Bible Study 1 Corinthians 13:4
1 Corinthians 13:4 NKJV Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
What does it mean to envy? envy noun en·vy \ˈen-vē\
Simple Definition of envy
- :the feeling of wanting to have what someone else has
- :someone or something that causes envy
Source: Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary
Full Definition of envy plural envies
- 1: painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another joined with a desire to possess the same advantage
- 2obsolete: malice
- 3: an object of envious notice or feeling <his new car made him the envy of his friends>
Definition of envy for Students plural envies
- 1: a feeling of unhappiness over another’s good fortune together with a desire to have the same good fortune <He was filled with envy on seeing her success.>
- 2: a person or a thing that is envied
Thesaurus Synonyms of envy
- a painful awareness of another’s possessions or advantages and a desire to have them too <her envy of her neighbor’s fancy clothes wrecked their friendship>Synonymscovetousness, enviousness, green-eyed monster, invidiousness, jealousy, resentment
- Related Wordsanimosity, enmity, hatred, ill will; malice, maliciousness, spitefulness
Envy, jealousy, and coveting are one in the same, and they all lead to wrong thinking and emotions. Envy or jealousy can make you feel less about yourself. You can be bitter and resentful. You can even be jealous of how another gets away with a wrong, while you suffer an injustice. This list can go on and on.
In what ways have you been envious or jealous?
What have you coveted?
Have you ever been resentful when someone has wrongfully prospered?