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Theasaurus: Envy

12 Bible Verses about Envy

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Proverbs 23:17

Let not thy heart envy sinners, but persevere in the fear of the LORD all day long.

Acts 17:5

But the disobedient Jews, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort and gathered a company and set all the city on an uproar and assaulted the house of Jason and sought to bring them out to the people.

Proverbs 27:4

Wrath is cruel, and anger is impetuous, but who is able to stand before envy?

Galatians 5:19-21

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like; which I denounce, as I have also told you in time past that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

1 Timothy 6:4

he is puffed up, knowing nothing, but is driven mad concerning questions and controversy of words, of which comes envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,

1 Peter 2:1-2

Having therefore left all malice and all guile and hypocrisies and envies and all murmurings, as newborn babes, desire the rational milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby in health;

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Envy » Forbidden

Psalm 37:1

Aleph Do not be angry with the evildoers, neither be thou envious of the workers of iniquity.

Galatians 5:26

Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

Proverbs 3:31

Envy thou not the oppressor 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 unto them, We have had enough of you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them; why then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?

Daniel 6:4

Then the presidents and governors looked for occasions against Daniel on behalf of the kingdom, but they could find no occasion or fault because he was faithful, and no vice nor fault was found in him.

Genesis 26:14

for he had possession of flocks, possession of herds, great store of servants, and the Philistines envied him.

Envy » Who not to envy

Psalm 37:1-2

Aleph Do not be angry with the evildoers, neither be thou envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass and wither as the green herb.

Proverbs 24:1-2

Do not be envious of evil men, neither desire to be with them. For their heart studies robbery, and their lips speak evil.

Proverbs 3:31

Envy thou not the oppressor and choose none of his ways.

Proverbs 23:17

Let not thy heart envy sinners, but persevere in the fear of the LORD all day long.

Envy » Not envying

Galatians 5:26

Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

Envy » Prosperity of the wicked should not excite

Psalm 37:1

Aleph Do not be angry with the evildoers, neither be thou envious of the workers of iniquity.

Psalm 73:17-20

When I come into the sanctuary of God, then I shall understand their end. Surely thou didst set them in slippery places; in desolation thou shalt cause them to fall. How they are brought into desolation, as in a moment! They have come to an end; they are utterly consumed with terrors. read more.
As the dream of one who awakes; so, O Lord, when thou shalt rise up, thou shalt despise their appearances.

Envy » A proof of carnal-mindedness

1 Corinthians 3:1

And I, brothers, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.

Envy » Instances of » Priests, of jesus

John 11:47

Then the high priests and the Pharisees gathered a council and said, What shall we do? for this man does many signs.

Envy » What envy does

Job 5:1-2

Call now, if there shall be anyone to answer thee; and if there shall be any of the saints for thee to look unto? It is certain that wrath kills the foolish man, and envy consumes the covetous one.

Envy » A work of the flesh

Galatians 5:21

envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like; which I denounce, as I have also told you in time past that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

James 4:5

Do ye think that the scripture says in vain, The spirit that dwells in us lusts to envy?

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

Genesis 37:4-11

And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him and could not speak peaceably unto him. And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it to his brethren; and they hated him yet the more. And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed: read more.
For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about and made obeisance to my sheaf. And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? Or shalt thou indeed have dominion 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, saying, Behold, I have dreamed another dream; and, behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars made obeisance to me. And he told it to his father and to his brethren; and his father reprehended him and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth? And his brethren envied him; but his father kept the word.

Genesis 37:19-20

And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer comes; now therefore, come and let us slay him and cast him into a cistern, and we will say, Some evil beast has devoured him; and we shall see what will become of his dreams.

Acts 7:9

And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt, but God was with him

Envy » Hurtful to the envious

Job 5:2

It is certain that wrath kills the foolish man, and envy consumes the covetous one.

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

Numbers 16:3

and they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron and said unto them, We have had enough of you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them; why then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?

Psalm 106:16-18

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

Envy » Exemplified

Acts 13:45

But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy and spoke against that which Paul said, contradicting and blaspheming.

Acts 17:5

But the disobedient Jews, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort and gathered a company and set all the city on an uproar and assaulted the house of Jason and sought to bring them out to the people.

Envy » Instances of » Saul, of david

1 Samuel 18:29

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

1 Samuel 18:8-9

And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him, and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands; and what can he have more 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 the land, thou shalt not be established nor thy kingdom. Therefore, now send and bring him unto me, for he shall surely die.

Envy » Instances of » Sarah, of hagar

Genesis 16:5-6

Then Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee; I have given my maid into thy bosom, and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes; the LORD judge between me and thee. But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thy hand; do to her as it pleases thee. Then Sarai afflicted her, and she fled from her face.

Genesis 21:9-10

And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had born unto Abraham, mocking. Therefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son; for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac.

