Beware of jealousy

A selection of verses warning against being jealous or envious.

Proverbs 14 verse 30

30 The life of the body is a heart at peace, 
but envy rots the bones. 

Proverbs 27 verse 4

4 Wrath is cruel, 
and anger is overwhelming; 
but who is able to stand before jealousy? 

Romans 13 verse 13

13 Let’s walk properly, as in the day; not in revelling and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and lustful acts, and not in strife and jealousy.

James 3 verses 14 - 16

14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, don’t boast and don’t lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, sensual, and demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition are, there is confusion and every evil deed.

The Jewish leaders were envious of Jesus Christ when they plotted to kill him:

Matthew 27 verses 15 - 18

15 Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release to the multitude one prisoner, whom they desired. 16 They had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas. 17 When therefore they were gathered together, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus, who is called Christ?” 18 For he knew that because of envy they had delivered him up.

These chapters have links to this theme: