Most Relevant Verses
Go to the ant, O sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise, Which, having no chief, Officer or ruler, Prepares her food in the summer And gathers her provision in the harvest.read more.
How long will you lie down, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? "A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest"-- Your poverty will come in like a vagabond And your need like an armed man.
More Verses on Sluggards
The sluggard does not plow after the autumn, So he begs during the harvest and has nothing.
The desire of the sluggard puts him to death, For his hands refuse to work; All day long he is craving, While the righteous gives and does not hold back.
I passed by the field of the sluggard And by the vineyard of the man lacking sense, And behold, it was completely overgrown with thistles; Its surface was covered with nettles, And its stone wall was broken down.
The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, But the soul of the diligent is made fat.
Poor is he who works with a negligent hand, But the hand of the diligent makes rich.
He who gathers in summer is a son who acts wisely, But he who sleeps in harvest is a son who acts shamefully.
Do not love sleep, or you will become poor; Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with food.
"A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest," Then your poverty will come as a robber And your want like an armed man.
In all labor there is profit, But mere talk leads only to poverty.
"And the one also who had received the one talent came up and said, 'Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed. 'And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.' "But his master answered and said to him, 'You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed.read more.
'Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest. 'Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.' "For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. "Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.
Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from every brother who leads an unruly life and not according to the tradition which you received from us.
At the same time they also learn to be idle, as they go around from house to house; and not merely idle, but also gossips and busybodies, talking about things not proper to mention.
One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said, "Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons."
Our people must also learn to engage in good deeds to meet pressing needs, so that they will not be unfruitful.
so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.