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covetousness, covet, coveting

a strong desire after the possession of worldly things (Col. 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.

The Ten Commandments include God’s command that “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house, you shall not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor’s” (Deuteronomy 5:21).