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Greed
Excessive desire for more of something, especially wealth or possessions.
Dictionaries
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Greed
Greed Heb. nep̱eš, beṭen—‘inner most part’ (Job 20:20); Gk. pleonexía—‘desire to have more’ (1 Thess. 2:5; 2 Pet. 2:3, 14), pleonéktēs (“guilty of … greed,” 1 Cor. 5:11)]; AV COVETOUSNESS, DESIRE (Hab. 2:5), “will” (Ezk. 16:27), etc.; NEB also APPETITE (Job 20:20), “mouth” (Hab. 2:5), etc.; GREEDY
Pocket Dictionary of Ethics
Greed
greed. A synonym for *avarice, the excessive and all-consuming desire for material *wealth. According to the Bible, greed is associated with idolatry, insofar as it leads a person to view the accumulation of material possessions, rather than right relationship to God, as the highest *good (the *good
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Greed
GREED Excessive or reprehensible desire to acquire; covetousness. The greed of Eli’s sons for the best part of the sacrifices disqualified them from the priesthood (1 Sam. 2:29). Hosea condemned priests who were greedy for the people’s iniquity (4:8 NRSV), that is, greedy for the sin offerings.Jesus
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
Greed
greed. An excessive desire to acquire more than one has (esp. wealth and material possessions), usually leading to inappropriate behavior. This English term occurs primarily as the rendering of Greek pleonexia G4432 (Lk. 12:15 et al.; KJV, “covetousness”), but the concept is expressed in many different
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
GREED
GREED [בָּצַעbatsaʿ; πλεονέκτης pleonektēs, πλεονεξία pleonexia]. The term greed occurs throughout the OT as covetousness, avarice, or insatiable desire, typically regarding love of money. Selfish gain or longing to be rich conveys greed’s idolatrous essence. Israel, and especially Levitical priests,
Key passages
Pr 28:8

He who augments his wealth with interest and with usury gathers it for him who is kind to the poor.

Ec 5:10–12

Whoever loves money is not satisfied with money, and whoever loves wealth is not satisfied with profit. This also is vanity! When prosperity increases, those who consume it increase. So its owner gains nothing, except to see his wealth before it is …

Is 5:8

Ah! Those who join house with house, they join field together with field until there is no place and you are caused to dwell alone in the midst of the land.

Eph 5:5

For this you know for certain, that every sexually immoral person, or unclean person, or greedy person (who is an idolater), does not have an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

1 Ti 6:9–10

But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and a trap and many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge those people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all evil, by which some, because they desire it, have gone astray from the faith and have pierced themselves …

Jas 5:1–6

Come now, you rich people, weep and cry aloud over the miseries that are coming upon you! Your wealth has rotted, and your clothing has become moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have become corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you, and it will …

See also
Ge 3:1–24; Ge 13:1–18; Ge 24:50–67; Ge 25:29–34; Ge 27:1–29; Ge 29:15–30; Ge 30:25–31:55; Ex 20:1–17; Nu 22:1–21; Dt 5:1–22; Dt 7:12–26; Dt 15:7–11; Dt 17:14–20; Dt 28:45–57; Jos 7:10–26; Jos 17:14–18; 1 Sa 2:12–17; 1 Sa 8:1–22; 1 Sa 15:1–35; 1 Sa 25:2–22; 1 Sa 30:1–31; 2 Sa 16:1–4; 1 Ki 21:1–16; 2 Ki 5:20–27; Ne 5:1–13; Ne 13:4–31; Es 6:1–14; Job 20:1–29; Job 31:1–40; Ps 10:1–18; Ps 49:1–20; Ps 52:1–9; Ps 62:1–12; Ps 119:33–40; Pr 1:8–19; Pr 10:2; Pr 11:6; Pr 11:26; Pr 12:12; Pr 13:11; Pr 15:27; Pr 17:23; Pr 20:21; Pr 21:6; Pr 21:25–26; Pr 22:16; Pr 22:28; Pr 23:4–8; Pr 23:10–11; Pr 27:20; Pr 28:8; Pr 28:20; Pr 28:22; Pr 28:25; Pr 28:27; Pr 29:4; Pr 30:1–9; Pr 30:11–16; Ec 4:4–8; Ec 5:8–6:12; Is 1:21–31; Is 5:8–30; Is 56:9–12; Is 57:14–21; Je 6:1–30; Je 8:4–17; Je 17:1–13; Je 22:11–23; Eze 18:1–18; Eze 22:1–16; Eze 22:23–31; Eze 33:30–33; Ho 4:1–10; Am 2:6–16; Am 5:4–15; Am 6:1–14; Am 8:1–14; Mic 2:1–5; Mic 3:1–12; Mic 7:1–7; Hab 2:5–20; Hag 1:1–11; Mal 1:6–14; Mt 6:19–34; Mt 16:24–26; Mt 19:16–26; Mt 21:12–17; Mt 23:13–36; Mt 26:14–16; Mk 4:1–20; Mk 7:1–23; Mk 8:34–38; Mk 14:10–11; Lk 3:1–20; Lk 11:37–44; Lk 12:13–21; Lk 16:1–17; Lk 16:19–31; Jn 2:13–25; Jn 6:22–40; Jn 12:1–11; Ac 5:1–11; Ac 8:14–25; Ac 19:21–41; Ac 20:17–38; Ac 24:22–27; Ro 1:18–32; Ro 13:8–10; 1 Co 5:9–6:11; Eph 4:17–24; Eph 5:1–7; Col 3:1–11; 1 Th 2:1–12; 1 Ti 3:1–13; 1 Ti 6:3–10; 2 Ti 3:1–9; Tt 1:5–9; Heb 13:1–6; Jas 4:1–6; Jas 5:1–6; 1 Pe 5:1–4; 2 Pe 2:1–3; 2 Pe 2:12–17; Jud 5–11;