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

Covetousness is desiring to have something that belongs to someone else.

No covetous man will be allowed to enter the Kingdom of God.

This is Paul's teaching (1 Cor. 6:10; Ephes. 5:5), and his teaching is infallible.

Are we covetous? If so, we must alter or for ever die. The covetousness which God condemns is the hankering after things which we ought not to possess. It extends to anything and everything for which the heart should not crave.

Israel's law shows the comprehensiveness of the divine meaning-

"Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, wife, manservant, maidservant, ox, ass, nor anything that he has" (Exod. 20:17).

Covetousness goes even farther than this - it touches the yearning for things, which, under certain circumstances, may be justifiable enough for us to have, but become forbidden things in virtue of the wrong use to which we intend to put them.

To long for more than we can faithfully or wisely use is covetousness. It is not wrong to make money, but it is wrong to make money for purposes of hoarding, or spending lavishly or improperly on self. "Covetousness," says Paul, "is idolatry" (Col. 3:5).

This confirms what has been said. A covetous man ignores God, and worships self. Covetousness is not stealing, but if not watched soon leads to it. Covetousness is a deadly microbe, and if not energetically destroyed quickly develops odious consequences - grumbling, discontent, unprincipled scheming, cruel grinding, carnal wantonness.

There is, therefore, solemn significance in Christ's warning-"Beware of covetousness." But let us note in considering this subject that a rich man is not necessarily, as is so often harshly said, a covetous man, nor is a poor man necessarily free from this crime.

Abraham was rich, but not covetous. Gehazi was not rich, and was covetous. Both rich and poor in Israel gave themselves over to covetousness, which, alas, is a common sin of all generations.

Bro AT Jannaway

The Christadelphian, Sept 1902

4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after Elohim: Elohim is not in all his thoughts.

Gratification is their rule of action, and that on the lowest plane -- self indulgence and mutual glorification for advantage. They worship and serve the creature in one another. They enjoy the things God has made without any reference to God. His worship, His fear, His love, are sentiments totally foreign to them. Their likes and inclinations are the law of their actions. They are not subject to the laws of God. They look no higher than man in all their dealings and all their relations.

Nazareth Revisited Ch 53