Never miss a post

Theasaurus: Envy

12 Bible Verses about Envy

Most Relevant Verses

Acts 17:5

But the Jewish leaders became jealous, and they took some contemptible characters who used to hang out in the public square, formed a mob, and started a riot in the city. They attacked Jason's home and searched it for Paul and Silas in order to bring them out to the people.

Proverbs 27:4

Wrath can be fierce and anger overwhelms but who can stand up to jealousy?

Galatians 5:19-21

Now the actions of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, promiscuity, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, rivalry, jealously, outbursts of anger, quarrels, conflicts, factions, envy, murder, drunkenness, wild partying, and things like that. I am telling you now, as I have told you in the past, that people who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

1 Timothy 6:4

he is a conceited person and does not understand anything. He has an unhealthy craving for arguments and debates. This produces jealousy, rivalry, slander, evil suspicions,

1 Peter 2:1-2

Therefore, rid yourselves of every kind of evil and deception, hypocrisy, jealousy, and every kind of slander. Like newborn babies, thirst for the pure milk of the word so that by it you may grow in your salvation.

From Thematic Bible


Envy » Forbidden

Psalm 37:1

Don't be angry because of those who do evil, do not be jealous because of those who commit iniquity.

Galatians 5:26

Let's stop being arrogant, provoking one another and envying one another.

Proverbs 3:31

Do not envy a violent man, and do not emulate his lifestyle.

Envy » Forbidden » Examples of

Numbers 16:3

They gathered together against Moses and Aaron and told them, "You have appropriated too much for yourselves from the entire congregation, since all of them are holy, and the LORD is among them, too. Why do you exalt yourselves over the LORD's assembly?"

Daniel 6:4

Because of this, the administrators and regional authorities tried to bring allegations of dereliction of duty in government affairs against Daniel, but they were unable to find any charges of corruption. Daniel was trustworthy, and no evidence of negligence or corruption could be found against him.

Genesis 26:14

He owned so many sheep, cattle, and servants that the Philistines eventually became envious of him.

Genesis 37:11

As a result, his brothers became more envious of him. But his father kept thinking about all of this.

Envy » Who not to envy

Psalm 37:1-2

Don't be angry because of those who do evil, do not be jealous because of those who commit iniquity. Indeed, they soon will wither like grass, and like green herbs they will fade away.

Proverbs 24:1-2

Don't be envious of wicked men or wish you were with them, because they plan violence, and they are always talking about trouble.

Proverbs 3:31

Do not envy a violent man, and do not emulate his lifestyle.

Envy » Not envying

Galatians 5:26

Let's stop being arrogant, provoking one another and envying one another.

Envy » Prosperity of the wicked should not excite

Psalm 37:1

Don't be angry because of those who do evil, do not be jealous because of those who commit iniquity.

Psalm 73:17-20

until I entered the sanctuaries of God. Then I understood their destiny. You have certainly set them in slippery places; you will make them fall to their ruin. How desolate they quickly become, completely destroyed by calamities. read more.
Like a dream when one awakens, Lord, you will despise their image when you arise.

Envy » A proof of carnal-mindedness

1 Corinthians 3:1

Brothers, I couldn't talk to you as spiritual people but as worldly people, as mere infants in the Messiah.

Envy » Instances of » Priests, of jesus

John 11:47

So the high priests and the Pharisees assembled the Council and said, "What are we going to do? This man is performing many signs.

Envy » What envy does

Job 5:1-2

"Cry out, won't you! Is there anyone who will answer you? To whom will you turn among the holy ones? For wrath will slay a fool; zealous anger will kill the naive.

Envy » A work of the flesh

Galatians 5:21

envy, murder, drunkenness, wild partying, and things like that. I am telling you now, as I have told you in the past, that people who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

James 4:5

Or do you think the Scripture means nothing when it says that the Spirit that God caused to live in us jealously yearns for us?

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

Genesis 37:4-11

When Joseph's brothers realized that their father loved him more than all of his brothers, they hated him so much that they were unable to speak politely to him. Right about this time, Joseph had a dream and then told it to his brothers. As a result, his brothers hated him all the more! "Let me tell you about this dream that I had!" he said. read more.
"We were tying sheaves together out in the middle of the fields, when all of a sudden, my sheaf stood up erect! And then your sheaves gathered around it and bowed down to my sheaf!" At this, his brothers replied, "Do you really think you're going to rule us or lord it over us?" So they hated him even more because of his dreams and his interpretations of them. But then he had another dream, and he proceeded to tell his brothers about that one, too. "I had another dream," he said. "The sun, moon, and eleven of the stars were bowing down before me!" When Joseph told his father about this, his father rebuked him and asked him, "What kind of dream is that? Will I, your mother, and your brothers really come to you and bow down to the ground in front of you?" As a result, his brothers became more envious of him. But his father kept thinking about all of this.

