Covetousness
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Easton's Bible Dictionary
A strong desire after the possession of worldly things (Colossians 3:5; Ephesians 5:5; Hebrews 13:5; 1 Timothy 6:9, 10; Matthew 6:20). It assumes sometimes the more aggravated form of avarice, which is the Mark of cold-hearted worldliness.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) Strong desire.

2. (n.) A strong or inordinate desire of obtaining and possessing some supposed good; excessive desire for riches or money; -- in a bad sense.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
COVETOUSNESS

kuv'-et-us-nes: Has a variety of shades of meaning determined largely by the nature of the particular word used, or the context, or both. Following are some of the uses:

(1) To gain dishonestly (batsa`), e.g. the King James Version Exodus 18:21 Ezekiel 33:31.

(2) The wish to have more than one possesses, inordinately, of course (pleonexia), e.g. Luke 12:15 1 Thessalonians 2:5.

(3) An inordinate love of money philarguros, the King James Version Luke 16:14 2 Timothy 3:2; philarguria, 1 Timothy 6:10; negative in Hebrews 13:5, the King James Version.

Covetousness is a very grave sin; indeed, so heinous is it that the Scriptures class it among the very gravest and grossest crimes (Ephesians 5:3). In Colossians 3:5 it is "idolatry," while in 1 Corinthians 6:10 it is set forth as excluding a man from heaven. Its heinousness, doubtless, is accounted for by its being in a very real sense the root of so many other forms of sin, e.g. departure from the faith (1 Timothy 6:9, 10); lying (2 Kings 5:22-25); theft (Joshua 7:21); domestic trouble (Proverbs 15:27); murder (Ezekiel 22:12); indeed, it leads to "many foolish and hurtful lusts" (1 Timothy 6:9). Covetousness has always been a very serious menace to mankind, whether in the Old Testament or New Testament period. It was one of the first sins that broke out after Israel had entered into the promised land (Achan, Jos 7); and also in the early Christian church immediately after its founding (Ananias and Sapphira, Acts 5); hence, so many warnings against it. A careful reading of the Old Testament will reveal the fact that a very great part of the Jewish law-such as its enactments and regulations regarding duties toward the poor, toward servants; concerning gleaning, usury, pledges, gold and silver taken during war-was introduced and intended to counteract the spirit of covetousness.

Eerdmans maintains (Expos, July, 1909) that the commandment, "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house" (Exodus 20:17), meant to the Israelite that he should not take anything of his neighbor's possessions that were momentarily unprotected by their owner. Compare Exodus 34:23. Thus, it refers to a category of acts that is not covered by the commandment, "Thou shalt not steal." It is an oriental habit of mind from of old that when anyone sees abandoned goods which he thinks desirable, there is not the least objection to taking them, and Exodus 20:17 b is probably an explanation of what is to be understood by "house" in Exodus 20:17 a.

Examples of covetousness: Achan (Joshua 7); Saul (1 Samuel 15:9, 19); Judas (Matthew 26:14, 15); Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11); Balaam (2 Peter 2:15 with Jude 1:11).

William Evans

Greek
4124. pleonexia -- advantage, covetousness
... advantage, covetousness. Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration: pleonexia
Phonetic Spelling: (pleh-on-ex-ee'-ah) Short Definition: covetousness ...
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866. aphilarguros -- without love of money
... without covetousness, not greedy. From a (as a negative particle) and philarguros;
unavaricious -- without covetousness, not greedy of filthy lucre. ...
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5365. philarguria -- love of money, avarice
... Transliteration: philarguria Phonetic Spelling: (fil-ar-goo-ree'-ah) Short Definition:
love of money, avarice Definition: love of money, avarice, covetousness. ...
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Strong's Hebrew
1215. betsa -- gain made by violence, unjust gain, profit
... covetousness, dishonest gain, lucre, profit. From batsa'; plunder; by extension,
gain (usually unjust) -- covetousness, (dishonest) gain, lucre, profit. ...
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1214. batsa -- to cut off, break off, gain by violence
... be covetous, cut off, finish, fulfill, gain greedily, be given to covetousness,
greedy,. A primitive root to break off, ie (usually ...
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Library

Whether Covetousness is a Sin?
... OF THE VICES OPPOSED TO LIBERALITY, AND IN THE FIRST PLACE, OF COVETOUSNESS
(EIGHT ARTICLES) Whether covetousness is a sin? Objection ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether covetousness is a sin.htm

