebels until I saw the situation at work with Lilly and David. After studying Jezebels in the Bible, I can easily see them in real life. I do what the Bible says to do—avoid or expose. I hope this article will be helpful to you as most of us are seeing Jezebels much more often than we ever imagined. Now we know what the Bible tells us to do about them.


Love, Carolyn


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