|Noah Webster's Dictionary|
1. (v. t.) To wish for with eagerness; to desire possession of; -- used in a good sense.
2. (v. t.) To long for inordinately or unlawfully; to hanker after (something forbidden).
3. (v. i.) To have or indulge inordinate desire.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
kuv'-et ('awah; zeloo, "to desire earnestly," "to set the heart and mind upon anything"): Used in two senses: good, simply to desire earnestly but legitimately. e.g. the King James Version 1 Corinthians 12:31; 1 Corinthians 14:39; bad, to desire unlawfully, or to secure illegitimately (batsa`; epithumeo, Romans 7:7; Romans 13:9, etc.); hence, called "lust" (Matthew 5:28 1 Corinthians 10:6), "concupiscence" (the King James Version Romans 7:8 Colossians 3:5).
Covet (14 Occurrences)
Acts 20:33 I coveted no one's silver, or gold, or clothing. (Root in WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Romans 7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? May it never be! However, I wouldn't have known sin, except through the law. For I wouldn't have known coveting, unless the law had said, "You shall not covet." (Root in WEB KJV WEY ASV WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Romans 7:8 But sin, finding occasion through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of coveting. For apart from the law, sin is dead. (Root in WEB WEY ASV YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Romans 13:9 For the commandments, "You shall not commit adultery," "You shall not murder," "You shall not steal," "You shall not give false testimony," "You shall not covet," and whatever other commandments there are, are all summed up in this saying, namely, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." (WEB KJV WEY ASV WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
1 Corinthians 12:31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. (KJV WBS)
1 Corinthians 14:39 Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. (KJV WBS)
James 4:2 You lust, and don't have. You kill, covet, and can't obtain. You fight and make war. You don't have, because you don't ask. (WEB WEY ASV RSV NIV)
Exodus 20:17 "You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's." (WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS NAS RSV NIV)
Exodus 34:24 For I will cast out nations before thee, and enlarge thy borders: neither shall any man desire thy land, when thou goest up to appear before Jehovah thy God three times in the year. (See JPS NAS NIV)
Deuteronomy 5:21 "Neither shall you covet your neighbor's wife; neither shall you desire your neighbor's house, his field, or his male servant, or his female servant, his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's." (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Deuteronomy 7:25 You shall burn the engraved images of their gods with fire. You shall not covet the silver or the gold that is on them, nor take it for yourself, lest you be snared in it; for it is an abomination to Yahweh your God. (WEB JPS ASV DBY NAS RSV NIV)
Joshua 6:18 But as for you, only keep yourselves from the devoted thing, lest when you have devoted it, you take of the devoted thing; so would you make the camp of Israel accursed, and trouble it. (See NAS)
Proverbs 21:26 There are those who covet greedily all day long; but the righteous give and don't withhold. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS RSV)
Micah 2:2 They covet fields, and seize them; and houses, and take them away: and they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)