Colossians 3:5 (KJV):

  1. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

Colossians 3:5 (GNT):

  1. Νεκρώσατε οὖν τὰ μέλη ὑμῶν τὰ ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς, πορνείαν, ἀκαθαρσίαν, πάθος, ἐπιθυμίαν κακήν, καὶ τὴν πλεονεξίαν, ἥτις ἐστὶν εἰδωλολατρία,

In this verse Paul mentioned Covetousness (greed)=(πλεονεξίαν), as idolatry, how, logically, greed be worshipping Idols?

All of us know that greed is striving of the person to be more and more rich.

Greed is Idolatry seems strange!.

In Colossians 3:5 Paul mentioned greed after four sensual pleasures, about Sex and whim, i.e: fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence.

In 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7 Paul warn from adultery and Coveting in the wife of another person.

1 Thessalonians 4:3-7 (KJV):

  1. For this is the will of God, {cf15I even} your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:
  2. That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;
  3. Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:
  4. That no {cf15I man} go beyond and defraud his brother in {cf15I any} matter: because that the Lord {cf15I is} the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.
  5. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.

Defraud in other translations is (wrong). In some Arabic translations it is يطمع meaning (covets)=(πλεονεκτεῖν).

1 Thessalonians 4:6 (GNT):

  1. τὸ μὴ ὑπερβαίνειν καὶ πλεονεκτεῖν ἐν τῷ πράγματι τὸν ἀδελφὸν αὐτοῦ, διότι ἔκδικος Κύριος περὶ πάντων τούτων, καθὼς καὶ προείπαμεν ὑμῖν καὶ διεμαρτυράμεθα.

So, what is the relationship between Covetousness and Idolatry?

May Paul means specific kind of covetousness which is coveting in another man's wife?

Look the Ten Commandments.

  • to love money is to idolize money. It's similar with most of your kind questions---like the one about 'perfecting.' Perfection, in English, also has a previous, older, meaning--that of 'completion.' Wanting something other than God or to the point of distraction from God is....idol worship. It shouldn't be a difficult concept. English, like every language, isn't mathematics. Nor is the Bible. In translation, or in Hebrew or Greek, both of which I wish I knew – Walter S Mar 26 '20 at 18:26

In Colossians 3:5, how greed (covetousness) be idolatry?

Colossians 3:5 (KJV):

Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

GREEDINESS is a common vice most persons fail to take it seriously. God’s Word, however, speaks out against it in the strongest of terms:

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (NASB)

9 "Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor [a]effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God."(Compare also Ephesians 5:3-5)

The Scriptures associate greediness with such gross sins as adultery, fornication, and idolatry? Because of its seriousness. It is an extreme form of selfishness. It is an intense, passionate desire or craving either to gain far more than what is reasonable or needed or to gain that which rightfully belongs to another. It is idolatry, for what one greedily desires he worships.

Greediness is not limited to the love of money. Greediness also manifests itself in extreme fondness of food and drink, honor and fame, power and sex.

  • 1
    "Whatever gets your attention gets you". It is a simple fact that anything we supremely desire (= covetousness) is our god which, by definition, is idolatry. (+1) – Dottard Mar 27 '20 at 0:28
  • True, anything we crave more than we need is idolatry 1 John 2: 16 thanks. – Ozzie Ozzie Mar 27 '20 at 10:26

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