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Question What is forbidden in the tenth commandment?
Answer The tenth commandment forbiddeth all discontentment with our own estate, 1 envying or grieving at the good of our neighbour, 2 and all inordinate motions and affections to anything that is his. 3
[1] 1 Kings 21:4; Esther 5:13; 1 Corinthians 10:10
[2] Galatians 5:26; James 3:14,16
[3] Romans 7:7-8, 13:9; Deuteronomy 5:21

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Is discontent a sin?

The foolishness of man perverteth his way, and his heart fretteth against the Lord,
Proverbs 19:3

Can it make our condition better?

For which of you can by taking thought can add one cubit to his stature,
Matthew 6:27

And will it certainly make it worse?

All this availeth me nothing so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting in the king’s gate,
Esther 5:13

Is it a sin to undervalue present mercies?

As those did who despised the pleasant land,
Psalm 106:24

Or to aggravate present afflictions?

As Hezekiah, who said, I reckoned till morning, that as a lion, so will he break all my bones,
Isaiah 38:13

Is a discontented spirit from Satan?

Yea hath God said ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden,
Genesis 3:1

Is a brand of ignominy affixed to it?

These are murmurers, complainers,
Jude 16

And is a curse entailed upon it?

Let them wander up and down for meat, and grudge if they be not satisfied,
Psalm 59:15

Is envy a sin?

Let us walk honestly as in the day, not in strife and envying,
Romans 13:13

Is it a sin for the wicked to envy the just?

They shall see and be ashamed, for their envy at thy people,
Isaiah 26:11

Or for the just to envy the wicked?

Envy not the oppresser,
Proverbs 3:31

And is it a sin to envy for the sake of others?

Envyest thou for my sake?
Numbers 11:29

Is covetousness a great sin?

Covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints,
Ephesians 5:3

And a great vexation?

For he that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver,
Ecclesiastes 5:10

Is it a hurt to our families?

He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house,
Proverbs 15:27

And an injury to our neighbours?

Thus Ahab’s covetousness caused Naboth’s murder,
1 Kings 21:1

And above all an affront to God?

For it is he that maketh poor and maketh rich,
1 Samuel 2:7

Is it a sin that rarely goes unpunished in this world?

For the iniquity of his covetousness I was wroth and smote him,
Isaiah 57:17

But will it be severely punished in the world to come?

For the covetous shall not inherit the kingdom of God,
1 Corinthians 6:9

Should we therefore strive against it?

Thou, O man of God, flee these things,
1 Timothy 6:11

And pray against it?

Incline my heart unto thy testimonies and not to covetousness,
Psalm 119:36

May we desire unlawful enjoyments?

We must not lust after evil things,
1 Corinthians 10:6

Or lawful enjoyments inordinately?

Labour not for the meat that perisheth,
John 6:27

Doth all sin begin in the desires of the heart?

For sinners walk in the way of their heart,
Ecclesiastes 11:9

Should we therefore keep a constant watch over it?

Keep thine heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life,
Proverbs 4:23

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Question What are the sins forbidden in the tenth commandment?
Answer The sins forbidden in the tenth commandment are, discontentment with our own estate; 1 envying 2 and grieving at the good of our neighbor, 3 together with all inordinate motions and affections to anything that is his. 4
[1] 1 Kings 21:4; Esther 5:13; 1 Corinthians 10:10
[2] Galatians 5:26; James 3:14, 16
[3] Psalm 112:9–10; Nehemiah 2:10
[4] Romans 7:7–8; 13:9; Colossians 3:5; Deuteronomy 5:21