Working Hard And Not Being Lazy
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He becomes poor who works with a slack and idle hand, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavor; be aglow and burning with the Spirit, serving the Lord.
The hand of the diligent will rule, but the slothful will be put to forced labor.
The appetite of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the appetite of the diligent is abundantly supplied.
The sluggard does not plow when winter sets in; therefore he begs in harvest and has nothing.
The thoughts of the [steadily] diligent tend only to plenteousness, but everyone who is impatient and hasty hastens only to want.
In order that you may not grow disinterested and become [spiritual] sluggards, but imitators, behaving as do those who through faith ( by their leaning of the entire personality on God in Christ in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness) and by practice of patient endurance and waiting are [now] inheriting the promises.
In all labor there is profit, but idle talk leads only to poverty.
Concerning this we have much to say which is hard to explain, since you have become dull in your [spiritual] hearing and sluggish [even slothful in achieving spiritual insight].
For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty, and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.
Do you see a man diligent and skillful in his business? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.
He who gathers in summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.
For while we were yet with you, we gave you this rule and charge: If anyone will not work, neither let him eat.
Indeed, we hear that some among you are disorderly [that they are passing their lives in idleness, neglectful of duty], being busy with other people's affairs instead of their own and doing no work.
Speaking of this as he does in all of his letters. There are some things in those [epistles of Paul] that are difficult to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist and misconstrue to their own utter destruction, just as [they distort and misinterpret] the rest of the Scriptures.
Cursed be he who does the work of the Lord negligently [with slackness, deceitfully]; and cursed be he who keeps back his sword from blood [in executing judgment pronounced by the Lord].
Let heavier work be laid upon the men that they may labor at it and pay no attention to lying words.
The proverbs of Solomon: A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish and self-confident son is the grief of his mother.
So, beloved, since you are expecting these things, be eager to be found by Him [at His coming] without spot or blemish and at peace [in serene confidence, free from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts].
He who guards his mouth keeps his life, but he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol (the place of the dead), where you are going.
- Active Lifestyles
- Avoiding Poverty
- Business Ethics
- Diligence And Laziness Contrasted
- Diligence, Results Of
- Diligence, Rewards Of
- Doing Your Best
- Forced Labour
- Hard Tasks
- Idleness Leads To
- Idleness, Consequences Of
- In Men's Presence
- Leisure, Nature And Purpose Of
- Men Working
- Poverty, Causes Of
- Servants, Good
- Serving God
- Sloth, Leads To
- Success And Hard Work