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30 Quotes About a Jealous God

Updated on August 11, 2018
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“Have you ever loved someone so much that you could not bear to see another with that person? That is Jealousy. God is a Jealous God; He desires so much of our time, love and energies that He cannot bear for us to be with another.”― Charles Haddon Spurgeon

The following quotes present:

  • Scriptural affirmation that God is jealous;
  • Reasons for His jealousy;
  • Differences between God’s and human jealousy;
  • Husband-wife analogy confirming His right to be jealous.

(I) Affirmation That God Is Jealous

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(1) The Lord, whose very name is Jealous, is a God who is jealous about his relationship with you. (Exodus 34:14)

(2) You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. (Exodus 20: 4, 5)

(3) Those who hear the warnings of this curse should not congratulate themselves, thinking, “I am safe, even though I am following the desires of my own stubborn heart”. . . His anger and jealousy will burn against them. (Deuteronomy 29: 19, 20)

(4) This is what the Sovereign Lord says: . . . I will have mercy on all Israel, for I jealously guard my holy reputation! (Ezekiel 39:25)

(5) The Lord is a jealous God, filled with vengeance and rage. He takes revenge on all who oppose him and continues to rage against his enemies! (Nahum 1:2)

(Scripture quotes are from the New International Version.)

(II) Reasons for His Jealousy

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(6) God is indeed a jealous God —
He cannot bear to see
That we had rather not with Him
But with each other play.” Emily Dickinson

(7) God is jealous for your heart, not because he is petty or insecure, but because he loves you. . . He loves you too much to share you. ― Kyle Idleman

(8) Jealousy is possessive and protective; it can be good or bad. God’s jealousy – His possessiveness of His people – is a good thing; it protects us from being plucked out of His hand. – Carol Ruvolo

(9) [God is] jealous lest you should be robbed by covetousness, compromise, worldliness, prayerlessness or disobedience in any shape or form. He is jealous that you should have that fullness of blessing . . . that He longs to bestow upon every one of you His people. – John Blanchard

(10) [God] is jealous for you. He is jealous for me. The fullness of His love and lavish acceptance is the only match for the rejections we will experience. . . As we seek love and acceptance, God doesn’t want us to test Him; He wants us to trust Him. – Lysa TerKeurst

(11) Jealousy is not merely a passing mood with God. . . Since He is the highest and greatest being there is, infinitely holy and glorious, He must be passionately committed to preserving His honor and supremacy. – Richard Strauss

(12) Understand the Lord is a jealous God. He wants a relationship with you, and if He sees that you’re relying on another person to do what only He can, He often finds a way to end that relationship as it once was. – Charles F. Stanley

(13) Instead of being resentful that God is jealous, we should be thankful that He is like that. It shows He cares! - R. T. Kendall

(14) God’s jealous love is actually for the benefit, not the detriment, of human protection. — Brian Chilton

(15) If jealousy is rooted in self-centeredness, it is clearly the wrong kind of jealousy. A jealousy that springs from concern for another’s well-being, however, is appropriate. — Paul Copan

(III) God's Jealousy Versus Human Jealousy

(16) Jealousy in God is not a “green-eyed monster” but a “red-faced lover” who will brook no rivals in His relationship with His people. – Sam Storms

(17) [God's] jealousy does not rise from fear or weakness but from a holy indignation at having His honor and power and mercy scorned by the faithlessness of a fickle spouse. – John Piper

(18) The more I pursue God, the more I realize that he is inherently different from us. He does not protect his possessions and hoard his toys. He does not look for ways to make us jealous of him, though He, the God Most High, is jealous for us. ― John D. Richardson

(19) It is wrong for people to be jealous over something that someone else holds because they hold no true claim to such thing. God, in contrast, having the greatest, supreme authority and power is completely justified in being jealous over His people. – Brian Chilton

(20) You want to know why God gave us people to love? Because that’s the only way we can understand how He feels about us. Desperate and jealous.” ― Laura Anderson Kurk

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(IV) Husband-Wife Analogy

(21) No man with any moral fiber wants to share his wife with another man, and neither does God. He expects exclusive devotion. – Richard Strauss

