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  Envy Bible Quotes & Promises
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Bible Quotes
(for you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God),
(Exodus 34:14) ESV

Surely vexation kills the fool, and jealousy slays the simple.
(Job 5:2) ESV

For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
(Psalm 73:3) ESV

Do not envy a man of violence and do not choose any of his ways,
(Proverbs 3:31) ESV

A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot.
(Proverbs 14:30) ESV

Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear of the Lord all the day.
(Proverbs 23:17) ESV

Be not envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them,
(Proverbs 24:1) ESV

Fret not yourself because of evildoers, and be not envious of the wicked,
(Proverbs 24:19) ESV

Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?
(Proverbs 27:4) ESV

Then I saw that all toil and all skill in work come from a man's envy of his neighbor. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.
(Ecclesiastes 4:4) ESV

Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is strong as death, jealousy is fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the Lord.
(Song of Solomon 8:6) ESV

And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”
(Mark 7:20-23) ESV

For he perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered him up.
(Mark 15:10) ESV

Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy.
(Romans 13:13) ESV

For you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?
(1 Corinthians 3:3) ESV

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant
(1 Corinthians 13:4) ESV

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
(Galatians 5:19-21) ESV

Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
(Galatians 5:26) ESV

He is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions,
(1 Timothy 6:4) ESV

For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.
(Titus 3:3) ESV

For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.
(James 3:16) ESV

So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.
(1 Peter 2:1) ESV1

Inspirational Quotes from Famous People

Above all, you must fight conceit, envy, and every kind of ill-feeling in your heart.
--Abraham Cahan - Lithuanian Author Born 1860 Died 1951

Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.
--Buddha -Leader Born 563 BC Died 483 BC

Envy aims very high. 
--Ovid – Roman Poet Born 43 BC Died 17 AD

Envy comes from people's ignorance of, or lack of belief in, their own gifts.
--Jean Vanier – Canadian Philosopher Born 1928

Envy is the art of counting the other fellow's blessings instead of your own.
--Harold Coffin

Glamour cannot exist without personal social envy being a common and widespread emotion.
--John Berger – English Artist Born 1926

God's truth judges created things out of love, and Satan's truth judges them out of envy and hatred.
--Dietrich Bonhoeffer – German Theologian Born 1906 Died 1945

I have no respect for the passion of equality, which seems to me merely idealizing envy.
--Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. – American Judge Born 1841 Died 1935

It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.
--Aeschylus – Greek Poet Born 525 BC Died 456 BC

Jealousy is both reasonable and belongs to reasonable men, while envy is base and belongs to the base, for the one makes himself get good things by jealousy, while the other does not allow his neighbour to have them through envy.
--Aristotle – Greek Philosopher Born 384 BC Died 322 BC

Let age, not envy, draw wrinkles on thy cheeks.
--Thomas Browne – British Scientist Born 1605 Died 1682

Love looks through a telescope; envy, through a microscope.
--Josh Billings – American Comedian Born 1818 Died 1885

Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy.
--Heraclitus – Greek Philosopher Born 544 BC Died 483 BC

Pride, avarice, and envy are in every home.
--Thornton Wilder – American Novelist Born 1897 Died 19754

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Envy and the Bible

In Proverbs 14:30 the Bible says, "A sound heart is life to the body, But envy is rottenness to the bones." Likewise, the Bible advises, "Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity," (Psalm 37:1). Solomon wrote, "Do not be envious of evil men, Nor desire to be with them;" (Proverbs 24:1).

The Bible says that envy is a condition of heart seen in worldly, wicked people (Romans 1:29; 13:13; 1 Samuel 18:8-9, 29). Envy can be a problem in families (Genesis 4:4-8). The Bible also says that when Christians do not strive to be like the Lord that envy can be a problem for them as well (1 Corinthians 3:3; 2 Corinthians 12:20). Envy seems to breed other elements of ungodly behavior (James 3:14,16).

In Galatians 5:19-21 the Bible says, "Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, " {20} "idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissension, heresies, " {21} "envy murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God". Clearly, we cannot be envious of others and expect to go to heaven.

According to the Scriptures the remedy for envy is love (1 Corinthians 13:4). The Bible also says that we should separate ourselves from people who promote envy through their conduct (1 Timothy 6:4-5). Christians, because we are a people filled with Christ's love, are to avoid envying others (Galatians 5:26). Though envy may have been the Christian's problem in the past we are to live above it in the Lord (Titus 3:3; 1 Peter 2:1). It is impossible to be jealous and envious of those we truly love.2


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Definition of Envy

1. Malice; ill will; spite.

2. Chagrin, mortification, discontent, or uneasiness at the sight of another's excellence or good fortune, accompanied with some degree of hatred and a desire to possess equal advantages; malicious grudging; -- usually followed by of; as, they did this in envy of Caesar.

3. Emulation; rivalry.

4. Public odium; ill repute.

5. An object of envious notice or feeling.3




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