IX: Thou Shalt Not Covet

King James Bible
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.

New Living Translation Bible
You must not covet your neighbor’s house. You must not covet your neighbor’s wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbor.

English Standard Bible
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.


  1. ‘Covet’ shall not be construed to include any of the following:
    1. Envy
    2. Jealousy
    3. Lust
    4. Use of pornography
    5. The obsessive creation of wish lists on retailer web sites
    6. The obsessive comparison of one’s own finances and possessions with those of others
    7. Queueing to get the new shiny thing before anyone else
    8. Boasting about owning the new shiny thing before anyone else

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