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12 Bible Verses about Envy

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Acts 17:5

But the Jews became jealous, and they brought together some scoundrels from the marketplace, formed a mob, and started a riot in the city. Attacking Jason’s house, they searched for them to bring them out to the public assembly.

Proverbs 27:4

Fury is cruel, and anger a flood,
but who can withstand jealousy?

Galatians 5:19-21

Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar. I tell you about these things in advance—as I told you before—that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

1 Timothy 6:4

he is conceited, understanding nothing, but has a sick interest in disputes and arguments over words. From these come envy, quarreling, slander, evil suspicions,

1 Peter 2:1-2

So rid yourselves of all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all slander. Like newborn infants, desire the pure spiritual milk, so that you may grow by it for your salvation,

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Envy » Forbidden

Galatians 5:26

We must not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

Envy » Forbidden » Examples of

Numbers 16:3

They came together against Moses and Aaron and told them, “You have gone too far! Everyone in the entire community is holy, and the Lord is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the Lord’s assembly?”

Daniel 6:4

The administrators and satraps, therefore, kept trying to find a charge against Daniel regarding the kingdom. But they could find no charge or corruption, for he was trustworthy, and no negligence or corruption was found in him.

Genesis 26:14

He had flocks of sheep, herds of cattle, and many slaves, and the Philistines were envious of him.

Genesis 37:11

His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.

Envy » Who not to envy

Psalm 37:1-2

Do not be agitated by evildoers; do not envy those who do wrong. For they wither quickly like grass and wilt like tender green plants.

Proverbs 24:1-2

Don't envy evil men or desire to be with them, for their hearts plan violence, and their words stir up trouble.

Envy » Not envying

Galatians 5:26

We must not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

Envy » Prosperity of the wicked should not excite

Psalm 73:17-20

until I entered God's sanctuary. Then I understood their destiny. Indeed You put them in slippery places; You make them fall into ruin. How suddenly they become a desolation! They come to an end, swept away by terrors. read more.
Like one waking from a dream, Lord, when arising, You will despise their image.

Envy » A proof of carnal-mindedness

1 Corinthians 3:1

Brothers, I was not able to speak to you as spiritual people but as people of the flesh, as babies in Christ.

Envy » Instances of » Priests, of jesus

John 11:47

So the chief priests and the Pharisees convened the Sanhedrin and said, “What are we going to do since this man does many signs?

Envy » What envy does

Job 5:1-2

Call out if you please. Will anyone answer you? Which of the holy ones will you turn to? For anger kills a fool, and jealousy slays the gullible.

Envy » A work of the flesh

Galatians 5:21

envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar. I tell you about these things in advance—as I told you before—that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

James 4:5

Or do you think it’s without reason the Scripture says that the Spirit who lives in us yearns jealously?

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

Genesis 37:4-11

When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not bring themselves to speak peaceably to him. Then Joseph had a dream. When he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more. He said to them, "Listen to this dream I had: read more.
There we were, binding sheaves of grain in the field. Suddenly my sheaf stood up, and your sheaves gathered around it and bowed down to my sheaf." "Are you really going to reign over us?" his brothers asked him. "Are you really going to rule us?" So they hated him even more because of his dream and what he had said. Then he had another dream and told it to his brothers. "Look," he said, "I had another dream, and this time the sun, moon, and 11 stars were bowing down to me." He told his father and brothers, but his father rebuked him. "What kind of dream is this that you have had?" he said. "Are your mother and brothers and I going to bow down to the ground before you?" His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter [in mind].

Genesis 37:19-20

They said to one another, "Here comes that dreamer! Come on, let's kill him and throw him into one of the pits. We can say that a vicious animal ate him. Then we'll see what becomes of his dreams!"

Acts 7:9

“The patriarchs became jealous of Joseph and sold him into Egypt, but God was with him

Envy » Hurtful to the envious

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

Numbers 16:3

They came together against Moses and Aaron and told them, “You have gone too far! Everyone in the entire community is holy, and the Lord is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the Lord’s assembly?”

