Covetousness January 1 One day Abraham Lincoln was walking down the street with two small boys who were both crying loudly. A neighbor passing by inquired, “What’s the matter, Abe? Why all the fuss?” Lincoln responded, “The trouble with these lads is what’s wrong with the world; one has a nut and the other wants it!” Covetousness is one of mankind’s greatest sins. When giving the law, God specifically spoke against this wicked tendency. In fact, inordinate desire was one of man’s first offenses. Remember Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden?