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TEXT : “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." - Hebrews 13:5, New King James Version

COMMENT: To be covetous is to have a strong desire for the things that other people have. The Bible says: “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.” (Exodus 20:17) We should be contented with what God has provided for us, not what He has given to another. Covetousness leads to stealing and oppression. Ahab killed Naboth because he coveted his vineyard. (1 Kings 21) Anything acquired through covetousness will not last but will bring trouble on one. The Bible says: “He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.” (Proverbs 28:22) Moreover the Scriptures say: “As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not; so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool.” (Jeremiah 17:11) St. Paul spoke of the “great gain” of being contented “with such things as we have” stating that “we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.” - 1Timothy 6:6-10.

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