10. Do Not Covet

10. Do Not Covet

10. Do Not Covet

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The One Thought You Should Never Have

There is only one Commandment that prohibits a thought, and it is this: “Do not covet.” Why does the Bible, which is preoccupied with behavior, legislate a thought? Because to covet, to want what belongs to someone else, is the root of the preceding four commandments and often leads to evil. Before someone murders, steals, lies, or commits adultery, the desire to take what is rightly someone else’s usually comes first.
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Script:

In the Ten Commandments, Commandments Six, Seven, Eight, and Nine are the ones that prohibit acts of evil — murder, adultery, stealing, and perjury. And then there is one commandment that prohibits the thing that leads to murder, adultery, stealing, and perjury. Which one is it? It’s the last of the Ten: Do not covet anything that belongs to others — not their spouse, their house, their servants, their animals, or any of their property.

In order to understand this commandment, and its unique significance, the first thing to understand is that this is the only one of the Ten Commandments that legislates thought. All the other Commandments legislate behavior. In fact, of the 613 laws in the Five Books of Moses, virtually none prohibit thought.

Why, then, does the Ten Commandments include a law that prohibits a thought? Because it is coveting that so often leads to evil. Or, to put it another way, coveting is what leads to violating the preceding four commandments — the ones against murder, adultery, stealing, and perjury. Think about it. Why do people do those things? In most instances, it is because they covet something that belongs to another person. Obviously that is the reason people steal — thieves covet their victim’s property. But it is also the reason for many murders. And coveting is obviously the reason for adultery — wanting the spouse of another person. As for perjury — or “bearing false witness” in the language of the Ten Commandments – that is done in order to cover up all these other crimes that are caused by coveting.

But in order to understand why coveting is the one thought that is prohibited in the Ten Commandments and one of the only thoughts prohibited in the entire Hebrew Bible, we need to understand what coveting means – and, equally important, what it doesn’t mean.

To covet is much more than “to want.” The Hebrew verb, lachmod means to want to the point of seeking to take away and own — something that belongs to another person. Note that there are two operative elements here: “seeking to own,” and “belongs to another person.” “Seeking to own” does not mean just envying or, in the case of your neighbor’s spouse, just lusting after. Neither envy nor lust is prohibited in the Ten Commandments. Uncontrolled envy and lust can surely lead to bad things, and they can both be psychologically and emotionally destructive, but neither one is prohibited in the Ten Commandments. Why? Because neither is the same as coveting. It is coveting that almost inevitably leads to stealing, to adultery, and sometimes even to murder.

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36 thoughts on “10. Do Not Covet

  1. Christopher Sedlak

    God bless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 10, 2021 at 12:18 am Reply
  2. Paul Gros

    THE SCHOOL'S WON'T POST THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, YOU, THE PARENTS CAN POST A SIMPLIFIED COPY ON THE CHILDREN'S BEDROOM WALL [CLICK THE LINK BELOW]https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WVK-wXY10y7Ytw1wfWrxHCxhZ2i1cqsw/view?usp=sharing

    March 10, 2021 at 12:18 am Reply
  3. blackgirldiary

    These videos were very educational. Have never heard them taught like this in Church. Thanks PragerU🤗

    March 10, 2021 at 12:18 am Reply
  4. Shervetta Porter, LPC-MHSP

    This information was wonderfully explained. What a good break down. Thanks for sharing!

    March 10, 2021 at 12:18 am Reply
  5. Crystals Abundance

    Deep down below the bottom of the chimney

    March 10, 2021 at 12:18 am Reply
  6. deepstrasz

    Cain, guilty as charged.

    March 10, 2021 at 12:18 am Reply
  7. Teresa Smiley

    That was great I love this video it’s very helpful thank you very much

    March 10, 2021 at 12:18 am Reply
  8. STARMAN vivekrao

    YES ! ARM MACBOOK,S

    March 10, 2021 at 12:18 am Reply
  9. David Buzzin

    👍🇺🇲❤

    March 10, 2021 at 12:18 am Reply
  10. Pokedude 409

    Can you be my pastor you explain things so clearly

    March 10, 2021 at 12:18 am Reply
  11. adolph hamakala

    Thank you

    March 10, 2021 at 12:18 am Reply
  12. Veronica Blanco

    Ummm I disagree. Take the case of someone stealing because if they don't pay the rent they will be thrown out into the streets. The person who steals is not jelouse of anyone. So I don't really agree to this.

