25 Bible Verses About Laziness (ESV)

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This is a hand-curated and ranked list of the most relevant Bible verses about Laziness (ESV). Verses are ranked by number of votes.

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Bible Verses About Laziness

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Proverbs 13:4

  The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing,
    while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.

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536

Colossians 3:23

23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,

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424

Proverbs 10:4

  A slack hand causes poverty,
    but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

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422

2 Thessalonians 3:10

10 For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.

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305

Proverbs 18:9

  Whoever is slack in his work
    is a brother to him who destroys.

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296

1 Timothy 5:8

But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

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263

Proverbs 21:25

25   The desire of the sluggard kills him,
    for his hands refuse to labor.

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246

Proverbs 24:30-34

30   I passed by the field of a sluggard,
    by the vineyard of a man lacking sense,
31   and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns;
    the ground was covered with nettles,
    and its stone wall was broken down.
32   Then I saw and considered it;
    I looked and received instruction.
33   A little sleep, a little slumber,
    a little folding of the hands to rest,
34   and poverty will come upon you like a robber,
    and want like an armed man.

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231

Proverbs 20:4

  The sluggard does not plow in the autumn;
    he will seek at harvest and have nothing.

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214

Proverbs 20:13

13   Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty;
    open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.

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196

Proverbs 19:15

15   Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep,
    and an idle person will suffer hunger.

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174

Proverbs 12:24

24   The hand of the diligent will rule,
    while the slothful will be put to forced labor.

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162

John 5:17

17 But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”

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155

Proverbs 6:6

  Go to the ant, O sluggard;
    consider her ways, and be wise.

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145

Proverbs 26:13-16

13   The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road!
    There is a lion in the streets!”
14   As a door turns on its hinges,
    so does a sluggard on his bed.
15   The sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
    it wears him out to bring it back to his mouth.
16   The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes
    than seven men who can answer sensibly.

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142

James 4:17

17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

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141

Proverbs 14:23

23   In all toil there is profit,
    but mere talk tends only to poverty.

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141

James 1:22

22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

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122

2 Thessalonians 3:11-12

11 For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. 12 Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.

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114

Hebrews 13:16

16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

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107

2 Timothy 2:15

15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

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102

Genesis 2:15

15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.

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100

Ecclesiastes 9:10

10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.

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89

Romans 12:11

11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.

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85

Proverbs 10:5

  He who gathers in summer is a prudent son,
    but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.

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