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20 Bible Verses about Idleness

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Proverbs 19:24

A sluggard burieth his hand in the dish, and will not even bring it to his mouth again.

Proverbs 22:13

The sluggard saith, There is a lion without, I shall be killed in the streets!

Proverbs 26:13-16

The sluggard saith, There is a fierce lion in the way; a lion is in the midst of the streets! As the door turneth upon its hinges, so the sluggard upon his bed. The sluggard burieth his hand in the dish: it wearieth him to bring it again to his mouth.read more.
A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men that answer discreetly.

2 Thessalonians 3:6-15

Now we enjoin you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw from every brother walking disorderly and not according to the instruction which he received from us. For ye know yourselves how ye ought to imitate us, because we have not walked disorderly among you; nor have we eaten bread from any one without cost; but in toil and hardship working night and day not to be chargeable to any one of you:read more.
not that we have not the right, but that we might give ourselves as an example to you, in order to your imitating us. For also when we were with you we enjoined you this, that if any man does not like to work, neither let him eat. For we hear that there are some walking among you disorderly, not working at all, but busybodies. Now such we enjoin and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ, that working quietly they eat their own bread. But ye, brethren, do not faint in well-doing. But if any one obey not our word by the letter, mark that man, and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed of himself; and do not esteem him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.

1 Timothy 5:13

And, at the same time, they learn also to be idle, going about to people's houses; and not only idle, but also gossipers and meddlers, speaking things not becoming.

Hebrews 6:11-12

But we desire earnestly that each one of you shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end; that ye be not sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience have been inheritors of the promises.

Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways and be wise: which having no chief, overseer, or ruler, provideth her bread in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.

2 Thessalonians 3:7-9

For ye know yourselves how ye ought to imitate us, because we have not walked disorderly among you; nor have we eaten bread from any one without cost; but in toil and hardship working night and day not to be chargeable to any one of you: not that we have not the right, but that we might give ourselves as an example to you, in order to your imitating us.

Proverbs 6:9-11

How long, sluggard, wilt thou lie down? When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest! So shall thy poverty come as a roving plunderer, and thy penury as an armed man.

Proverbs 10:26

As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.

Proverbs 15:19

The way of the sluggard is as a hedge of thorns; but the path of the upright is made plain.