MMM Day 26: Do Not Covet

March Mitzvot Madness Day 26

This is a word we don’t use much in modern English.  Covet usually is defined as wishing for, desiring, or wanting very much something that you don’t have.  What is more “modern” or “Western” today than envying how someone else looks or what they have?  Coveting is rampant.  We just think it is “unfair” for someone else to have something when I don’t (or can’t) have it too.  There are whole books and seminars about the Entitlement Mentality of today’s youth.  I submit to you that this character flaw (aka sin!) is not limited to the younger generation.  It is something we are all “trained” to do, unfortunately.

See the graphic below for two types of coveting that are well differentiated in the Websters 1828 Dictionary (see blogroll to the right for a link to this wonderful resource).

covet in 1828 dictDo not covet your neighbor’s house; do not covet your neighbor’s wife, his male or female slave, his ox, his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor. ~~ Exodus 20: 14

Do not covet your neighbor’s wife; do not covet your neighbor’s house, his field, his male or female slave, his ox, his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor. ~~ Deuteronomy 5: 18

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