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160 Bible Verses about Laziness

In our fast-paced world, it’s easy to fall into either constant busyness or comfortable laziness. Striking the right balance is key. For those seeking spiritual strength to overcome idleness and pursue a purposeful life, the Bible provides invaluable wisdom. This collection of 160 Bible verses about laziness shines a light on the dangers of laziness and the importance of hard work and perseverance. Let’s uncover how these teachings can help us transform our approach to daily challenges and embrace a more active, fulfilling life.

Consequences of Laziness

  • Proverbs 6:9-11 – “How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.”
  • Proverbs 10:4 – “Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.”
  • Proverbs 19:15 – “Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless go hungry.”
  • Proverbs 20:4 – “Sluggards do not plow in season; so at harvest time they look but find nothing.”
  • Proverbs 21:25 – “The craving of a sluggard will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work.”
  • Proverbs 24:30-34 – “I went past the field of a sluggard, past the vineyard of someone who has no sense; thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins. I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw: A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.”
  • Ecclesiastes 10:18 – “Through laziness, the rafters sag; because of idle hands, the house leaks.”
  • Proverbs 13:4 – “A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.”
  • Proverbs 15:19 – “The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.”
  • Proverbs 18:9 – “One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.”

Attitudes Towards Work and Avoiding Laziness

  • Colossians 3:23 – “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:10 – “For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: ‘The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.'”
  • Proverbs 14:23 – “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.”
  • Ephesians 4:28 – “Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.”
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 – “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.”
  • Proverbs 12:11 – “Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense.”
  • Proverbs 12:24 – “Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.”
  • Proverbs 16:3 – “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:12 – “We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies.”
  • Titus 3:14 – “Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives.”

Avoiding Laziness with Planning and Initiative

  • Proverbs 6:6-8 – “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.”
  • Proverbs 13:16 – “A wise man thinks ahead; a fool doesn’t, and even brags about it!”
  • Proverbs 24:27 – “Put your outdoor work in order and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.”
  • Proverbs 27:23-27 – “Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds; for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations. When the hay is removed and new growth appears and the grass from the hills is gathered in, the lambs will provide you with clothing, and the goats with the price of a field. You will have plenty of goats’ milk to feed your family and to nourish your female servants.”
  • Luke 14:28-30 – “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’”
  • Proverbs 21:5 – “The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.”
  • Proverbs 22:29 – “Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before obscure men.”
  • Proverbs 31:16 – “She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.”
  • Proverbs 31:21-22 – “When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.”
  • Matthew 25:26-27 – “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.'”

Laziness and Avoidance of Effort 

  • Proverbs 26:13-16 – “A sluggard says, ‘There’s a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!’ As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed. The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth. The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven people who answer discreetly.”
  • Proverbs 15:19 – “The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.”
  • Proverbs 19:24 – “A sluggard buries his hand in the dish and will not even bring it back to his mouth!”
  • Proverbs 22:13 – “The sluggard says, ‘There’s a lion outside! I’ll be killed in the public square!’”
  • Proverbs 26:15 – “The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.”
  • Proverbs 28:19 – “Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.”
  • Ecclesiastes 4:5 – “Fools fold their hands and ruin themselves.”
  • Matthew 25:26 – “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed?'”
  • Proverbs 12:27 – “The lazy do not roast any game, but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.”
  • Proverbs 24:33-34 – “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.”

Laziness as Contrast with Diligence

  • Proverbs 10:5 – “He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.”
  • Proverbs 12:24 – “Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor.”
  • Proverbs 12:27 – “The lazy do not roast any game, but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.”
  • Proverbs 13:4 – “The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully met.”
  • Proverbs 21:5 – “The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage, but everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty.”
  • Proverbs 22:29 – “Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.”
  • Proverbs 27:23 – “Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds.”
  • Proverbs 31:27 – “She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.”
  • 2 Peter 1:5-7 – “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness.”
  • Romans 12:11 – “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.”

Spiritual Laziness

  • Hebrews 6:12 – “We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.”
  • Revelation 3:15-16 – “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”
  • 2 Peter 1:10 – “Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble.”
  • Hebrews 5:11 – “We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn.”
  • Matthew 25:26-30 – “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.'”
  • 1 Corinthians 15:58 – “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:11 – “We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies.”
  • Hebrews 6:11-12 – “We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized.”
  • James 2:17 – “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”
  • James 2:20 – “You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless?”

Laziness, Idleness, and Trouble

  • 2 Thessalonians 3:11 – “We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies.”
  • 1 Timothy 5:13 – “Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also busybodies who talk nonsense, saying things they ought not to.”
  • Proverbs 16:27-29 – “Scoundrels create trouble; their words are a destructive blaze. A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.”
  • Ezekiel 16:49 – “Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.”
  • Proverbs 10:26 – “As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so are sluggards to those who send them.”
  • Proverbs 18:9 – “One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.”
  • Titus 1:12 – “One of Crete’s own prophets has said it: ‘Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.'”
  • Proverbs 19:15 – “Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless go hungry.”
  • Ecclesiastes 10:18 – “Through laziness, the rafters sag; because of idle hands, the house leaks.”
  • Proverbs 24:33-34 – “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.”

Social Impact of Laziness

  • Proverbs 10:26 – “As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so are sluggards to those who send them.”
  • Proverbs 18:9 – “One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.”
  • Proverbs 21:25-26 – “The sluggard’s craving will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work. All day long he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparing.”
  • Proverbs 24:30-34 – “I went past the field of a sluggard, past the vineyard of someone who has no sense; thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins. I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw: A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.”
  • Proverbs 19:15 – “Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless go hungry.”
  • Proverbs 28:19 – “Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.”
  • Ecclesiastes 4:5 – “Fools fold their hands and ruin themselves.”
  • Proverbs 10:4 – “Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.”
  • Proverbs 12:24 – “Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.”
  • Proverbs 13:4 – “A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.”