Psalm 106:16-18

In the camp they were envious of Moses and of Aaron, the Lord's holy one. The earth opened up and swallowed Dathan; it covered the assembly of Abiram. Fire blazed throughout their assembly; flames consumed the wicked.

Envy » Exemplified

Acts 13:45

But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began to oppose what Paul was saying by insulting him.

Acts 17:5

But the Jews became jealous, and they brought together some scoundrels from the marketplace, formed a mob, and started a riot in the city. Attacking Jason’s house, they searched for them to bring them out to the public assembly.

Envy » Instances of » Saul, of david

1 Samuel 18:29

and he became even more afraid of David. As a result, Saul was David’s enemy from then on.

1 Samuel 18:8-9

Saul was furious and resented this song. "They credited tens of thousands to David," he complained, "but they only credited me with thousands. What more can he have but the kingdom?" So Saul watched David jealously from that day forward.

1 Samuel 20:31

Every day Jesse’s son lives on earth you and your kingship are not secure. Now send for him and bring him to me—he deserves to die.”

Envy » Instances of » Sarah, of hagar

Genesis 16:5-6

Then Sarai said to Abram, "You are responsible for my suffering! I put my slave in your arms, and ever since she saw that she was pregnant, she has looked down on me. May the Lord judge between me and you." Abram replied to Sarai, "Here, your slave is in your hands; do whatever you want with her." Then Sarai mistreated her so much that she ran away from her.

Genesis 21:9-10

But Sarah saw the son mocking-the one Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham. So she said to Abraham, "Drive out this slave with her son, for the son of this slave will not be a co-heir with my son Isaac!"

Envy » Who has envy among them

Envy » Exemplified » Joshua

Numbers 11:28-29

Joshua son of Nun, assistant to Moses since his youth, responded, "Moses, my lord, stop them!" But Moses asked him, "Are you jealous on my account? If only all the Lord's people were prophets, and the Lord would place His Spirit on them."

Envy » Excited by good deeds of others

Ecclesiastes 4:4

I saw that all labor and all skillful work is due to a man’s jealousy of his friend. This too is futile and a pursuit of the wind.

Envy » Instances of » Jews, of paul and barnabas

Acts 13:45

But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began to oppose what Paul was saying by insulting him.

Acts 17:5

But the Jews became jealous, and they brought together some scoundrels from the marketplace, formed a mob, and started a riot in the city. Attacking Jason’s house, they searched for them to bring them out to the public assembly.

Envy » Exemplified » Joseph's brethren

Genesis 37:11

His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.

Envy » Exemplified » Edomites

Ezekiel 35:11

therefore, as I live”—the declaration of the Lord God—“I will treat you according to the anger and jealousy you showed in your hatred of them. I will make Myself known among them when I judge you.

Envy » Exemplified » saul

1 Samuel 18:8

Saul was furious and resented this song. “They credited tens of thousands to David,” he complained, “but they only credited me with thousands. What more can he have but the kingdom?”

Envy » The place where envy exists

James 3:13-16

Who is wise and understanding among you? He should show his works by good conduct with wisdom's gentleness. But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your heart, don't brag and lie in defiance of the truth. Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. read more.
For where envy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every kind of evil.

Envy » Produced by foolish disputations

1 Timothy 6:4

he is conceited, understanding nothing, but has a sick interest in disputes and arguments over words. From these come envy, quarreling, slander, evil suspicions,

Envy » Hinders growth in grace

1 Peter 2:1-2

So rid yourselves of all wickedness, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all slander. Like newborn infants, desire the unadulterated spiritual milk, so that you may grow by it in [your] salvation,

Envy » None can stand before

Proverbs 27:4

Fury is cruel, and anger a flood,
but who can withstand jealousy?

Envy » Exemplified » Princes of babylon

Daniel 6:3-4

Daniel distinguished himself above the administrators and satraps because he had an extraordinary spirit, so the king planned to set him over the whole realm. The administrators and satraps, therefore, kept trying to find a charge against Daniel regarding the kingdom. But they could find no charge or corruption, for he was trustworthy, and no negligence or corruption was found in him.

Envy » Exemplified » Laban's sons

Genesis 31:1

Now Jacob heard what Laban’s sons were saying: “Jacob has taken all that was our father’s and has built this wealth from what belonged to our father.”