Genesis 37:19-20

"Look!" they said. "Here comes the Dream Master! Come on! Let's kill him and toss him into one of the cisterns. Then we'll report that some wild animal devoured him and wait to see what becomes of his dreams!"

Acts 7:9

"Joseph's brothers became jealous of him and sold Joseph as a slave in Egypt. However, God was with him

Envy » Hurtful to the envious

Job 5:2

For wrath will slay a fool; zealous anger will kill the naive.

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

Numbers 16:3

They gathered together against Moses and Aaron and told them, "You have appropriated too much for yourselves from the entire congregation, since all of them are holy, and the LORD is among them, too. Why do you exalt yourselves over the LORD's assembly?"

Psalm 106:16-18

They were envious of Moses in the camp, and of Aaron, the holy one of the LORD. The earth opened and swallowed Dathan, closing over Abiram's clan. Then a fire burned among their company, a flame that set the wicked ablaze.

Envy » Exemplified

Acts 13:45

But when the Jewish leaders saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began to object to the statements made by Paul and even to abuse him.

Acts 17:5

But the Jewish leaders became jealous, and they took some contemptible characters who used to hang out in the public square, formed a mob, and started a riot in the city. They attacked Jason's home and searched it for Paul and Silas in order to bring them out to the people.

Envy » Instances of » Saul, of david

1 Samuel 18:29

Then Saul was even more afraid of David, and Saul was David's enemy from that time on.

1 Samuel 18:8-9

Saul was very angry and he did not like what the women sang. He told himself, "They have attributed tens of thousands to David, but to me they have attributed thousands. What else can he have but the kingdom?" From then on Saul kept his eye on David.

1 Samuel 20:31

As long as Jesse's son lives on the earth, neither you nor your kingdom will be established! Now send someone and bring David to me. He's a dead man!"

Envy » Instances of » Sarah, of hagar

Genesis 16:5-6

Then Sarai told Abram, "My suffering is your fault! I gave you my servant so you could have sex with her, and when she discovered that she was pregnant, she looked on me with contempt. May the LORD judge between you and me!" Abram answered Sarai, "Look, your servant is under your control, so do to her as you wish." So Sarai dealt so harshly with Hagar that she ran away from Sarai.

Genesis 21:9-10

Nevertheless, when Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian whom Hagar had borne to Abraham making fun of Isaac, she told Abraham, "Throw out this slave girl, along with her son, because this slave's son will never be a co-heir with my son Isaac!"

Envy » Who has envy among them

Envy » Exemplified » Joshua

Numbers 11:28-29

In response, Nun's son Joshua, Moses' attendant and one of his choice men, exclaimed, "My master Moses! Stop them!" "Are you jealous on account of me?" Moses asked in reply. "I wish all of the LORD's people were prophets and that the LORD would put his spirit upon them!"

Envy » Excited by good deeds of others

Ecclesiastes 4:4

Then I examined all sorts of work, including all kinds of excellent achievements that create envy in others. This also is pointless and chasing after the wind.

Envy » Instances of » Jews, of paul and barnabas

Acts 13:45

But when the Jewish leaders saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began to object to the statements made by Paul and even to abuse him.

Acts 17:5

But the Jewish leaders became jealous, and they took some contemptible characters who used to hang out in the public square, formed a mob, and started a riot in the city. They attacked Jason's home and searched it for Paul and Silas in order to bring them out to the people.

Envy » Exemplified » Joseph's brethren

Genesis 37:11

As a result, his brothers became more envious of him. But his father kept thinking about all of this.

Envy » Exemplified » Edomites

Ezekiel 35:11

therefore as I'm alive and living" declares the Lord GOD, "I'm going to deal with you as your anger deserves. When I judge you, I'll treat you like you did the Israelis that is, with the same kind of envy that motivated your constant hatred of them.

Envy » Exemplified » saul

1 Samuel 18:8

Saul was very angry and he did not like what the women sang. He told himself, "They have attributed tens of thousands to David, but to me they have attributed thousands. What else can he have but the kingdom?"

Envy » The place where envy exists

James 3:13-16

Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his noble conduct that his actions are done humbly and wisely. But if you have bitter jealousy and rivalry in your hearts, stop boasting and slandering the truth. That kind of wisdom does not come from above. No, it is worldly, self-centered, and demonic. read more.
For wherever jealousy and rivalry exist, there is disorder and every kind of evil.

Envy » Produced by foolish disputations

1 Timothy 6:4

he is a conceited person and does not understand anything. He has an unhealthy craving for arguments and debates. This produces jealousy, rivalry, slander, evil suspicions,

Envy » Hinders growth in grace

1 Peter 2:1-2

Therefore, rid yourselves of every kind of evil and deception, hypocrisy, jealousy, and every kind of slander. Like newborn babies, thirst for the pure milk of the word so that by it you may grow in your salvation.

Envy » None can stand before

Proverbs 27:4

Wrath can be fierce and anger overwhelms but who can stand up to jealousy?

