Thursday, November 12, 2009


Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.
Exodus 20:17

"For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth."

Psalm 10:3

Of all the commandments, the Tenth is probably the most contentious. Depending on how it is read, it is probably the most difficult to adhere to (for most).

What is the definition of the word Covet?
Covet, is an intransitive verb: to feel inordinate desire for what belongs to another.

The desire for what others have is wrong because that leads to attempts to steal the possessions of others.

“And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth” (Luke 12:15)

Food 4 Thought (you do the dishes): Whatever a person has is due to the work of God; therefore desiring what a person has, is in effect a desire that God act differently.

And Again:

When a person covets the possessions of another, you spend a lot of time wishing for things you don’t have, you won’t be spending your time appreciating (or being content with) the things you do have.

Some say that the inclusion of ‘wife’ along with material possessions suggests that the commandment was directed only at men.

“Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created” (Genesis 5:1-3).

Adam called his wife eve. God called them both Adam. Man is the species, therefore more often than not when man is written the Bible it speaks to men and women.

A common interpretation of the Tenth Commandment is that it refers not only to mere coveting, but rather how such coveting can lead one to dispossess others of their possessions through fraud or violence.

"Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practice it, because it is in the power of their hand. And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage” (Micah 2:1-2).

Unlike the other nine, the 10th commandment speaks to the social relationship between rich and powerful, and the poor and weak. Like every society ancient and contemporary there were social and class divisions. These divisions made it possible for the powerful to abuse their positions to get what they wanted from the weaker. Thus, this commandment has been treated as a condemnation of behavior which unjustly benefits one at the expense of others.

For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God (Ephesians 5:5)

When a person covets another’s possessions those possessions become an idol. And as was addressed in Commandment 2, idolatry is not good; to say the least.

"Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight. Incline my heart unto thy testimonies and not to covetousness… and quicken thou me in thy way." (Psalm 119:35-37)

"Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content."
Philippians 4:11

May the Lord add a blessing to the study of His Word.

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Extra scriptures

Deuteronomy 5:21-29

Proverbs 28:16

1Corinthians 6:10

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