What Not to Do with Empty Hands

To covet is to want somebody else’s good so strongly (‘inordinately,’ as the Christian tradition says) that one is tempted to steal it. To envy is to resent somebody else’s good so much that one is tempted to destroy it. The coveter has empty hands and wants to fill them with somebody else’s goods. The envier has empty hands and therefore wants to empty the hands of the envied.

Cornelius Plantinga, Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be: A Breviary of Sin (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995), 162.

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One thought on “What Not to Do with Empty Hands

  1. Hello Bobby,
    May the Lord bless you and continue to use you for His glory and praise we met at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Kenya-i was wonderfully blessed by your ministry and also brother Isaac.

    You did take my email,but am afraid I did not take yours.Since you are not that active on apps like Facebook etc,is it possible to have your email address brother?

    The Lord be with you


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