He said to his people, “Behold, the people of the sons of Israel are more and mightier than we.
And He caused His people to be very fruitful,
And made them stronger than their adversaries.
Moab said to the elders of Midian, “Now this horde will lick up all that is around us, as the ox licks up the grass of the field.” And Balak the son of Zippor was king of Moab at that time.
“For anger slays the foolish man,
And jealousy kills the simple.
In a multitude of people is a king’s glory,
But in the dearth of people is a prince’s ruin.
Wrath is fierce and anger is a flood,
But who can stand before jealousy?
I have seen that every labor and every skill which is done is the result of rivalry between a man and his neighbor. This too is vanity and striving after wind.
For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.
But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth.
Or do you think that the Scripture speaks to no purpose: “He jealously desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us”?