Envy flows out of Pride:
Pride says, “This is what I deserve” or “Let me boast about all I have” or “I am better than you in all of these ways.” Have you ever thought about the fact that pride always compares? C.S. Lewis says,
“Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man. We say people are proud of being rich, or clever, or good-looking, but they are not. They are proud of being richer, or cleverer, or better-looking than others.”
When you are proud you compare yourself with another person and there are only two possible outcomes: If you believe you come out on top, you feel even more pride; if you believe you come out on the bottom, you feel envy. Envy comes when Pride is wounded.
Envy makes you aware that another person has some advantage, some good thing, that you want for yourself and, while he’s at it, he makes you want that other person not to have it.
I think deep down Pride then Envy leads to a unrighteous joy when we see “the other person” fall or lose what we precieved was an advantage. Instead of being content with what we have and [rightly] joyful of how God choses to bless others; we are discontent, bitter and envious.
Not to be confused with jealousy which desires to have what someone else has [I want the same thing]. But Envy not only wants it, it desires the other person NOT to have it, to deprive them of something so I can have more.
At the bitter end, it all leads back to idolatry. I know better than God and I know what is best for me and I need to have it at any cost because that is what is best / what I want. I worship me [the created] instead of the all wise and all knowing Creator.
HT: Tim Challies