a feeling of discontented or resentful
longing aroused by someone else's possessions, qualities, or luck.
Greek phthonos (displeased at
synonyms: jealousy, covetousness
The word "envy" is a
feeling of anger and frustration when somebody else has something we
wish we had. It is different than coveting which is wanting what
someone else has. Envy focuses on a person rather than a thing, and
it takes pleasure in that person's misfortune. The Bible identifies
envy as a fruit of the flesh and a byproduct of a relationship with
this world. Jesus promised that he would transform our hearts and
change us from the inside out. Ask God today to show you where you
might be envying somebody for some possession or anything else that
is making them happy. Seek the Lord and let his love fill you,
and say these words "less of me and more of him."
Verses about Envy
Psalms 73:3 -
For I was envious at
the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
Proverbs 23:17 -
Let not thine heart envy sinners:
but [be thou] in the fear of the LORD all the day long.
Proverbs 14:30 -
A sound heart [is] the life of the flesh: but envy the
rottenness of the bones.
Acts 17:5 -
But the Jews which believed not, 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.
Ezekiel 35:11 -
Therefore, [as] I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will even do according
to thine anger, and according to thine envy which
thou hast used out of thy hatred against them; and I will make
myself known among them, when I have judged thee.
Romans 1:29 -
Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness,
covetousness, maliciousness; full of
murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
1 Timothy 6:4 -
He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes
of words, whereof cometh
strife, railings, evil surmisings,
Titus 3:3 -
For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived,
serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy,
hateful, [and] hating one another.
Isaiah 26:11 -
LORD, [when] thy hand is lifted up, they will not see: [but] they
shall see, and be ashamed for [their] envy at
the people; yea, the fire of thine enemies shall devour them.
Acts 13:45 -
But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy,
and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul,
contradicting and blaspheming.
James 4:5 -
Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that
dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
Job 5:2 -
For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth
the silly one.
Proverbs 27:4 -
Wrath [is] cruel, and anger [is] outrageous; but who [is] able to
stand before envy?
Ecclesiastes 9:6 -
Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy,
is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in
any [thing] that is done under the sun.
Acts 7:9 -
And the patriarchs, moved with envy,
sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him,
Proverbs 3:31 - Envy thou
not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.
Mark 15:10 -
For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy.
Philippians 1:15 -
Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and
strife; and some also of good will:
Matthew 27:18 -
For he knew that for envy they
had delivered him.
Isaiah 11:13 -
The envy also
of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut
off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah,
and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.
Psalms 37:1 -
<[A Psalm] of David.> Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither
be thou envious against
the workers of iniquity.
Proverbs 24:19 -
Fret not thyself because of evil [men], neither be thou envious at
Psalms 73:3 -
For I was envious at
the foolish, [when] I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
Proverbs 24:1 -
Be not thou envious against
evil men, neither desire to be with them.
Where In Scripture Does It Talk About Envy?
Where In Scripture Does It Talk About Jealousy?
Where In Scripture Does It Talk About Temptation?
Where In Scripture Does It Talk About Covetousness?
Where in scripture does it mention the covetousness of Balaam?