What does the Bible Say About Laziness?

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The following Bible verses provide a biblical concept of laziness. According to the Webster’s definition a sluggard is “a habitually lazy person”. Feel free to use the list for study material or a personal devotion. Please keep in mind that these verses are taken out of the original context. In order to gain a better understanding of the meaning it’s important to study each passage thoroughly. A careful systematic study ensures accurate interpretation of the biblical text.

Here is a list of Bible verses on laziness.

Proverbs 10:4
Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.

2 Thessalonians 3:11-12
We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat.

Genesis 2:15
The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.

Proverbs 6:6-8
Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.

1 Timothy 5:8
If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

James 1:22
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

Proverbs 6:9-11
How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest-and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.

Hebrews 13:16
And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

Proverbs 10:26
As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is a sluggard to those who send him.

1 Thessalonians 5:14
And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone.

Proverbs 12:24
Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor.

Hebrews 6:11-12
We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

Proverbs 12:27
The lazy man does not roast his game, but the diligent man prizes his possessions.

2 Thessalonians 3:7
For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you,

Proverbs 13:4
The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.

Matthew 25:25-27
So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

Proverbs 15:19
The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.

Proverbs 19:15
Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless man goes hungry.

2 Thessalonians 3:6
In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers, to keep away from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching you received from us.

Proverbs 19:24
The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he will not even bring it back to his mouth!

Ecclesiastes 11:6
Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let not your hands be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.

Proverbs 20:4
A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.

Colossians 3:23
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,

Proverbs 21:25
The sluggard’s craving will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work.

Ecclesiastes 10:18
If a man is lazy, the rafters sag; if his hands are idle, the house leaks.

Proverbs 22:13
The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside!” or, “I will be murdered in the streets!”

Ephesians 4:28
He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.

Proverbs 24:30-31
I went past the field of the sluggard,past the vineyard of the man who lacks judgment;thorns had come up everywhere,the ground was covered with weeds,and the stone wall was in ruins.

Proverbs 26:15
The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.

Feel free to use these verses for Bible study material or a devotional. For more related articles click on the links below.

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Source:

Holy Bible, New International Version

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