(22) Just as a husband cannot be indulgent of adultery in his wife, so also God cannot and will not endure infidelity in us. – Sam Storms

(23) It is God's jealous love that both unnerves us and draws us to Him. . . His jealousy is our shield; it is our promise of eternal protection and passionate exclusivity. It is our confidence that the divine Lover will win His bride.” ― Tremper Longman III

(24) God’s jealousy is . . . the same kind of jealousy with which a husband longs for the attention and affection of his wife, and reacts strongly when they are directed elsewhere. ― Tim Challies

(25) God's jealousy is a great threat to those who play the harlot and sell their heart to the world and make a cuckold out of God. But his jealousy is a great comfort to those who keep their covenant vows and become strangers and exiles in the world. – John Piper

(26) Since God is infinitely jealous for the honor of His name, anything and anybody who threatens the good of His faithful wife will be opposed with divine omnipotence. – John Piper

(27) God is like a husband who is jealous of his wife giving her attention and love to someone else (Ezek. 16). However, God’s jealousy is directly connected with our good: worshiping God alone is best for us, and God knows that. – Len Baugh

(28) Man is like a bride unto God. God is jealous when man veers away from Him. - Jaachynma N.E. Agu

(29) A jealous God will not be content with a divided heart; He must be loved first and best.” ― Charles Haddon Spurgeon

(30) God is the husband of his people and we are his bride. . . To worship any god but the true God is spiritual adultery, and any husband who does not care if his wife commits adultery most certainly does not love her. ― Erik Thoennes

© 2018 Dora Weithers

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    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      2 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Lawrence. I really appreciate your input. Your explanation is very clear and I agree with it. I think that I was trying to give the same meaning in the quotes I selected. I'm on the same page with you.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      2 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      MsDora

      This was a hub that I struggled with, that much I'll admit. I struggle with the idea of a 'Jealous' God in the way it's often portrayed, and absolutely none of the quotes from people here helped!

      Rather than reject things out of hand, and because I struggled so much with what was written, I went and dug out my Hebrew Dictionary, to see what Strongs and Vines dictionary said, and it was interesting.

      The Hebrew word 'Qina' appears 43 times in the Old Testament as a noun, and six times as an adjective, it also appears 34 times as a verb, but not always translated 'Jealous' or Jealousy!

      Most times it's translated 'Zeal' or to be filled with a righteous zeal and has a competitive edge to it.

      What I read in the word isn't the 'jealous' type of envy that is often portrayed by using the word, but a simply God wanting what's rightfully his in the first place!

      God tells us not to worship idols simply because in other places he tells us they aren't 'gods' but bits of stone and wood, (or metal) and Worship belongs to him alone.

      God isn't a 'jealous' or angry 'god' he simply wants what's rightfully his!

      Sorry for going on a bit, but after reading the hub I had to respond.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Audrey. Always happy to introduce something new to my readers. You encourage me. Charles Stanley is a good teacher; I bet you learn even more from him.

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Marlene. You mention an important difference between God's jealousy and man's. His jealousy stems from His love, so He protects; in many cases, human jealousy stems from selfishness so he becomes abusive.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Frank. Your comments always encourage me.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      3 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I've learned something new with these marvelous quotes. I'll be sure to share them. I'm grateful to you for putting so much into this hub. I noticed that one of the quotes is by Charles Stanley. I've enjoyed listening to his sermons from time to time.

      Thank you Dora.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      3 months ago from USA

      Your quotes enlighten us. They help us see how God loves us so much He doesn't want to share us with anyone or anything and in His jealousy He protects us with the abundance of love that comes with that kind of love.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      3 months ago from Shelton

      Interesting quotes MsDora, really found them fascinating to say the least

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Chitrangada. Your expression is accurate. "Yes, he wants complete faith, devotion, and submission, and all this for our own betterment." That boils down to real love.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 months ago from New Delhi, India

      That’s an interesting perspective about The God.

      Yes, he wants complete faith, devotion, and submission, and all this for our own betterment.

      I liked how you differentiated the jealousy of humans, in comparison to The God.

      Certainly an interesting read. Thanks for sharing!

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Liz, that's one of the good things about HubPages. We support each other. You're a good fit.

