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The Evil Eye

Having an "evil eye" is a term used by the King James Version to translate original Hebrew and Greek words for covetousness, looking upon something with evil intent. Other translations commonly use "covetous," "miserly" or "stingy" where the Authorized Version used "evil eye" e.g. from Proverbs 28:22

"He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him." (Proverbs 28:22 KJV)

"A miserly man hastens after wealth, and does not know that want will come upon him" (Proverbs 28:22 RSV)

"A stingy man is eager to get rich and is unaware that poverty awaits him" (NIV)

Let not "thine eye be evil"

Having an "evil eye" is not about how the eye appears, it's about the thoughts and attitudes that control how one looks upon the people and things around them.

"Beware that there be not a thought in thy wicked heart, saying, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; and thine eye be evil against thy poor brother, and thou givest him nought; and he cry unto The Lord [see YHVH, Adonai, Jehovah, LORD] against thee, and it be sin unto thee." (Deuteronomy 15:9 KJV)

Holy Bible Wealth becomes evil when it is obtained or used with evil intent, with an evil eye.

"Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom. Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven. Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats: For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee." (Proverbs 23:4-7 KJV)

"He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him." (Proverbs 28:22 KJV)

"Evil eye" is just one of the manifestations of inward sin.

"For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man." (Mark 7:21-23 KJV)

Jesus' parable of "the last shall be first, and the first last" (see The Parable of The Labourers), apart from being about the great conversions to Christianity that are coming, is also about not being covetous with one's own righteousness - being jealous of new converts who will receive the same salvation as those who have "labored" far longer.

"Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen." (Matthew 20:15-16 KJV)

Fact Finder: How have some church organizations re-numbered the Ten Commandments for themselves, creating two Commandments against coveting (when in truth there is really only one) in order to justify idolatry?
See Numbering God's Commandments

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