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12 Bible Verses about Envy

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Acts 17:5

But the Jews having been stirred up to jealousy, and taken to themselves certain wicked men of the lowest rabble, and having got a crowd together, set the city in confusion; and having beset the house of Jason sought to bring them out to the people;

Proverbs 27:4

Fury is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before jealousy?

Galatians 5:19-21

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are fornication, uncleanness, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, strifes, jealousies, angers, contentions, disputes, schools of opinion, envyings, murders, drunkennesses, revels, and things like these; as to which I tell you beforehand, even as I also have said before, that they who do such things shall not inherit God's kingdom.

1 Timothy 6:4

he is puffed up, knowing nothing, but sick about questions and disputes of words, out of which arise envy, strife, injurious words, evil suspicions,

1 Peter 2:1-2

Laying aside therefore all malice and all guile and hypocrisies and envyings and all evil speakings, as newborn babes desire earnestly the pure mental milk of the word, that by it ye may grow up to salvation,

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Envy » Forbidden

Psalm 37:1

{A Psalm of David.} Fret not thyself because of evil-doers, and be not envious of them that work unrighteousness;

Galatians 5:26

Let us not become vain-glorious, provoking one another, envying one another.

Proverbs 3:31

Envy not the man of violence, and choose none of his ways.

Envy » Forbidden » Examples of

Numbers 16:3

and they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said to them, It is enough; for all the assembly, all of them are holy, and Jehovah is among them; and why do ye lift up yourselves above the congregation of Jehovah?

Daniel 6:4

Then the presidents and the satraps sought to find a pretext against Daniel with respect to the kingdom; but they could not find any pretext or fault; inasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.

Genesis 4:5

and upon Cain, and on his offering, he did not look. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.

Genesis 26:14

And he had possessions of flocks, and possessions of herds, and a great number of servants; and the Philistines envied him.

Envy » Who not to envy

Psalm 37:1-2

{A Psalm of David.} Fret not thyself because of evil-doers, and be not envious of them that work unrighteousness; for they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and fade as the green herb.

Proverbs 24:1-2

Be not thou envious of evil men, neither desire to be with them; for their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.

Proverbs 3:31

Envy not the man of violence, and choose none of his ways.

Envy » Not envying

Galatians 5:26

Let us not become vain-glorious, provoking one another, envying one another.

Envy » Prosperity of the wicked should not excite

Psalm 37:1

{A Psalm of David.} Fret not thyself because of evil-doers, and be not envious of them that work unrighteousness;

Psalm 73:17-20

Until I went into the sanctuaries of God; then understood I their end. Truly thou settest them in slippery places, thou castest them down in ruins. How are they suddenly made desolate! they pass away, consumed with terrors. read more.
As a dream, when one awaketh, wilt thou, Lord, on arising despise their image.

Envy » A proof of carnal-mindedness

1 Corinthians 3:1

And I, brethren, have not been able to speak to you as to spiritual, but as to fleshly; as to babes in Christ.

Envy » Instances of » Priests, of jesus

John 11:47

The chief priests, therefore, and the Pharisees gathered a council, and said, What do we? for this man does many signs.

Envy » What envy does

Job 5:1-2

Call, I pray thee! Is there any that answereth thee? and to which of the holy ones wilt thou turn? For vexation killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the simple.

Envy » A work of the flesh

Galatians 5:21

envyings, murders, drunkennesses, revels, and things like these; as to which I tell you beforehand, even as I also have said before, that they who do such things shall not inherit God's kingdom.

James 4:5

Think ye that the scripture speaks in vain? Does the Spirit which has taken his abode in us desire enviously?

Envy » Instances of » Joseph's brethren, of joseph

Genesis 37:4-11

And his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, and they hated him, and could not greet him with friendliness. And Joseph dreamed a dream, and told it to his brethren, and they hated him yet the more. And he said to them, Hear, I pray you, this dream, which I have dreamt: read more.
Behold, we were binding sheaves in the fields, and lo, my sheaf rose up, and remained standing; and behold, your sheaves came round about and bowed down to my sheaf. And his brethren said to him, Wilt thou indeed be a king over us? wilt thou indeed rule over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams and for his words. And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it to his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamt another dream, and behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars bowed down to me. And he told it to his father and to his brethren. And his father rebuked him, and said to him, What is this dream which thou hast dreamt? Shall we indeed come, I and thy mother and thy brethren, to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth? And his brethren envied him; but his father kept the saying.

