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Envy: The Joyless Sin

Envy: The Joyless Sin

Series: Seven Deadly SinsScripture: Genesis 4:1-10; Matthew 20:8-16; 2 Corinthians 5:21
"Of all the deadly sins, only envy is no fun at all.”
—Jason Epstein
“An envier resents; a coveter desires. Of course, an envier may begin his career as a coveter. He may begin by hankering for someone else’s goods, just as Cain may have originally wanted the blessing God gave to Abel. But failed covetousness is likely to curdle into envy: the envier is often a disgruntled coveter.  If the envier can come away with another’s goods, so much the better, but this is an incidental advantage. What the envier really wants is to spoil something - or someone.”
—Cornelius Plantinga
“An envier offers a backward intercessory prayer for his rival: ‘Drain his swimming pool, O God, but fill his basement.’”
—Cornelius Plantinga