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20 Bible Verses about Idleness

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Proverbs 19:24

A lazy person buries his hand in the dish, and even to his mouth he will not bring it back.

Proverbs 22:13

A lazy person says "A lion in the street! In the middle of the highway, I shall be killed!"

Proverbs 26:13-16

A lazy person says "A lion [is] in the road! A lion among the streets!" The door turns on its hinge, and a lazy person on his bed. A lazy person buries his hands in the dish; he is [too] tired to return it to his mouth.read more.
A lazy person is wiser in his eyes than seven who answer discreetly.

2 Thessalonians 3:6-15

But we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, [that] you keep away from every brother who lives irresponsibly and not according to the tradition that they received from us. For you yourselves know how it is necessary to imitate us, that we did not behave irresponsibly among you, nor did we eat bread from anyone without paying, but with toil and labor, [we were] working night and day in order not to be a burden to any of you,read more.
not that we do not have the right, but so that we may give ourselves [as] an example to you, so that [you] may imitate us. For even when we were with you, we used to command this to you: that if anyone does not want to work, neither should he eat. For we hear [that] some among you are living irresponsibly, working [at] nothing, but being busybodies. Now we command and we exhort such people in the Lord Jesus Christ that, working with quietness, they eat their own bread. But [as for] you, brothers, do not be discouraged [while] doing what is right. But if anyone does not obey our message through this letter, take note not to associate with him, in order that he may be put to shame. And do not consider [him] as an enemy, but admonish [him] as a brother.

1 Timothy 5:13

And at the same time also, going around from house to house, they learn [to be] idle, and not only idle, but also gossipy and busybodies, saying the things [that are] not necessary.

Hebrews 6:11-12

And we desire each one of you to demonstrate the same diligence for the full assurance of [your] hope until the end, in order that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who inherit the promises through faith and patience.

Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, lazy! Consider its ways and be wise. It has no chief, officer, or ruler. In the summer, it prepares its food; in the harvest, it gathers its sustenance.

2 Thessalonians 3:7-9

For you yourselves know how it is necessary to imitate us, that we did not behave irresponsibly among you, nor did we eat bread from anyone without paying, but with toil and labor, [we were] working night and day in order not to be a burden to any of you, not that we do not have the right, but so that we may give ourselves [as] an example to you, so that [you] may imitate us.

Proverbs 6:9-11

How long will you lie down, lazy? When will you rise up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands for rest-- like a {robber} shall your poverty come, and what you lack like an armed man.

Proverbs 10:26

Like vinegar to the tooth and like smoke to the eyes, thus [is] the lazy to one who employs him.

Proverbs 15:19

The way of the lazy is like a hedge of thorns, but the path of the upright [is] a highway.

Topics on Idleness

Idleness Leads To

20;10;4

A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent enriches.

Idleness, Consequences Of

20;20;13

Do not love sleep, lest you become poor; open your eyes [and] have plenty bread.