Whether Covetousness is Opposed to Liberality?
... OF THE VICES OPPOSED TO LIBERALITY, AND IN THE FIRST PLACE, OF COVETOUSNESS
(EIGHT ARTICLES) Whether covetousness is opposed to liberality? ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether covetousness is opposed to.htm

Whether Covetousness is a Special Sin?
... OF THE VICES OPPOSED TO LIBERALITY, AND IN THE FIRST PLACE, OF COVETOUSNESS
(EIGHT ARTICLES) Whether covetousness is a special sin? ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether covetousness is a special.htm

Whether Covetousness is the Greatest of Sins?
... OF THE VICES OPPOSED TO LIBERALITY, AND IN THE FIRST PLACE, OF COVETOUSNESS
(EIGHT ARTICLES) Whether covetousness is the greatest of sins? ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether covetousness is the greatest.htm

Whether Covetousness is a Spiritual Sin?
... OF THE VICES OPPOSED TO LIBERALITY, AND IN THE FIRST PLACE, OF COVETOUSNESS
(EIGHT ARTICLES) Whether covetousness is a spiritual sin? ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether covetousness is a spiritual.htm

Whether Covetousness is a Capital vice?
... OF THE VICES OPPOSED TO LIBERALITY, AND IN THE FIRST PLACE, OF COVETOUSNESS
(EIGHT ARTICLES) Whether covetousness is a capital vice? ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether covetousness is a capital.htm

Whether Prodigality is Opposite to Covetousness?
... OF PRODIGALITY (THREE ARTICLES) Whether prodigality is opposite to covetousness?
Objection 1: It seems that prodigality is not opposite to covetousness. ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether prodigality is opposite to.htm

Whether Covetousness is Always a Mortal Sin?
... OF THE VICES OPPOSED TO LIBERALITY, AND IN THE FIRST PLACE, OF COVETOUSNESS
(EIGHT ARTICLES) Whether covetousness is always a mortal sin? ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether covetousness is always a.htm

Whether Covetousness is the Root of all Sins?
... OF THE CAUSE OF SIN, IN RESPECT OF ONE SIN BEING THE CAUSE OF ANOTHER (FOUR
ARTICLES) Whether covetousness is the root of all sins? ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether covetousness is the root.htm

Whether These vices Arise from Covetousness?
... OF VICES OPPOSED TO PRUDENCE BY WAY OF RESEMBLANCE (EIGHT ARTICLES) Whether
these vices arise from covetousness? Objection 1: It ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether these vices arise from.htm

Thesaurus
Covetousness (22 Occurrences)
...COVETOUSNESS. kuv'-et-us-nes: Has a variety of shades of meaning determined largely
by the nature of the particular word used, or the context, or both. ...
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Greed (19 Occurrences)
... Keep yourselves from covetousness, for a man's life doesn't consist of the
abundance of the things which he possesses." (See NAS NIV). ...
/g/greed.htm - 12k

Covetous (11 Occurrences)
... Mark 7:22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye,
blasphemy, pride, foolishness: (Root in KJV WEY DBY WBS YLT). ...
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Whoredom (58 Occurrences)
... Romans 1:29 having been filled with all unrighteousness, whoredom, wickedness,
covetousness, malice; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil dispositions ...
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Immorality (38 Occurrences)
... Romans 1:29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness,
covetousness, malice; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil habits ...
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Sexual (59 Occurrences)
... Romans 1:29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness,
covetousness, malice; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil habits ...
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Fornication (52 Occurrences)
... Romans 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness,
covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity ...
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Dealeth (22 Occurrences)
... Jeremiah 6:13 For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one
is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one ...
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Deceit (160 Occurrences)
... Scripture represented as a companion of many other forms of wickedness, as cursing
(Psalm 10:7), hatred (Proverbs 26:24), theft, covetousness, adultery, murder ...
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Bounty (14 Occurrences)
... for the Christians of Judea is termed a "bounty," a blessing, liberally given:
"and not of extortion" (the King James Version "of covetousness," 2 Corinthians ...
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Concordance
Covetousness (22 Occurrences)

Mark 7:22
Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
(KJV WEY DBY WBS)

Luke 12:15
He said to them, "Beware! Keep yourselves from covetousness, for a man's life doesn't consist of the abundance of the things which he possesses."
(WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT RSV)

Romans 1:29
being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, malice; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil habits, secret slanderers,
(WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT RSV)

