Central church of Christ 

New Smyrna Beach, Fl 

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

Dealing With Issues: Envy.

A desire for another’s gifts, possessions, position or achievements, closely associated with jealousy.




Envy forbidden

Ps 37:1 See also Pr 3:31; 24:1; Gal 5:26.



Causes of envy

Envy is the result of human sin Gal 5:19-21 See also Pr 23:17; Mt 15:19-20; Mk 7:21-23; Ro 1:29; 1Co 3:3; 1Ti 6:4; Tit 3:3; 1Pe 2:1-2.



Envy arises from the good fortune of others 

Ge 26:12-14; 1Sa 18:6-8; Ps 73:3; Mt 20:12-15.



Love does not envy others 1Co 13:4.



Envy arises from the spiritual abilities of others

Ps 106:16-18; Ac 13:44-45 See also Nu 11:28-30; 12:2; 16:1-3; Mt 27:18 pp Mk 15:10; Ac 17:5; Php 1:15.



Examples of envy:


1) Cain envies Abel Ge 4:3-5.


2) Esau envies Jacob Ge 27:41.


3) Rachel envies Leah Ge 30:1.


4) The brothers envy Joseph Ge 37:4.



Results of envy

Job 5:2 See also Pr 14:30; Ecc 4:4; Jas 3:14-16


In some cases, envy can be used by God Ro 10:19; 11:11,13-14 Paul hopes that the Gentiles’ response to the gospel might make Israel want its blessings as well. See also Dt 32:21.