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19 Bible Verses about Procrastination

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Proverbs 6:2

you have been trapped by the words of your lips—
ensnared by the words of your mouth.

Proverbs 6:4

Don’t give sleep to your eyes
or slumber to your eyelids.

Ecclesiastes 11:3-4

If the clouds are full, they will pour out rain on the earth;
whether a tree falls to the south or the north,
the place where the tree falls, there it will lie. One who watches the wind will not sow,
and the one who looks at the clouds will not reap.

Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, you slacker!
Observe its ways and become wise. Without leader, administrator, or ruler, it prepares its provisions in summer;
it gathers its food during harvest.

Exodus 22:29

“You must not hold back offerings from your harvest or your vats. Give Me the firstborn of your sons.

Deuteronomy 23:21

“If you make a vow to the Lord your God, do not be slow to keep it, because He will require it of you, and it will be counted against you as sin.

Proverbs 15:19

A slacker’s way is like a thorny hedge,
but the path of the upright is a highway.

Proverbs 22:13

The slacker says, “There’s a lion outside!
I’ll be killed in the public square!”

Proverbs 26:13-15

The slacker says, “There’s a lion in the road—
a lion in the public square!” A door turns on its hinges,
and a slacker, on his bed. The slacker buries his hand in the bowl;
he is too weary to bring it to his mouth.

Ecclesiastes 5:4

When you make a vow to God, don’t delay fulfilling it, because He does not delight in fools. Fulfill what you vow.

Matthew 8:21-22

“Lord,” another of His disciples said, “first let me go bury my father.” But Jesus told him, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

Matthew 25:1-12

“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like 10 virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the groom. Five of them were foolish and five were sensible. When the foolish took their lamps, they didn’t take olive oil with them.read more.
But the sensible ones took oil in their flasks with their lamps. Since the groom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. “In the middle of the night there was a shout: ‘Here’s the groom! Come out to meet him.’ “Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps. But the foolish ones said to the sensible ones, ‘Give us some of your oil, because our lamps are going out.’ “The sensible ones answered, ‘No, there won’t be enough for us and for you. Go instead to those who sell, and buy oil for yourselves.’ “When they had gone to buy some, the groom arrived. Then those who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet, and the door was shut. “Later the rest of the virgins also came and said, ‘Master, master, open up for us!’ “But he replied, ‘I assure you: I do not know you!’

Luke 9:59-62

Then He said to another, “Follow Me.”“Lord,” he said, “first let me go bury my father.” But He told him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and spread the news of the kingdom of God.” Another also said, “I will follow You, Lord, but first let me go and say good-bye to those at my house.”read more.
But Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Matthew 19:16-22

Just then someone came up and asked Him, “Teacher, what good must I do to have eternal life?” “Why do you ask Me about what is good?” He said to him. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” “Which ones?” he asked Him. Jesus answered:Do not murder;
do not commit adultery;
do not steal;
do not bear false witness;read more.
honor your father and your mother;
and love your neighbor as yourself. “I have kept all these,” the young man told Him. “What do I still lack?” “If you want to be perfect,” Jesus said to him, “go, sell your belongings and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.” When the young man heard that command, he went away grieving, because he had many possessions.

2 Corinthians 8:10-14

Now I am giving an opinion on this because it is profitable for you, who a year ago began not only to do something but also to desire it. But now finish the task as well, that just as there was eagerness to desire it, so there may also be a completion from what you have. For if the eagerness is there, it is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.read more.
It is not that there may be relief for others and hardship for you, but it is a question of equality— at the present time your surplus is available for their need, so their abundance may also become available for our need, so there may be equality.

Jeremiah 13:16

Give glory to the Lord your God
before He brings darkness,
before your feet stumble
on the mountains at dusk.
You wait for light,
but He brings darkest gloom
and makes thick darkness.

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Procrastination » To be avoided in » Performance of vows

Ecclesiastes 5:4

When you make a vow to God, don’t delay fulfilling it, because He does not delight in fools. Fulfill what you vow.

Deuteronomy 23:21

“If you make a vow to the Lord your God, do not be slow to keep it, because He will require it of you, and it will be counted against you as sin.

Procrastination » Danger of, illustrated

Matthew 5:25

Reach a settlement quickly with your adversary while you’re on the way with him, or your adversary will hand you over to the judge, the judge to the officer, and you will be thrown into prison.

Luke 13:25

once the homeowner gets up and shuts the door. Then you will stand outside and knock on the door, saying, ‘Lord, open up for us!’ He will answer you, ‘I don’t know you or where you’re from.’

Procrastination » Saints avoid

Psalm 119:60

I hurried, not hesitating
to keep Your commands.

Procrastination » Causes of » Family cares

Luke 9:61

Another also said, “I will follow You, Lord, but first let me go and say good-bye to those at my house.”

Procrastination » Motives for avoiding » The present the accepted time

Procrastination » Motives for avoiding » The present the best time

Procrastination » To be avoided in » Glorifying God

Jeremiah 13:16

Give glory to the Lord your God
before He brings darkness,
before your feet stumble
on the mountains at dusk.
You wait for light,
but He brings darkest gloom
and makes thick darkness.

Procrastination » Motives for avoiding » The uncertainty of life

Procrastination » Causes of » Worldly entanglements

Genesis 19:16

But he hesitated. Because of the Lord’s compassion for him, the men grabbed his hand, his wife’s hand, and the hands of his two daughters. Then they brought him out and left him outside the city.

Procrastination » Exemplified

Genesis 19:16

But he hesitated. Because of the Lord’s compassion for him, the men grabbed his hand, his wife’s hand, and the hands of his two daughters. Then they brought him out and left him outside the city.

Procrastination » To be avoided in » Keeping God's commandments

Psalm 119:60

I hurried, not hesitating
to keep Your commands.

Procrastination » To be avoided in » Making offerings to God

Exodus 22:29

“You must not hold back offerings from your harvest or your vats. Give Me the firstborn of your sons.

Procrastination » To be avoided in » Hearkening to God

Psalm 95:7-8

For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, the sheep under His care. Today, if you hear His voice: "Do not harden your hearts as at Meribah, as on that day at Massah in the wilderness

Procrastination » Instances of » Elisha

1 Kings 19:20-21

Elisha left the oxen, ran to follow Elijah, and said, "Please let me kiss my father and mother, and then I will follow you." "Go on back," he replied, "for what have I done to you?" So he turned back from following him, took the team of oxen, and slaughtered them. With the oxen's wooden yoke and plow, he cooked the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he left, followed Elijah, and served him.

Procrastination » Condemned by Christ

Luke 9:59-62

Then He said to another, "Follow Me." "Lord," he said, "first let me go bury my father." But He told him, "Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and spread the news of the kingdom of God." Another also said, "I will follow You, Lord, but first let me go and say good-bye to those at my house." read more.
But Jesus said to him, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God."

Procrastination » To be avoided in » Seeking God

Procrastination » Exemplified » Felix

Procrastination » Causes of » Personal convenience

Procrastination » Causes of » Unbelief

Acts 17:32

When they heard about resurrection of the dead, some began to ridicule him. But others said, “We’d like to hear from you again about this.”

Procrastination » Instances of » Pharaoh

Exodus 8:10

“Tomorrow,” he answered.Moses replied, “As you have said, so you may know there is no one like Yahweh our God,

Procrastination » Instances of » Esther

Esther 5:8

If the king approves of me and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and perform my request, may the king and Haman come to the banquet I will prepare for them. Tomorrow I will do what the king has asked.”

Salvation » Neglect of » Procrastination

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