Bible Terms

Bible Term: Covetousness

Covetousness is a longing or compelling desire for possessions, especially those of others. The root word is covet, which the Ten Commandments says to avoid.

Today, we commonly call covetousness, materialism.

Key verse about covetousness: And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses” (Luke 12:15, NKJV).

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