Envy » Punishment of

Isaiah 26:11

Lord, Your hand is lifted up to take action,
but they do not see it.
They will see Your zeal for Your people,
and they will be put to shame.
The fire for Your adversaries will consume them!

Envy » The wicked » Being Full of

Envy » Instances of » Joshua, of eldad and medad

Numbers 11:28-30

Joshua son of Nun, assistant to Moses since his youth, responded, "Moses, my lord, stop them!" But Moses asked him, "Are you jealous on my account? If only all the Lord's people were prophets, and the Lord would place His Spirit on them." Then Moses returned to the camp along with the elders of Israel.

Envy » Exemplified » Haman

Esther 5:13

Still, none of this satisfies me since I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the King’s Gate all the time.”

Envy » Exemplified » Cain

Envy » Instances of » Miriam and aaron, of moses

Numbers 12:1-10

Miriam and Aaron criticized Moses because of the Cushite woman he married (for he had married a Cushite woman). They said, "Does the Lord speak only through Moses? Does He not also speak through us?" And the Lord heard [it]. Moses was a very humble man, more so than any man on the face of the earth. read more.
Suddenly the Lord said to Moses, Aaron, and Miriam, "You three come out to the tent of meeting." So the three of them went out. Then the Lord descended in a pillar of cloud, stood at the entrance to the tent, and summoned Aaron and Miriam. When the two of them came forward, He said: "Listen to what I say: If there is a prophet among you from the Lord, I make Myself known to him in a vision; I speak with him in a dream. Not so with My servant Moses; he is faithful in all My household. I speak with him directly, openly, and not in riddles; he sees the form of the Lord. So why were you not afraid to speak against My servant Moses?" The Lord's anger burned against them, and He left. As the cloud moved away from the tent, Miriam's [skin] suddenly became diseased, as [white] as snow. When Aaron turned toward her, he saw that she was diseased

Envy » Exemplified » Chief priests

Envy » Inconsistent with » The gospel

James 3:14

But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your heart, don’t brag and deny the truth.

Envy » Leads to every evil work

Envy » The wicked » Live in

Envy » What lusts to envy

James 4:5

Or do you think it’s without reason the Scripture says that the Spirit who lives in us yearns jealously?

Envy » Instances of » Philistines, of isaac

Genesis 26:14

He had flocks of sheep, herds of cattle, and many slaves, and the Philistines were envious of him.

Envy » Instances of » Leah, of rachel

Genesis 30:15

But Leah replied to her, “Isn’t it enough that you have taken my husband? Now you also want to take my son’s mandrakes?”“Well,” Rachel said, “you can sleep with him tonight in exchange for your son’s mandrakes.”

Envy » Instances of » Cain, of abel

Genesis 4:4-8

And Abel also presented [an offering]-some of the firstborn of his flock and their fat portions. The Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, but He did not have regard for Cain and his offering. Cain was furious, and he was downcast. Then the Lord said to Cain, "Why are you furious? And why are you downcast? read more.
If you do right, won't you be accepted? But if you do not do right, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must master it." Cain said to his brother Abel, "Let's go out to the field." And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.

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

Genesis 31:1

Now Jacob heard what Laban’s sons were saying: “Jacob has taken all that was our father’s and has built this wealth from what belonged to our father.”

Envy » Instances of » Haman, of mordecai

Esther 5:13

Still, none of this satisfies me since I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the King’s Gate all the time.”

Envy » Instances of » Rachel, of leah

Genesis 30:1

When Rachel saw that she was not bearing Jacob any children, she envied her sister. “Give me sons, or I will die!” she said to Jacob.

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

Daniel 6:4

The administrators and satraps, therefore, kept trying to find a charge against Daniel regarding the kingdom. But they could find no charge or corruption, for he was trustworthy, and no negligence or corruption was found in him.

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Genesis 37:11

His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.

Topics on Envy

Avoid Envy

60;2;1

So rid yourselves of all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all slander.

Envy, Example Of

1;4;5

but He did not have regard for Cain and his offering. Cain was furious, and he looked despondent.

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