“Jealousy” (7068). This is not a word I think about much. It is another one of those Hebrew words that can be used in a positive or negative way. As I was looking at it I decided to access Webster’s 1828 dictionary in my software. Since this is being used as a human emotion in response to adultery I thought one of the things Webster wrote was interesting.
“Jealousy is the apprehension of superiority.”The cheating couple are both saying to the husband, “You are not good enough.” When we experience this in any area of life it is a reflection of our feelings of inadequacy. The reminder here is that adultery is sin, and a nasty one in the eyes of God and man. The warning is that we need to make sure that we are not putting other people in that position.
So? There are a lot of behaviors we should avoid simply because they put other people in a compromising situation.