Envy » Who has envy among them

Envy » Exemplified » Joshua

Numbers 11:28-29

Then Joshua the son of Nun, the minister of Moses, one of his young men, answered and said, My lord Moses, forbid them. And Moses said unto him, Art thou jealous for my sake? It would be good that all 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

Again, I considered all travail and every right work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbour. This is also vanity and vexation of spirit.

Envy » Instances of » Jews, of paul and barnabas

Acts 13:45

But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy and spoke against that which Paul said, contradicting and blaspheming.

Acts 17:5

But the disobedient Jews, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort and gathered a company and set all the city on an uproar and assaulted the house of Jason and sought to bring them out to the people.

Envy » Exemplified » Joseph's brethren

Envy » Exemplified » Edomites

Ezekiel 35:11

Therefore, as I live, said the Lord GOD, I will even do according to thine anger and according to thine envy which thou hast used out of thy enmity against them; and I shall be known in them when I judge thee.

Envy » Exemplified » saul

1 Samuel 18:8

And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him, and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands; and what can he have more but the kingdom?

Envy » The place where envy exists

James 3:13-16

Who is wise and ready among you? let him show out of a good conversation his works in meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, boast not and do not be liars against the truth. This wisdom is not that which descends from above, but is earthly, natural, diabolical. read more.
For where there is envy and contention, there is confusion and every perverse work.

Envy » Produced by foolish disputations

1 Timothy 6:4

he is puffed up, knowing nothing, but is driven mad concerning questions and controversy of words, of which comes envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,

Envy » Hinders growth in grace

1 Peter 2:1-2

Having therefore left all malice and all guile and hypocrisies and envies and all murmurings, as newborn babes, desire the rational milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby in health;

Envy » None can stand before

Proverbs 27:4

Wrath is cruel, and anger is impetuous, but who is able to stand before envy?

Envy » Exemplified » Princes of babylon

Daniel 6:3-4

Then this Daniel was preferred above these governors and presidents because an overabundance of the Spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole kingdom. Then the presidents and governors looked for occasions against Daniel on behalf of the kingdom, but they could find no occasion or fault because he was faithful, and no vice nor fault was found in him.

Envy » Exemplified » Laban's sons

Genesis 31:1

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

Envy » Punishment of

Isaiah 26:11

LORD, when thy hand is withdrawn, they will not see: but they shall see in the end and be ashamed with the zeal of the people. And fire shall consume thine enemies.

Envy » The wicked » Being Full of

Envy » Instances of » Joshua, of eldad and medad

Numbers 11:28-30

Then Joshua the son of Nun, the minister of Moses, one of his young men, answered and said, My lord Moses, forbid them. And Moses said unto him, Art thou jealous for my sake? It would be good that all the LORD's people were prophets and that the LORD 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 avails me nothing so long as 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

And Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had taken; for he had taken an Ethiopian woman. And they said, Has the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? Has he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it. (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.) read more.
And the LORD spoke suddenly unto Moses and unto Aaron and unto Miriam, Come out ye three unto the tabernacle of the testimony. And they three came out. Then the LORD came down in the pillar of the cloud and stood in the door of the tabernacle and called Aaron and Miriam; and they both came forth. And he said, Hear now my words: If there is a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision and will speak unto him in dreams. My slave Moses is not so, who is faithful in all my house. With him I will speak mouth to mouth and by sight not by enigmas; he shall see the similitude of the LORD. Why then were ye not afraid to speak against my slave Moses? Then the anger of the LORD was kindled against them, and he departed. And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle, and, behold, Miriam was leprous as the snow; and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous.

Envy » Exemplified » Chief priests

Envy » Inconsistent with » The gospel

James 3:14

But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, boast not and do not be liars against the truth.

Envy » Leads to every evil work

Envy » The wicked » Live in

Envy » What lusts to envy

James 4:5

Do ye think that the scripture says in vain, The spirit that dwells in us lusts to envy?

Envy » Instances of » Philistines, of isaac

Genesis 26:14

for he had possession of flocks, possession of herds, great store of servants, and the Philistines envied him.

Envy » Instances of » Leah, of rachel

Genesis 30:15

And she said unto her, Is it a small matter that thou hast taken my husband and would thou take away 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 firstborn of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD looked upon Abel and his present, but he did not look upon Cain and his present. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. Then the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? read more.
If thou doest good, it shall certainly be accepted; and if thou doest not good, sin lies at the door. And his desire shall be unto thee, but thou must rule over him. And Cain talked with 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 the sons of Laban, saying, Jacob has taken away all that was our father's; and of that which was our father's, he has gotten all this glory.

Envy » Instances of » Haman, of mordecai

Esther 5:13

Yet all this avails me nothing 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 gave Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister and said unto Jacob, Give me sons, or else I will die.

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

Daniel 6:4

Then the presidents and governors looked for occasions against Daniel on behalf of the kingdom, but they could find no occasion or fault because he was faithful, and no vice nor fault was found in him.

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