Laziness and Personal Responsibility

  • Proverbs 6:9-11 – “How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.”
  • Proverbs 20:4 – “Sluggards do not plow in season; so at harvest time they look but find nothing.”
  • Proverbs 26:13-16 – “The sluggard says, ‘There’s a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!’ As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed. The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth. The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven people who answer discreetly.”
  • Proverbs 24:30-34 – “I went past the field of a sluggard, past the vineyard of someone who has no sense; thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins. I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw: A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.”
  • Proverbs 19:15 – “Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless go hungry.”
  • Ecclesiastes 10:18 – “Through laziness, the rafters sag; because of idle hands, the house leaks.”
  • Proverbs 12:24 – “Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.”
  • Proverbs 12:27 – “The lazy do not roast any game, but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.”
  • Proverbs 28:19 – “Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.”
  • Proverbs 15:19 – “The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.”

Laziness and Its Remedies

  • Proverbs 6:6-8 – “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.”
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 – “For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: ‘The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.’ We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies.”
  • Ephesians 4:28 – “Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.”
  • Proverbs 24:27 – “Put your outdoor work in order and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.”
  • Luke 14:28-30 – “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’”
  • Matthew 25:26-27 – “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.'”
  • Proverbs 10:5 – “He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.”
  • Proverbs 12:24 – “Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor.”
  • Proverbs 13:4 – “The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully met.”
  • 2 Peter 1:5-7 – “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness.”

Laziness in Leadership

  • Proverbs 12:24 – “Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.”
  • Ecclesiastes 10:16-17 – “Woe to the land whose king was a servant and whose princes feast in the morning. Blessed are you, O land, whose king is of noble birth and whose princes eat at a proper time—for strength and not for drunkenness.”
  • Proverbs 18:9 – “One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.”
  • Proverbs 24:30-34 – “I went past the field of a sluggard, past the vineyard of someone who has no sense; thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins. I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw: A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.”
  • Proverbs 28:19 – “Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.”
  • Ecclesiastes 10:18 – “Through laziness, the rafters sag; because of idle hands, the house leaks.”
  • Proverbs 10:4 – “Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.”
  • Proverbs 12:27 – “The lazy do not roast any game, but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.”
  • Proverbs 13:4 – “A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.”
  • Proverbs 15:19 – “The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.”

Laziness and Community

  • Proverbs 10:26 – “As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so are sluggards to those who send them.”
  • Proverbs 18:9 – “One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.”
  • Proverbs 21:25-26 – “The sluggard’s craving will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work. All day long he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparing.”
  • Proverbs 24:30-34 – “I went past the field of a sluggard, past the vineyard of someone who has no sense; thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins. I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw: A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.”
  • Proverbs 19:15 – “Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless go hungry.”
  • Proverbs 28:19 – “Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.”
  • Ecclesiastes 4:5 – “Fools fold their hands and ruin themselves.”
  • Proverbs 10:4 – “Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.”
  • Proverbs 12:24 – “Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.”
  • Proverbs 13:4 – “A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.”

Laziness and Wealth

  • Proverbs 10:4 – “Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.”
  • Proverbs 10:5 – “He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.”
  • Proverbs 12:11 – “Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense.”
  • Proverbs 12:24 – “Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.”
  • Proverbs 13:4 – “A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.”
  • Proverbs 14:23 – “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.”
  • Proverbs 18:9 – “One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.”
  • Proverbs 19:15 – “Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless go hungry.”
  • Proverbs 21:25-26 – “The sluggard’s craving will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work. All day long he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparing.”
  • Proverbs 24:30-34 – “I went past the field of a sluggard, past the vineyard of someone who has no sense; thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins. I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw: A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.”

Laziness and Godliness

  • 2 Thessalonians 3:10 – “For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: ‘The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.'”
  • Ephesians 4:28 – “Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.”
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 – “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.”
  • Proverbs 12:24 – “Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.”
  • Proverbs 12:27 – “The lazy do not roast any game, but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.”
  • Proverbs 13:4 – “The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully met.”
  • Proverbs 21:5 – “The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage, but everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty.”
  • Proverbs 22:29 – “Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.”
  • Proverbs 27:23 – “Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds.”
  • Proverbs 31:27 – “She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.”

Laziness and Morality

  • Proverbs 10:4 – “Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.”
  • Proverbs 12:24 – “Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.”
  • Proverbs 12:27 – “The lazy do not roast any game, but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.”
  • Proverbs 13:4 – “The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully met.”
  • Proverbs 21:5 – “The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage, but everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty.”
  • Proverbs 22:29 – “Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.”
  • Proverbs 27:23 – “Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds.”
  • Proverbs 31:27 – “She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.”
  • 2 Peter 1:5-7 – “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness.”
  • Romans 12:11 – “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.”

Laziness and Social Welfare

  • Hebrews 6:12 – “We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.”
  • Revelation 3:15-16 – “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”
  • 2 Peter 1:10 – “Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble.”
  • Hebrews 5:11 – “We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn.”
  • Matthew 25:26-30 – “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.'”
  • 1 Corinthians 15:58 – “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:11 – “We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies.”
  • Hebrews 6:11-12 – “We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized.”
  • James 2:17 – “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”
  • James 2:20 – “You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless?”

Conclusion

Reflecting on these 160 Bible verses about laziness, we’re inspired by God to embrace diligence and avoid complacency. These Scriptures motivate us to live purposefully and honor the gifts He has given us. Let’s apply this timeless wisdom daily, moving away from passivity towards productivity. May this exploration of biblical insights encourage us to actively pursue a meaningful life under God’s guidance!

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