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19 Bible Verses about Procrastination

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Proverbs 6:2

trapped by your own words, and caught by your own words,

Proverbs 6:4

Don't allow yourself to sleep or even to close your eyes.

Ecclesiastes 11:3-4

If the clouds are full of rain, they will pour out on the earth; if a tree falls toward the south or the north, wherever it falls, there it will lay. Whoever keeps staring at the wind won't sow; whoever daydreams won't reap.

Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, you lazy man! Observe its ways and become wise. It has no commander, officer, or ruler, but prepares its provisions in the summer and gathers its food in the harvest.

Exodus 22:29

"You are not to hold back the fullness of your harvest and the outflow of your wine presses. You are to give to me the firstborn of your sons.

Deuteronomy 23:21

"When you make a vow to the LORD your God, don't delay paying it, because the LORD your God will certainly demand payment from you, and then you will be guilty of sin.

Proverbs 15:19

The lifestyle of the lazy is like a thorny hedge, but the path taken by the upright is an open highway.

Proverbs 22:13

The lazy person says, "There is a lion outside! I will be killed in the street!"

Proverbs 26:13-15

The lazy person claims, "There is a lion in the road! There's a lion in the streets!" The door turns on its hinges as does the lazy person on his bed. The lazy person buries his hand in the dish, but he's too tired to bring it to his mouth again.

Ecclesiastes 5:4

When you make a promise to God, don't fail to keep it, since he isn't pleased with fools. Keep what you promise

Matthew 8:21-22

Then another of his disciples told him, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father." But Jesus told him, "Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead."

Matthew 25:1-12

"At that time, the kingdom from heaven will be comparable to ten bridesmaids who took their oil lamps and went out to meet the groom. Now five of them were foolish, and five were wise, because when the foolish ones took their lamps, they didn't take any oil with them. read more.
But the wise ones took flasks of oil with their lamps. Since the groom was late, all of them became sleepy and lay down. But at midnight there came a shout: "The groom is here! Come out to meet him!' Then all the bridesmaids woke up and got their lamps ready. "But the foolish ones told the wise, "Give us some of your oil, because our lamps are going out!' "But the wise ones replied, "No! There will never be enough for us and for you. You'd better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.' "While they were away buying it, the groom arrived. Those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet, and the door was closed. Later, the other bridesmaids arrived and said, "Lord, lord, open up for us!' "But he replied, "I tell all of you with certainty, I don't know you!'

Luke 9:59-62

He told another man, "Follow me." But he said, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father." But he told him, "Let the dead bury their own dead. But you go and proclaim the kingdom of God." Still another man said, "I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say goodbye to those at home."read more.
Jesus told 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 a man came up to Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what good deed should I do to have eternal life?" Jesus asked him, "Why ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you want to get into that life, you must keep the commandments." The young man asked him, "Which ones?"read more.
Jesus said, ""You must not murder, you must not commit adultery, you must not steal, you must not give false testimony, honor your father and mother,' and, "you must love your neighbor as yourself.'" The young man told him, "I have kept all of these. What do I still lack?" Jesus told him, "If you want to be perfect, go and sell what you own and give the money to the destitute, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come back and follow me." But when the young man heard this statement he went away sad, because he had many possessions.

2 Corinthians 8:10-14

I am giving you my opinion on this matter because it will be helpful to you. Last year you were not only willing to do something, but had already started to do it. Now finish what you began, so that your eagerness to do so may be matched by your eagerness to complete it. For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what you have, not according to what you do not have.read more.
Not that others should have relief while you have hardship. Rather, it is a question of fairness. At the present time, your surplus fills their need, so that their surplus may fill your need. In this way things are fair.

Jeremiah 13:16

Give glory to the LORD your God before he brings darkness, before your feet stumble on the mountains at twilight. You hope for light, but he turns it into deep darkness. He changes it into heavy gloom.

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Procrastination » To be avoided in » Performance of vows

Ecclesiastes 5:4

When you make a promise to God, don't fail to keep it, since he isn't pleased with fools. Keep what you promise

Deuteronomy 23:21

"When you make a vow to the LORD your God, don't delay paying it, because the LORD your God will certainly demand payment from you, and then you will be guilty of sin.

Procrastination » Danger of, illustrated

Matthew 5:25

Come to terms quickly with your opponent while you are on the way to court, or your opponent may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison.

Luke 13:25

After the homeowner gets up and closes the door, you can stand outside, knock on the door, and say again and again, "Lord, open the door for us!' But he will answer you, "I don't know where you come from.'

Procrastination » Saints avoid

Psalm 119:60

I hurried and did not procrastinate to keep your commands.

Procrastination » Causes of » Family cares

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 twilight. You hope for light, but he turns it into deep darkness. He changes it into heavy gloom.

Procrastination » Motives for avoiding » The uncertainty of life

Procrastination » Causes of » Worldly entanglements

Genesis 19:16

But Lot kept lingering in the city, so the men grabbed his hand and the hands of his wife and two daughters (because of the LORD's compassion for him!), brought them out of the city, and left them outside.

Procrastination » Exemplified

Genesis 19:16

But Lot kept lingering in the city, so the men grabbed his hand and the hands of his wife and two daughters (because of the LORD's compassion for him!), brought them out of the city, and left them outside.

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

Psalm 119:60

I hurried and did not procrastinate to keep your commands.

Procrastination » To be avoided in » Making offerings to God

Exodus 22:29

"You are not to hold back the fullness of your harvest and the outflow of your wine presses. You are to give to 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 and the flock in his care. If only you would listen to his voice today, do not be stubborn like your ancestors were at Meribah, as on that day at Massah, in the wilderness,

Procrastination » Instances of » Elisha

1 Kings 19:20-21

He abandoned the oxen, ran off to follow Elijah, and asked him, "Please, let me kiss my mother and father good-bye, and then I'll come after you." "Go back again," Elijah replied. "What have I done to you?" So Elisha turned back, took the pair of oxen, sacrificed them, boiled their flesh using the farm implements for fuel, and gave the food to the people with him. Then he got up, followed Elijah, and became his servant.

Procrastination » Condemned by Christ

Luke 9:59-62

He told another man, "Follow me." But he said, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father." But he told him, "Let the dead bury their own dead. But you go and proclaim the kingdom of God." Still another man said, "I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say goodbye to those at home." read more.
Jesus told 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 a resurrection of the dead, some began joking about it, while others said, "We will hear you again about this."

Procrastination » Instances of » Pharaoh

Procrastination » Instances of » Esther

Esther 5:8

If I've found favor with the king and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and to honor my request, let the king and Haman come to the banquet that I'll prepare for them tomorrow, and then I'll do what the king has said."

Salvation » Neglect of » Procrastination

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