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      Eurofile 

      3 months ago

      Thanks, Dora. I'm pleased that I can be an encouragement to you when you encourage so many with your thoughtful articles.

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Liz. You encourage me by your comment that these quotes turned your view of God's jealousy from a negativity to positivity.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Flourish. Glad to present something new in a way that is pleasing to you.

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Sean, we agree that God's jealousy is different than human jealousy, hence the section "God's Jealousy Versus Human Jealousy."

      I accept Copan's explanation: "If jealousy is rooted in self-centeredness, it is clearly the wrong kind of jealousy. A jealousy that springs from concern for another’s well-being, however, is appropriate." I think God's jealousy is appropriate.

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      Liz Westwood 

      3 months ago from UK

      Thanks for putting a word which I associate with negatives into a very positive light and illustrating God's love for us.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

      I’ve heard of the vengeful aspect but not the jealous aspect. You do an admirably thorough job in presenting this topic.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      3 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      Interesting work, my dear Sister! I would like to know your point of view about this "difficult" word in The Bible. If I may to express mine, I would say that when you decide to worship God, He should have the first place in your life. He is not possible to be in the second place. I think that this is the symbol of the word "jealousy" when referring to God in The Bible. Not the jealousy that is a product of human ego.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Peg. We can't help but love Him when we are reminded of His extravagant love for us.

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      Peg Cole 

      3 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      This is a thought provoking and educational reminder of our God's desires and the nature of his love for us. He doesn't want to share us and you've provided many examples of this in scripture and interpretation.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Mary. True, our language is limited and does not always convey the full meaning of what we want to say. But, really God's love is more than any word can express.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, thank God for His grace. Learning to love Him the way He deserves is a process.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, glad to introduce new perspectives. They are mostly learning experiences for me, too.

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      Mary Norton 

      3 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I am glad you explained very well the jealousy of God. This is often misinterpreted. Sometimes, our language as humans limit our understanding of the all loving God.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dang it Ms Dora. Yesterday I just went and took his love and misplaced it. Well that is not real true. I full on stole and hid it. I have no right to take his love in my control. I know he is jealous of me doing so.

      But that gives me a new today. What free grace.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      An interesting perspective, one i have never looked at.

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Bill. I love Oprah, bless her heart, but it seems she made a judgement here without understanding the concept. It would be an honor to have her read my work.

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Manatita, thanks for your input. You are not alone in not dwelling on this topic. We think we understand it, and then when we really study it, we are empowered by knowing more about our value to God.

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      William Kovacic 

      3 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Interesting, Dora. As always, a thorough study on a unique topic. Oprah Winfrey should read this as it was the idea that God was a jealous God that turned her away from Christianity. Thanks again for more good stuff.

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      manatita44 

      3 months ago from london

      Food for thought. Although I'm naturally familiar with the concept, I have not dwelt on it.

      We tend to see it in the human way in mystical life.

      But yes, viewed from a Higher standpoint, it makes sense. As long as we are even negligibly disobedient, God hides from us. I guess He does not like transgressions... the things that separate us from Him.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Jackie. I share your concern. It could be that some people consider His mother and the saints to be on equal footing with Him. If so, they completely misunderstand His divinity.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Chris. Having different words for God's and our jealousy would certainly be less confusing. The quotes above help some by establishing that what is different about Him is His authority and His motive.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      3 months ago from The Beautiful South

      I think not enough people (Christians in particular) are aware of this in God. I have always been aware of it and maybe just from studies I have done but still wonder at so many who are not. We know to have no other gods before Him but I wonder how many honor saints and even the mother of Christ above what was meant to be? Yes she was to be honored among women and who would not have wanted this honor, but still?

      The apostles made it very clear they were nothing except in Christ so I think that taught us all we were not to turn them into saints...or any other humans, no matter how good they were.

      Another great writing to make me give all these opinions that sometimes cause me trouble, Dora! Love how you make us think!

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      Chris Mills 

      3 months ago from Missoula, Montana through August 2018

      Dora, You have done a thorough and admirable job distinguishing God's jealousy from man's jealousy. It's too bad we can't have different words for the two in order to avoid confusion. But, you have done a very nice job clarifying the issue.

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