So the Moabites said to the elders of Midian, "This horde will devour everything around us like an ox eats up the green plants in the field." Since Balak son of Zippor was Moab's king at that time,
he sent messengers to Balaam son of Beor at Pethor, which is by the Euphrates in the land of his people. Balak said to him: "Look, a people has come out of Egypt; they cover the surface of the land and are living right across from me.
For anger kills a fool, and jealousy slays the gullible.
The LORD made His people very fruitful; He made them more numerous than their foes,
whose hearts He turned to hate His people and to deal deceptively with His servants.
A large population is a king's splendor, but a shortage of people is a ruler's devastation.
Fury is cruel, and anger is a flood, but who can withstand jealousy?
I saw that all labor and all skillful work is due to a man's jealousy of his friend. This too is futile and a pursuit of the wind.
For we too were once foolish, disobedient, deceived, captives of various passions and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, detesting one another.
But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your heart, don't brag and lie in defiance of the truth.
Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic.
For where envy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every kind of evil.
Or do you think it's without reason the Scripture says that the Spirit He has caused to live in us yearns jealously?