4 Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbour. This is also vanity and vexation of spirit. 5 The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh. 6 Better is an handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit. 7 Then I returned, and I saw vanity under the sun. Ecclesiastes 4:4-7
Here we have a case of someone doing the right thing, working, and his neighbor is envious. Is he envious that the man is working and supporting himself and maybe a family? Envy is a sad emotion that only eats up the one who is envious. Most of the time the person/people you envy do not even know. They are too busy working or enjoying their life.
It appears that the envious man is sitting there with his hands folded and watching others go about doing their work. We all have the same opportunities some just need to work harder than others that is not a reason to envy someone.
Are you harboring envy in your heart? Envy will make one a bitter person.
A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones. Proverbs 14:30
Do not let the envy get “into your bones”. Ask the Lord to forgive you for envious feelings.
Love looks through a telescope; envy, through a microscope. ~ Josh Billings
Envy is the art of counting the other fellow's blessings instead of your own. ~ Harold Coffin
Have a blessed day,