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#317: “B-TV: Envy”
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Genesis 4:1-16
1Adam lay with his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, "With the help of the LORD I have brought forth a man."2Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil.3In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD.4But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering,5but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.6Then the LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast?7If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it."8Now Cain said to his brother Abel, "Let's go out to the field." And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.9Then the LORD said to Cain, "Where is your brother Abel?" "I don't know," he replied. "Am I my brother's keeper?"10The LORD said, "What have you done? Listen! Your brother's blood cries out to me from the ground.11Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand.12When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth."13Cain said to the LORD, "My punishment is more than I can bear.14Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me."15But the LORD said to him, "Not so ; if anyone kills Cain, he will suffer vengeance seven times over." Then the LORD put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him.16So Cain went out from the Lord's presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden.

2 Samuel 1 11:1-12:23
1 Kings 21:1-29
1Some time later there was an incident involving a vineyard belonging to Naboth the Jezreelite. The vineyard was in Jezreel, close to the palace of Ahab king of Samaria.2Ahab said to Naboth, "Let me have your vineyard to use for a vegetable garden, since it is close to my palace. In exchange I will give you a better vineyard or, if you prefer, I will pay you whatever it is worth."3But Naboth replied, "The LORD forbid that I should give you the inheritance of my fathers."4So Ahab went home, sullen and angry because Naboth the Jezreelite had said, "I will not give you the inheritance of my fathers." He lay on his bed sulking and refused to eat.5His wife Jezebel came in and asked him, "Why are you so sullen? Why won't you eat?"6He answered her, "Because I said to Naboth the Jezreelite, 'Sell me your vineyard; or if you prefer, I will give you another vineyard in its place.' But he said, 'I will not give you my vineyard.'"7Jezebel his wife said, "Is this how you act as king over Israel? Get up and eat! Cheer up. I'll get you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite."8So she wrote letters in Ahab's name, placed his seal on them, and sent them to the elders and nobles who lived in Naboth's city with him.9In those letters she wrote: "Proclaim a day of fasting and seat Naboth in a prominent place among the people.10But seat two scoundrels opposite him and have them testify that he has cursed both God and the king. Then take him out and stone him to death."11So the elders and nobles who lived in Naboth's city did as Jezebel directed in the letters she had written to them.12They proclaimed a fast and seated Naboth in a prominent place among the people.13Then two scoundrels came and sat opposite him and brought charges against Naboth before the people, saying, "Naboth has cursed both God and the king." So they took him outside the city and stoned him to death.14Then they sent word to Jezebel: "Naboth has been stoned and is dead."15As soon as Jezebel heard that Naboth had been stoned to death, she said to Ahab, "Get up and take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite that he refused to sell you. He is no longer alive, but dead."16When Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, he got up and went down to take possession of Naboth's vineyard.17Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite:18"Go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, who rules in Samaria. He is now in Naboth's vineyard, where he has gone to take possession of it.19Say to him, 'This is what the LORD says: Have you not murdered a man and seized his property?' Then say to him, 'This is what the LORD says: In the place where dogs licked up Naboth's blood, dogs will lick up your blood--yes, yours!'"20Ahab said to Elijah, "So you have found me, my enemy!" "I have found you," he answered, "because you have sold yourself to do evil in the eyes of the LORD.21'I am going to bring disaster on you. I will consume your descendants and cut off from Ahab every last male in Israel--slave or free.22I will make your house like that of Jeroboam son of Nebat and that of Baasha son of Ahijah, because you have provoked me to anger and have caused Israel to sin.'23"And also concerning Jezebel the LORD says: 'Dogs will devour Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.'24"Dogs will eat those belonging to Ahab who die in the city, and the birds of the air will feed on those who die in the country."25(There was never a man like Ahab, who sold himself to do evil in the eyes of the LORD, urged on by Jezebel his wife.26He behaved in the vilest manner by going after idols, like the Amorites the LORD drove out before Israel.)27When Ahab heard these words, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and fasted. He lay in sackcloth and went around meekly.28Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite:29"Have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself, I will not bring this disaster in his day, but I will bring it on his house in the days of his son."
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The Underground Railroad, Part 3
B-TV: Envy
“B-TV: Envy” is episode #317 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Phil Lollar, and originally aired June 3, 1995.


A B-TV broadcast about envy.


“B-TV” is back! Yes, it’s another episode of that fast-paced, wacky show. The topic this time: Envy. This episode includes an Oprah-like talk show. The show features a man named Cain, who murdered his brother, Abel, and a king named David who committed adultery and murder, all because of envy. “B-TV” also shows a crime drama called “N.V.P.D. Squad.” On this drama, a detective named Elijah Prophet and his partner, Detective Lippowicz, solve the murder of a vineyard owner named Naboth, who was killed because King Ahab and Queen Jezebel envied him! The point of this episode of “B-TV”, Don’t let envy get you!

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Discussion Questions[edit]

  1. Why is envy a bad thing?
  2. What does Jesus say about envy?
  3. Have you ever envied someone?
  4. What did you do about it?
  5. Bernard gave us a great way to conquer envy. Can you think of any other methods?


Role Voice Actor
Adam Corey Burton
King Ahab Brian Cummings
Bernard Walton Dave Madden
Bethsheba Katie Leigh
Cain Will Ryan
Courtney Vincent Sara Buskirk
King David Will Ryan
Elijah Prophet Corey Burton
Eve Katie Leigh
Fairy Katie Leigh
God Brian Cummings
Queen Jezebel Maureen Davis
Joab Will Ryan
Joe Will Ryan
Detective Lippowicz Phil Lollar
Nabesh Dave Madden
Nathan Corey Burton
Opera Geraldohue Maureen Davis
Zilpah Phil Lollar



Eve: This time it really is my fault. When I ate the forbidden fruit the serpent told me I'd be like God. I had no idea something like this would happen.
Adam: No, no it's both our faults. We brought sin into the world. Envy is one of the worst.

Bernard Walton: You see envy can twist your heart so much, that in order to get at someone else, you'll even hurt yourself.