Genesis 37:19-20

And they said one to another, Behold, there comes that dreamer! And now come and let us kill him, and cast him into one of the pits, and we will say, An evil beast has devoured him; and we will see what becomes of his dreams.

Acts 7:9

And the patriarchs, envying Joseph, sold him away into Egypt. And God was with him,

Envy » Hurtful to the envious

Job 5:2

For vexation killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the simple.

Envy » Instances of » Korah, dathan, and abiram, of moses

Numbers 16:3

and they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said to them, It is enough; for all the assembly, all of them are holy, and Jehovah is among them; and why do ye lift up yourselves above the congregation of Jehovah?

Psalm 106:16-18

And they envied Moses in the camp, and Aaron, the saint of Jehovah. The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan, and covered the company of Abiram; And fire was kindled in their company; a flame burned up the wicked.

Envy » Exemplified

Acts 13:45

But the Jews, seeing the crowds, were filled with envy, and contradicted the things said by Paul, contradicting and speaking injuriously.

Acts 17:5

But the Jews having been stirred up to jealousy, and taken to themselves certain wicked men of the lowest rabble, and having got a crowd together, set the city in confusion; and having beset the house of Jason sought to bring them out to the people;

Envy » Instances of » Saul, of david

1 Samuel 18:29

And Saul was yet the more afraid of David; and Saul was David's enemy continually.

1 Samuel 18:8-9

And Saul was very wroth, and that saying was evil in his sight; and he said, They have ascribed to David ten thousands, but to me they have ascribed the thousands; and what is there more for him but the kingdom? And Saul eyed David from that day and forward.

1 Samuel 20:31

For as long as the son of Jesse lives upon earth, thou shalt not be established, nor thy kingdom. And now send and fetch him to me, for he must die.

Envy » Instances of » Sarah, of hagar

Genesis 16:5-6

And Sarai said to Abram, My wrong be on thee! I have given my maidservant into thy bosom; and now she sees that she has conceived, I am lightly esteemed in her eyes. Jehovah judge between me and thee! And Abram said to Sarai, Behold, thy maidservant is in thy hand: do to her what is good in thine eyes. And Sarai oppressed her; and she fled from her face.

Genesis 21:9-10

And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, mocking. And she said to Abraham, Cast out this handmaid and her son; for the son of this handmaid shall not inherit with my son with Isaac.

Envy » Who has envy among them

Envy » Exemplified » Joshua

Numbers 11:28-29

And Joshua the son of Nun, the attendant of Moses, one of his young men, answered and said, My lord Moses, forbid them! But Moses said to him, Enviest thou for my sake? would that all Jehovah's people were prophets, and that Jehovah would put his Spirit upon them!

Envy » Excited by good deeds of others

Ecclesiastes 4:4

And I saw all labour, and all success of work, that it is man's jealousy of his neighbour. This also is vanity and pursuit of the wind.

Envy » Instances of » Jews, of paul and barnabas

Acts 13:45

But the Jews, seeing the crowds, were filled with envy, and contradicted the things said by Paul, contradicting and speaking injuriously.

Acts 17:5

But the Jews having been stirred up to jealousy, and taken to themselves certain wicked men of the lowest rabble, and having got a crowd together, set the city in confusion; and having beset the house of Jason sought to bring them out to the people;

Envy » Exemplified » Joseph's brethren

Envy » Exemplified » Edomites

Ezekiel 35:11

therefore, as I live, saith the Lord Jehovah, I will even do according to thine anger and according to thine envy, as thou hast done out of thy hatred against them; and I will make myself known among them, when I shall judge thee.

Envy » Exemplified » saul

1 Samuel 18:8

And Saul was very wroth, and that saying was evil in his sight; and he said, They have ascribed to David ten thousands, but to me they have ascribed the thousands; and what is there more for him but the kingdom?

Envy » The place where envy exists

James 3:13-16

Who is wise and understanding among you; let him shew out of a good conversation his works in meekness of wisdom; but if ye have bitter emulation and strife in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This is not the wisdom which comes down from above, but earthly, natural, devilish. read more.
For where emulation and strife are, there is disorder and every evil thing.

Envy » Produced by foolish disputations

1 Timothy 6:4

he is puffed up, knowing nothing, but sick about questions and disputes of words, out of which arise envy, strife, injurious words, evil suspicions,

Envy » Hinders growth in grace

1 Peter 2:1-2

Laying aside therefore all malice and all guile and hypocrisies and envyings and all evil speakings, as newborn babes desire earnestly the pure mental milk of the word, that by it ye may grow up to salvation,

Envy » None can stand before

Proverbs 27:4

Fury is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before jealousy?

