Here are the 30 most important Bible scriptures on envy.
“For you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.”
A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot.
Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear of the Lord all the day.
Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
1 Peter 2:1
So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.
1 Corinthians 13:4
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant.
1 Corinthians 3:3
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 Timothy 6:4
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.
2 Corinthians 12:20
For I fear that perhaps when I come I may find you not as I wish, and that you may find me not as you wish—that perhaps there may be quarreling, jealousy, anger, hostility, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder.
And the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
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.
Therefore, as I live, declares the Lord God, I will deal with you according to the anger and envy that you showed because of your hatred against them. And I will make myself known among them, when I judge you.
But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor.
For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.
Surely vexation kills the fool, and jealousy slays the simple.
For he perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered him up.
For he knew that it was out of envy that they had delivered him up.
Be not envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them.
Fret not yourself because of evildoers, and be not envious of the wicked.
It is not good to eat much honey, nor is it glorious to seek one’s own glory.
Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?
A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.
Do not envy a man of violence and do not choose any of his ways.
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!
Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
Be not afraid when a man becomes rich, when the glory of his house increases.
For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips.
But I ask, did Israel not understand? First Moses says, “I will make you jealous of those who are not a nation; with a foolish nation I will make you angry.”
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.
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Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Master's Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.