845) Thou Shalt Not Covet

“Most of us don’t know exactly what we want, but we’re pretty sure we don’t have it.”  (Mad magazine, Issue #110)

“Even the man who has everything is envious of the man who has two of everything.”  (Issue #255)

“A lot of people who complain they don’t get what they deserve don’t know how lucky they are.”  (Issue #275)


“What We Ain’t Got” was recorded in 2014 by American Country Music artist Jake Owen.  It was written by Travis Meadows and Travis Jerome Goff.  Owen sings about wanting back a loved one who has left him, but then also reflects on others who want what they cannot obtain.  Owen said in an interview, “It’s a deep song that deals on a lot of levels with everyone looking at their own life. We all work so hard day to day, and we want more and more and more.  This is a world of wanting more.  It’s a song about looking at where you are and appreciating what you have, because once it’s gone we all want what we don’t have.”

We all want what we ain’t got,
Our favorite doors are always locked.
On a higher hill with a taller top,
We all want what we ain’t got

We ain’t happy where we are,
There’s greener grass in the neighbors yard.
A bigger house and a faster car,
We ain’t happy where we are.

All I want is what I had,
I’d trade it all just to get her back.
She’s moving on, but I guess I’m not..
Yeah we all want what we ain’t got..

We all wish it didn’t hurt,
When you try your best and it doesn’t work.
And goodbye’s such a painful word,
We all wish it didn’t hurt.

All I want is what I had,
Yeah I’d trade it all just to get her back.
She’s moving on, but I guess I’m not.
Yeah We all want what we ain’t got.

I wanted the world until my whole world stopped,
You know a love like that ain’t easily forgot.
I guess we all want what we ain’t got.
Yeah we all want what we ain’t got.

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Deuteronomy 5:21  —  You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.  You shall not set your desire on your neighbor’s house or land, his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

Isaiah 55:2,3a  —  God says, “Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?  Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare.  Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live.  I will make an everlasting covenant with you.”

James 4:1, 2a, 3, 7-8, 10   —  What causes fights and quarrels among you?  Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?...  You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight.  You do not have because you do not ask God.  When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures…  Submit yourselves, then, to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Come near to God and he will come near to you.  Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded…  Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

Philippians 4:11b-12  —  I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.  I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want

I Timothy 6:6-10  —  But godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.  But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.  Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.  For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.  Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

Hebrews 13:5  —  Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”


You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.  –Augustine