By Don Bowman, Moroni Channel
Kentucky, USA

​Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbors wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbor’s.

​This in the spiritual sense represents, that one must be aware of the selfish love of self, and of the world, least the evils, which are contained in these commandments, become of the will, and hence therefore, comes forth. Coveting means to will from an evil will, and coveting, has this spiritual representation is because all concupiscence is of some love, and therefore, become as ones life’s breath.
By house is meant all good in general; by wife all truth in general; by manservant, the affection of spiritual truth; by maidservant, the affection of spiritual good; by ox, the affection of natural good; and by ass, the affection of natural truth. These are the things which are not to be coveted, that is, which are not to be taken away from anyone, or to which, harm or injury must not be done.

D&C:117 that you should covet ( yearning for, of the will) that which is but the drop, and neglect the more weighty matters?

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