Envy » Exemplified » Princes of babylon

Daniel 6:3-4

Daniel distinguished himself among all the administrators and regional authorities, because he was of an extraordinary spirit. Therefore the king planned to appoint him over the whole kingdom. Because of this, the administrators and regional authorities tried to bring allegations of dereliction of duty in government affairs against Daniel, but they were unable to find any charges of corruption. Daniel was trustworthy, and no evidence of negligence or corruption could be found against him.

Envy » Exemplified » Laban's sons

Genesis 31:1

Now Jacob used to listen while Laban's sons kept on complaining, "Jacob has taken over everything our father owns! He made himself wealthy from what belongs to our father!"

Envy » Punishment of

Isaiah 26:11

"LORD, your hand is lifted up, but they do not see it. And let them see your zeal for your people and be put to shame yes, let the fire reserved for your enemies consume them!

Envy » The wicked » Being Full of

Envy » Instances of » Joshua, of eldad and medad

Numbers 11:28-30

In response, Nun's son Joshua, Moses' attendant and one of his choice men, exclaimed, "My master Moses! Stop them!" "Are you jealous on account of me?" Moses asked in reply. "I wish all of the LORD's people were prophets and that the LORD would put his spirit upon them!" Then Moses that is, he and the elders of Israel returned to the camp.

Envy » Exemplified » Haman

Esther 5:13

But all this does not satisfy me every time I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king's gate."

Envy » Exemplified » Cain

Envy » Instances of » Miriam and aaron, of moses

Numbers 12:1-10

Miriam and Aaron rebelled against Moses on account of the Cushite woman that he had married. They asked, "Has the LORD spoken only through Moses? Hasn't he also spoken through us?" But the LORD heard it. Now the man Moses was very humble more than any person on earth. read more.
All of a sudden, the LORD told Moses, Aaron, and Miriam, "The three of you are to come out to the Tent of Meeting." So the three of them went out. Then the LORD came down in a pillar of cloud, stood at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting, and summoned Aaron and Miriam. So both of them went forward. Then he told the two of them: "Pay attention to what I have to say! When there is a prophet among you, won't I, the LORD, reveal myself to him in a vision? Won't I speak with him in a dream? But that's not how it is with my servant Moses, since he has been entrusted with my entire household! I speak to him audibly and in visions, not in mysteries. If he can gaze at the image of the LORD, why aren't you afraid to speak against my servant Moses?" Because the LORD was very angry with them, he left, but when the cloud ascended from the tent, Miriam had become leprous, as white as snow! Aaron turned toward Miriam, and she had leprosy!

Envy » Exemplified » Chief priests

Envy » Inconsistent with » The gospel

James 3:14

But if you have bitter jealousy and rivalry in your hearts, stop boasting and slandering 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 the Scripture means nothing when it says that the Spirit that God caused to live in us jealously yearns for us?

Envy » Instances of » Philistines, of isaac

Genesis 26:14

He owned so many sheep, cattle, and servants that the Philistines eventually became envious of him.

Envy » Instances of » Leah, of rachel

Genesis 30:15

In response, Leah asked her, "Wasn't it enough that you've taken away my husband? Now you also want to take my son's mandrakes!" But Rachel replied, "Okay, let's let Jacob sleep with you tonight in exchange for your son's mandrakes."

Envy » Instances of » Cain, of abel

Genesis 4:4-8

while Abel brought the best parts of some of the firstborn from his flock. The LORD looked favorably upon Abel and his offering, but he did not look favorably upon Cain and his offering. When Cain became very upset and depressed, the LORD asked Cain, "Why are you so upset? Why are you depressed? read more.
If you do what is appropriate, you'll be accepted, won't you? But if you don't do what is appropriate, sin is crouching near your doorway, turning toward you. Now as for you, will you take dominion over it?" Instead, Cain told his brother Abel, "Let's go out to the wilderness." When they were outside in the fields, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.

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

Genesis 31:1

Now Jacob used to listen while Laban's sons kept on complaining, "Jacob has taken over everything our father owns! He made himself wealthy from what belongs to our father!"

Envy » Instances of » Haman, of mordecai

Esther 5:13

But all this does not satisfy me every time I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king's gate."

Envy » Instances of » Rachel, of leah

Genesis 30:1

Rachel noticed that she was not bearing children for Jacob, so because she envied her sister Leah, she told Jacob, "If you don't give me sons, I'm going to die!"

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

Daniel 6:4

Because of this, the administrators and regional authorities tried to bring allegations of dereliction of duty in government affairs against Daniel, but they were unable to find any charges of corruption. Daniel was trustworthy, and no evidence of negligence or corruption could be found against him.

Home » Family » Hard to bear causes of » Envy

Genesis 37:11

As a result, his brothers became more envious of him. But his father kept thinking about all of this.

International Standard Version Copyright © 1996-2008 by the ISV Foundation.