Romans 7:7
What follows? Is the Law itself a sinful thing? No, indeed; on the contrary, unless I had been taught by the Law, I should have known nothing of sin as sin. For instance, I should not have known what covetousness is, if the Law had not repeatedly said, "Thou shalt not covet."
(WEY YLT)

Romans 7:8
Thou shalt not covet;' and the sin having received an opportunity, through the command, did work in me all covetousness -- for apart from law sin is dead.
(YLT RSV)

2 Corinthians 9:5
Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren, that they would go before unto you, and make up beforehand your bounty, whereof ye had notice before, that the same might be ready, as a matter of bounty, and not as of covetousness.
(KJV WBS YLT NAS)

Ephesians 5:3
But sexual immorality, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not even be mentioned among you, as becomes saints;
(WEB KJV WEY ASV WBS YLT RSV)

Colossians 3:5
Put to death therefore your members which are on the earth: sexual immorality, uncleanness, depraved passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry;
(WEB KJV ASV WBS YLT RSV)

1 Thessalonians 2:5
For neither were we at any time found using words of flattery, as you know, nor a cloak of covetousness (God is witness),
(WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT)

Hebrews 13:5
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
(KJV WBS YLT)

2 Peter 2:3
In covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words: whose sentence now from of old doesn't linger, and their destruction will not slumber.
(WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT)

2 Peter 2:14
having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; enticing unstedfast souls; having a heart exercised in covetousness; children of cursing;
(ASV DBY YLT)

Exodus 18:21
Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens:
(KJV DBY WBS)

Psalms 119:36
Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.
(KJV JPS ASV WBS)

Proverbs 28:16
The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.
(KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS)

Isaiah 57:17
For the iniquity of his covetousness was I angry, and struck him; I hid my face and was angry; and he went on backsliding in the way of his heart.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS RSV)

Jeremiah 6:13
For from the least of them even to the greatest of them everyone is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even to the priest everyone deals falsely.
(WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS)

Jeremiah 8:10
Therefore will I give their wives to others, and their fields to those who shall possess them: for everyone from the least even to the greatest is given to covetousness; from the prophet even to the priest every one deals falsely.
(WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS)

Jeremiah 22:17
But your eyes and your heart are not but for your covetousness, and for shedding innocent blood, and for oppression, and for violence, to do it.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS)

Jeremiah 51:13
You who dwell on many waters, abundant in treasures, your end has come, the measure of your covetousness.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS)

Ezekiel 33:31
And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.
(KJV JPS WBS)

Habakkuk 2:9
Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil!
(KJV WBS)

