Exodus 20:17

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Exodus 20

Law Analysis overview

17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.” Exodus 20:17WEB


The Command[/Principle]

This passage contains a negative command, directed toward Israel: "You shall not covet anything or anyone belonging to your neighbor".


This command is part of the Moral Law.

This command fits with other commands related to Loving one's neighbor.

The command contributes to an understanding of Covetousness. It also arguably contributes to a better understanding of Lust, Adultery, and Theft, inasmuch as lust is a form of coveting after a person, and adultery and theft are preceded by coveting our neighbor's wife or goods.


This command is fulfilled for us through Jesus our Provider (Psalm 23:1). It remains obligatory for all people.

Notes on Interpretation/Application

Ten Commandments

This is the tenth in what are called the Ten Commandments.

Interpretation 2