What forms of coveting does God forbid in these Commandments?

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God forbids us to

  1. Greedily try to get our neighbor’s inheritance or other means of livlihood through fraudulent methods or by a show of right.

    Assignment: Read Gen. 31:7: Laban deceived Jacob, 1 Kings 21: Ahab and Jezebel seized Naboth’s vineyard for themselves by misapplying the law, and Matt. 23:14: the Pharisees took widow’s possessions for themselves.

  2. Persuade, incite or force our neighbor’s spouse or employee to leave him and come to us, or try to get some other advantages or benefits enjoyed by our neighbor for ourselves.

    Assignment: Read 2 Sam. 11:1-4: David seduced Bathseba, and 2 Sam. 15:1-6: Absalom estranged the hearts of the people away from David.

  3. Envy, and hunger for that which belongs to our neighbor.

    Luke 12:15: Take heed, and beware of covetousness.

Luther: “These commandments are especially directed against envy and miserable avarice, God wishing to remove all causes and sources whence arises everything by which we do injury to our neighbor.”

Assignment: Discuss what advantages and circumstances of others are coveted today?

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