    March 10, 2021 at 12:18 am Reply
  13. Ledan

    3:41 He just banished that guy to the shadow realm to get his wife.

    I don't care about the 10 commandments, if someone can do that they can have everything I own.

    March 10, 2021 at 12:18 am Reply
  14. Carlos Sanchez

    “Love thy neighbor as thy self.”

    March 10, 2021 at 12:18 am Reply
  15. Adven4U1

    Ahh, I get it. This law is basically "Don't be an entitled parent."

    March 10, 2021 at 12:18 am Reply
  16. Tuấn Nguyễn

    There is someone takes everything from me, it is a violation of this commandment. And if I get my things back from him, will I be in violation of this commandment?

    March 10, 2021 at 12:18 am Reply
  17. Theo Young

    May the good Lord Bless you Prager, I Can't say Thank you enough for your Brilliant videos!!!!

    March 10, 2021 at 12:18 am Reply
  18. Charles Helgeland

    Also the love of money is covetousness

    March 10, 2021 at 12:18 am Reply
  19. Peter Rouleau

    Perhaps Mr. Prager could enlighten us as to how a market economy would function if people didn't want things they don't have.

    March 10, 2021 at 12:18 am Reply
  20. Brendan ODonnell

    Communism is a sin lol

    March 10, 2021 at 12:18 am Reply
  21. Adam Nichols

    Thanks for the video. Helps me to put into practice righteousness.

    March 10, 2021 at 12:18 am Reply
  22. Mr T

    And america is the nation that stolen from native american and kill them…. Do america belong to the european from the first place ??? NO. You genocide them ,took their land and then say some moral shit….

    March 10, 2021 at 12:18 am Reply
  23. Z Floyd

    If I were a teacher at a christian school, I would show this entire 10 commandments series to my students.

    March 10, 2021 at 12:18 am Reply
  24. David S

    If only everyone obeys THIS commandment only, there wouldn't be communists left in the world.

    March 10, 2021 at 12:18 am Reply
  25. Bruce DAVID Foye 333

    Like the RICH KIDS OF THE SIMON MALL not paying me the $50,000 they should of played me
    BECAUSE YOU CANT USE ME AS A LURE OR TOURIST ATTRACTION FOR CAPITALISTIC GROWTH FOR5YRS

    March 10, 2021 at 12:18 am Reply
  26. DahlemDorf

    there hasnt been a person who hasnt coveted in history… god knows it(if there is one)

    March 10, 2021 at 12:18 am Reply
  27. Pilar D

    Thank you for the explanation of the 10 Commandments. Can you help me to find the Hebrew pronunciation for the 10 Commandments

    March 10, 2021 at 12:18 am Reply
  28. Ag silver Radio

    What if your willing to trade with your neghbor, for somthing they own?

    March 10, 2021 at 12:18 am Reply
  29. Commie Croc

    If only this was true. Because then we could say good night to capitalism.

    March 10, 2021 at 12:18 am Reply
  30. Austin

    Can someone help me with this question: Let's say my neighbor has a car that I would like to own, and I intend to try to trade with him to obtain the car. Is my desire here to own his specific property immoral? I would not attempt to steal the car if he was not willing to trade.

    March 10, 2021 at 12:18 am Reply
  31. Horatio KJV Bible

    Every muslim on Earth needs to know this.

    March 10, 2021 at 12:18 am Reply
  32. Michael Holst

    I would love a breakdown of the bill of rights like this

    March 10, 2021 at 12:18 am Reply
  33. Matthew Klepadlo

    People need to make the distinction between active desire and passive desire.
    Coveting is active desire.
    Admiration, inspiration and wanting is passive desire.

    March 10, 2021 at 12:18 am Reply
  34. Glorious Content

    0:31 Servant? I can't even ok boomer that barbarism.

    March 10, 2021 at 12:18 am Reply
  35. Augmented Keys

    George Carlin 10 commandments

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CE8ooMBIyC8

    March 10, 2021 at 12:18 am Reply

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