Central church of Christ 

New Smyrna Beach, Fl 

Sunday Bible Study, 9am.    Sunday Worship, 10am & 5 pm.    Wednesday Bible Study, 7pm.

Dealing With Issues: Covetousness.

Coveting is desiring to possess something at the expense of the legitimate owner.




Coveting is forbidden by God:


1) In the Ten Commandments Ex 20:17; Dt 5:21; Ro 7:7-8 Coveting is provoked by the law that forbids it. See also Ro 13:9-10.


2) Through the prophets 

Isa 5:8; 57:17; Eze 33:31; Am 2:6; 5:11-12; 8:5-6; Mic 2:2.


3) In Jesus Christ’s teaching 

Mt 6:19-21 See also Lk 12:15.



Coveting has some terrible consequences

2Sa 11:2-4 adultery; 1Ki 21:18-19 murders; Failure to enter the kingdom of heaven: Mt 18:1-3; Mk 9:33-35; Lk 9:46-48; 1Co 6:9-10; Ac 5:3-10 God’s judgment.



Further examples of coveting

Jos 7:21 See also Dt 7:25; Jos 22:20 Achan; 1Sa 2:12-15 Eli’s sons; 1Sa 8:3 Samuel’s sons; 1Sa 15:9-10 Saul; Pr 30:16; Jer 6:13; 8:10; Hab 2:5 Israel’s enemies are likened to the grave, always swallowing people and never satisfied; Ac 8:13-23 Simon the sorcerer.



Believers may pray to be free from coveting

Ps 119:36.



Godly people claim not to have coveted

1) Samuel 1Sa 12:3-5.

2) Paul Ac 20:33 See also 1Co 9:12; 2Co 7:2; 11:9; 12:14-18; 1Th 2:5.




Coveting as a commendable earnest desiring:


1) A desire for the greater spiritual gifts: 1Co 12:31; 14:1,39.


2) Ti 3:1 a desire to serve in a leadership role in the church.