Subtopics

Covetousness

Covetousness in Building Fine Houses While the House of the Lord Lay Waste

Covetousness in Buying Esau's Birthright

Covetousness in Deceiving Jacob in Wages

Covetousness in Deceiving Jacob when he Served Him Seven Years for Rachel

Covetousness in Defrauding Esau of His, Father's Blessing

Covetousness in Defrauding Laban of his Flocks and Herds

Covetousness in Exacting Usury from Their Brethren

Covetousness in Following Jesus Merely for the Loaves and Fish

Covetousness in Giving Rebekah to be Isaac's Wife

Covetousness in Keeping Back the Portion of the Levites

Covetousness is Idolatry

Covetousness is Inconsistent in Saints

Covetousness is Inconsistent: Specially in Ministers

Covetousness is Never Satisfied

Covetousness is the Root of all Evil

Covetousness is Vanity

Covetousness: A Characteristic of the Slothful

Covetousness: A Characteristic of the Wicked

Covetousness: Abhorred by God

Covetousness: Achan

Covetousness: Achan, in Hiding the Treasure

Covetousness: Ahab

Covetousness: Ahab, in Desiring Naboth's Vineyard

Covetousness: Ananias

Covetousness: Avoid Those Guilty of

Covetousness: Babylon

Covetousness: Balaam

Covetousness: Balaam, in Loving the Wages of Unrighteousness

Covetousness: Beware of

Covetousness: Comes from the Heart

Covetousness: Commended by the Wicked Alone

Covetousness: David, of Bath-Sheba

Covetousness: Demas in Forsaking Paul for Love of the World

Covetousness: Demetrius, in Raising a Riot Against Paul and Silas

Covetousness: Eli's Sons

Covetousness: Eli's Sons, in Taking the Flesh of the Sacrifice

Covetousness: Engrosses the Heart

Covetousness: Eve, in Desiring the Forbidden Fruit

Covetousness: Excludes from Heaven

Covetousness: Felix

Covetousness: Festus, in Hoping for a Bribe from Paul

Covetousness: Forbidden

Covetousness: Gehazi

Covetousness: Gehazi, in Taking a Gift from Naaman

Covetousness: General Scriptures Concerning

Covetousness: Hated by Saints

Covetousness: Jewish People

Covetousness: Judas

Covetousness: Judas, in Betraying Jesus for Twenty Pieces of Silver

Covetousness: Laban

Covetousness: Leads to Departure from the Faith

Covetousness: Leads to Domestic Affliction

Covetousness: Leads to Foolish and Hurtful Lusts

Covetousness: Leads to Injustice and Oppression

Covetousness: Leads to Lying

Covetousness: Leads to Misery

Covetousness: Leads to Murder

Covetousness: Leads to Poverty

Covetousness: Leads to Theft

Covetousness: Lot, in Choosing the Plain of the Jordan

Covetousness: Money-Changers in the Temple

Covetousness: Nobles of the Jews

Covetousness: Pharisees

Covetousness: Pray Against

Covetousness: Punishment of

Covetousness: Reward of Those Who Hate

Covetousness: Samuel's Sons

Covetousness: Samuel's Sons, in Taking Bribes

Covetousness: Saul

Covetousness: Saul, in Sparing, Agag and the Booty

Covetousness: Shall Abound in the Last Days

Covetousness: Simon Magus, in Trying to Buy the Gift of the Holy Spirit

Covetousness: The Pharisees

Covetousness: The Rich Fool

Covetousness: The Rich Young Ruler

Covetousness: The Sorcerers, in Filing Complaint Against Paul and Silas

Covetousness: The Unjust Steward

Covetousness: To be Mortified by Saints

Covetousness: Woe Denounced Against

Covetousness: Young Man

Related Terms

Greed (19 Occurrences)

Covetous (11 Occurrences)

Whoredom (58 Occurrences)

Immorality (38 Occurrences)

Sexual (59 Occurrences)

Fornication (52 Occurrences)

Dealeth (22 Occurrences)

Deceit (160 Occurrences)

Bounty (14 Occurrences)

Cloke (7 Occurrences)

Greedy (24 Occurrences)

Lewdness (68 Occurrences)

Envy (56 Occurrences)

Conversation (30 Occurrences)

Deals (34 Occurrences)

Cloak (73 Occurrences)

Greatest (45 Occurrences)

Idolatry (14 Occurrences)

Falsely (72 Occurrences)

Uncleanness (56 Occurrences)

Family (438 Occurrences)

Eye (145 Occurrences)

Unclean (393 Occurrences)

Least (76 Occurrences)

Kind (290 Occurrences)

Kinds (110 Occurrences)

Notice (44 Occurrences)

Unrighteousness (57 Occurrences)

Unestablished (1 Occurrence)

Observe (216 Occurrences)

Opportunity (35 Occurrences)

One's (59 Occurrences)

Oppressor (28 Occurrences)

Licentiousness (10 Occurrences)

Lingereth (2 Occurrences)

Linger (7 Occurrences)

Lacketh (17 Occurrences)

Lust (42 Occurrences)

Lasciviousness (9 Occurrences)

Gossips (5 Occurrences)

Wanteth (7 Occurrences)

Whereof (94 Occurrences)

Instance (9 Occurrences)

Impurity (42 Occurrences)

Improper (3 Occurrences)

Injurious (8 Occurrences)

Inordinate (2 Occurrences)

Flattering (11 Occurrences)

Feigned (8 Occurrences)

Frowardly (1 Occurrence)

Formerly (55 Occurrences)

Follows (65 Occurrences)

Fitting (29 Occurrences)

Flattery (11 Occurrences)

Thefts (4 Occurrences)

Rachel (42 Occurrences)

Reckless (8 Occurrences)

Repeatedly (28 Occurrences)

Reviling (47 Occurrences)

Elisha (70 Occurrences)

Exhort (37 Occurrences)

Extortiofn (1 Occurrence)

Extortion (14 Occurrences)

Exploit (4 Occurrences)

Discourse (25 Occurrences)

Depraved (12 Occurrences)

Depravity (4 Occurrences)

Debate (13 Occurrences)

Deceptive (11 Occurrences)

Dispositions (2 Occurrences)

Moulded (2 Occurrences)

Mentioned (30 Occurrences)

Malice (24 Occurrences)

Mask (3 Occurrences)

Malignity (1 Occurrence)

Misery (38 Occurrences)

Mortify (2 Occurrences)

Maliciousness (2 Occurrences)

Practised (13 Occurrences)

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