Memorable Bible Verses About Overcoming Jealousy

What does the Bible say about jealousy? Here's a list of the best bible verses on envy to help you overcome jealousy in relationships and insecurity. Cain is one of many Bible characters who were jealous, while other examples of jealousy in the Bible include the stories of Joseph's brothers and King Saul. The following bible quotes also include teachings of Jesus and memorable psalms.

Vote up the Bible scriptures on jealousy worth recommending to others struggling with the sin.

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  • Exodus 20:17
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    Exodus 20:17

    You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

    The command to not be jealous and covet what others have is one of the famous Ten Commandments.

  • Genesis 37:1-36
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    Genesis 37:1-36

    In this Bible story, Jacob had many sons but his favorite son was Joseph. Joseph's brothers were jealous of him and as a result, they sold him into slavery in Egypt. Sibling rivalry can be a form of jealousy.

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    Proverbs 14:30

    A heart at peace gives life to the body but envy rots the bones.

    When you are jealous a lot, you don't have peace and it can cause physical health issues due to the stress that comes along with harboring jealousy.

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    James 3:14-15

    But if you harbor envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspititual, demonic.

    An envious attitude is not something that Christians should have towards others.