Envy » Exemplified » Princes of babylon

Daniel 6:3-4

Now this Daniel surpassed the presidents and the satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to appoint him over the whole realm. Then the presidents and the satraps sought to find a pretext against Daniel with respect to the kingdom; but they could not find any pretext or fault; inasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.

Envy » Exemplified » Laban's sons

Genesis 31:1

And he heard the words of Laban's sons, saying, Jacob has taken away all that was our father's, and of what was our father's he has acquired all this glory.

Envy » Punishment of

Isaiah 26:11

Jehovah, thy hand is lifted up, but they do not see: yet they shall see thy jealousy for the people, and be ashamed; yea, the fire which is for thine adversaries shall devour them.

Envy » The wicked » Being Full of

Envy » Instances of » Joshua, of eldad and medad

Numbers 11:28-30

And Joshua the son of Nun, the attendant of Moses, one of his young men, answered and said, My lord Moses, forbid them! But Moses said to him, Enviest thou for my sake? would that all Jehovah's people were prophets, and that Jehovah would put his Spirit upon them! And Moses withdrew into the camp, he and the elders of Israel.

Envy » Exemplified » Haman

Esther 5:13

Yet all this is of no avail to me so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king's gate.

Envy » Exemplified » Cain

Genesis 4:5

and upon Cain, and on his offering, he did not look. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.

Envy » Instances of » Miriam and aaron, of moses

Numbers 12:1-10

And Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had taken; for he had taken a Cushite as wife. And they said, Has Jehovah indeed spoken only to Moses? has he not spoken also to us? And Jehovah heard it. But the man Moses was very meek, above all men that were upon the face of the earth. read more.
Then Jehovah spoke suddenly to Moses, and to Aaron, and to Miriam, Come out ye three unto the tent of meeting. And they went out, they three. And Jehovah came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood at the entrance of the tent, and called Aaron and Miriam; and they both came forth. And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I Jehovah will make myself known to him in a vision, I will speak to him in a dream. Not so my servant Moses: he is faithful in all my house. Mouth to mouth do I speak to him openly, and not in riddles; and the form of Jehovah doth he behold. Why then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant, against Moses? And the anger of Jehovah was kindled against them, and he went away; and the cloud departed from off the tent. And behold, Miriam was leprous as snow; and Aaron turned toward Miriam, and behold, she was leprous.

Envy » Exemplified » Chief priests

Envy » Inconsistent with » The gospel

James 3:14

but if ye have bitter emulation and strife in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth.

Envy » Leads to every evil work

Envy » The wicked » Live in

Envy » What lusts to envy

James 4:5

Think ye that the scripture speaks in vain? Does the Spirit which has taken his abode in us desire enviously?

Envy » Instances of » Philistines, of isaac

Genesis 26:14

And he had possessions of flocks, and possessions of herds, and a great number of servants; and the Philistines envied him.

Envy » Instances of » Leah, of rachel

Genesis 30:15

And she said to her, Is it too little that thou hast taken my husband, that thou wilt take my son's mandrakes also? And Rachel said, Therefore he shall lie with thee to-night for thy son's mandrakes.

Envy » Instances of » Cain, of abel

Genesis 4:4-8

And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock, and of their fat. And Jehovah looked upon Abel, and on his offering; and upon Cain, and on his offering, he did not look. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. And Jehovah said to Cain, Why art thou angry, and why is thy countenance fallen? read more.
If thou doest well, will not thy countenance look up with confidence? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door; and unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. And Cain spoke to Abel his brother, and it came to pass when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.

Envy » Instances of » Laban's sons, of jacob

Genesis 31:1

And he heard the words of Laban's sons, saying, Jacob has taken away all that was our father's, and of what was our father's he has acquired all this glory.

Envy » Instances of » Haman, of mordecai

Esther 5:13

Yet all this is of no avail to me so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king's gate.

Envy » Instances of » Rachel, of leah

Genesis 30:1

And when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister, and said to Jacob, Give me children, or else I die.

Envy » Instances of » The princes of babylon, of daniel

Daniel 6:4

Then the presidents and the satraps sought to find a pretext against Daniel with respect to the kingdom; but they could not find any pretext or fault; inasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.

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Avoid Envy

60;2;1

Laying aside therefore all malice and all guile and hypocrisies and envyings and all evil speakings,

Envy, Example Of

1;4;5

and upon Cain, and on his offering, he did not look. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.