Republican presidential frontrunner and self-professed Bible superfan Donald Trump finally divulged his favorite verse in a Tuesday interview.
The real estate mogul has said the Bible beats out even his own title, “The Art of The Deal,” as his favorite book. But he was criticized for declining to talk about his favorite verse last month. So when asked about it in an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody, Trump said that a chapter about envy in the Book of Proverbs has stuck with him.
“Proverbs, the chapter ‘never bend to envy,'” he said. “I’ve had that thing all of my life where people are bending to envy.”
But it’s unclear where that “bending to envy” phrase came from. Brody noted that the subject of envy does come up in the Book of Proverbs a few times but couldn’t pinpoint what specific chapter or verse Trump was referring to. Brody later told The Washington Post that Trump aides told him the candidate was referring to Proverbs 24:1-2: “Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them. For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.”
Trump went on to compare the experience of reading the Bible to looking at a great work of art like the Mona Lisa — “it doesn’t look as great at the beginning and by the time they see it many, may times they can’t take their eyes off it” — and to watching a “great, incredible movie.”