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The purpose of this page is to show with Scriptural references, the true meaning of the phrase "provoked to jealousy".  After doing some Scriptural research, it appears to me that the phrase does not relate to provoking envy but rather it means to provoke an angry response.

I am also using this page to document an etimolgy of the word 'jealous/jealousy' as I do not believe it has the same meaning as the modern definition.


16 "They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger."  (KJV)

21 "They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation."  (KJV)

22 "And Judah did evil in the sight of the LORD, and they provoked him to jealousy with their sins which they had committed, above all that their fathers had done."  (KJV)

  3 "And he put forth the form of an hand, and took me by a lock of mine head; and the spirit lifted me up between the earth and the heaven, and brought me in the visions of God to Jerusalem, to the door of the inner gate that looketh toward the north; where was the seat of the image of jealousy, which provoketh to jealousy."  (KJV)

38 "And I will judge thee, as women that break wedlock and shed blood are judged; and I will give thee blood in fury and jealousy."  (KJV)

42 "So will I make my fury toward thee to rest, and my jealousy shall depart from thee, and I will be quiet, and will be no more angry."  (KJV)

25 "And I will set my jealousy against thee, and they shall deal furiously with thee: they shall take away thy nose and thine ears; and thy remnant shall fall by the sword: they shall take thy sons and thy daughters; and thy residue shall be devoured by the fire."  (KJV)

14 "So the angel that communed with me said unto me, Cry thou, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy."  (KJV)

  2 " Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury."  (KJV)

58 "For they provoked him to anger with their high places, and moved him to jealousy with their graven images."  (KJV)

19 "But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you."  (KJV)

Deuteronomy 32:21

11 "I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy."  (KJV)

22 "Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?"  (KJV)