80 Bible Verses about Laziness

Proverbs 13:4 ESV / 677 helpful votes

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

Colossians 3:23 ESV / 492 helpful votes

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

2 Thessalonians 3:10 ESV / 407 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 10:4 ESV / 391 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 18:9 ESV / 313 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 5:8 ESV / 270 helpful votes

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.

Proverbs 21:25 ESV / 231 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 20:4 ESV / 220 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 24:30-34 ESV / 204 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 20:13 ESV / 192 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 19:15 ESV / 170 helpful votes

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

John 5:17 ESV / 156 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 6:6 ESV / 138 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 12:24 ESV / 131 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 26:13-16 ESV / 124 helpful votes

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

2 Thessalonians 3:11-12 ESV / 122 helpful votes

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

Hebrews 13:16 ESV / 113 helpful votes

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

James 1:22 ESV / 110 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 2:15 ESV / 108 helpful votes

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.

James 4:17 ESV / 105 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 14:23 ESV / 105 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 9:10 ESV / 100 helpful votes

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.

Genesis 2:15 ESV / 100 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 ESV / 95 helpful votes

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

Proverbs 10:5 ESV / 91 helpful votes

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

Colossians 3:17 ESV / 76 helpful votes

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Hebrews 12:11 ESV / 75 helpful votes

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Romans 12:11 ESV / 75 helpful votes

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

Matthew 25:26-30 ESV / 68 helpful votes

But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV / 60 helpful votes

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Ephesians 4:28 ESV / 58 helpful votes

Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.

James 1:23 ESV / 54 helpful votes

For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror.

Hebrews 6:12 ESV / 53 helpful votes

So that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Colossians 3:23-24 ESV / 53 helpful votes

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

James 2:18 ESV / 52 helpful votes

But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

Proverbs 10:26 ESV / 49 helpful votes

Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to those who send him.

Luke 16:10 ESV / 47 helpful votes

“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.

Revelation 14:12 ESV / 45 helpful votes

Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.

Proverbs 12:27 ESV / 45 helpful votes

Whoever is slothful will not roast his game, but the diligent man will get precious wealth.

Proverbs 22:29 ESV / 39 helpful votes

Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.

Hebrews 6:10-12 ESV / 38 helpful votes

For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do. And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Matthew 7:12 ESV / 38 helpful votes

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

Colossians 3:24 ESV / 37 helpful votes

Knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

James 1:23-25 ESV / 36 helpful votes

For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.

2 Peter 3:15-16 ESV / 34 helpful votes

And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.

Ecclesiastes 10:18 ESV / 33 helpful votes

Through sloth the roof sinks in, and through indolence the house leaks.

Titus 2:5 ESV / 32 helpful votes

To be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.

John 7:17 ESV / 30 helpful votes

If anyone's will is to do God's will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.

1 Corinthians 10:7 ESV / 28 helpful votes

Do not be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.”

Jeremiah 15:16 ESV / 28 helpful votes

Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts.

1 Thessalonians 5:14 ESV / 27 helpful votes

And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.

Matthew 7:21-23 ESV / 26 helpful votes

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

1 Thessalonians 4:10-12 ESV / 24 helpful votes

For that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.

2 Corinthians 12:20 ESV / 22 helpful votes

For I fear that perhaps when I come I may find you not as I wish, and that you may find me not as you wish—that perhaps there may be quarreling, jealousy, anger, hostility, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder.

Isaiah 1:19-20 ESV / 22 helpful votes

If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be eaten by the sword; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

1 Thessalonians 2:13 ESV / 21 helpful votes

And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.

Acts 2:45-47 ESV / 17 helpful votes

And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

Isaiah 32:9-10 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Rise up, you women who are at ease, hear my voice; you complacent daughters, give ear to my speech. In little more than a year you will shudder, you complacent women; for the grape harvest fails, the fruit harvest will not come.

Isaiah 32:9-20 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Rise up, you women who are at ease, hear my voice; you complacent daughters, give ear to my speech. In little more than a year you will shudder, you complacent women; for the grape harvest fails, the fruit harvest will not come. Tremble, you women who are at ease, shudder, you complacent ones; strip, and make yourselves bare, and tie sackcloth around your waist. Beat your breasts for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine, for the soil of my people growing up in thorns and briers, yes, for all the joyous houses in the exultant city.

Isaiah 1:1-31 ESV / 15 helpful votes

The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth; for the Lord has spoken: “Children have I reared and brought up, but they have rebelled against me. The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master's crib, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.” Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, children who deal corruptly! They have forsaken the Lord, they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they are utterly estranged. Why will you still be struck down? Why will you continue to rebel? The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.

Psalm 90:12 ESV / 15 helpful votes

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.

Ephesians 2:10 ESV / 14 helpful votes

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Galatians 5:13 ESV / 14 helpful votes

For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

Psalm 51:12 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.

Habakkuk 3:18-19 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer's; he makes me tread on my high places. To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments.

Proverbs 1:1-33 ESV / 12 helpful votes

The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel: To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth— Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance,

Habakkuk 3:2 ESV / 10 helpful votes

O Lord, I have heard the report of you, and your work, O Lord, do I fear. In the midst of the years revive it; in the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy.

Jonah 1:1-17 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me.” But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went on board, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord. But the Lord hurled a great wind upon the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship threatened to break up. Then the mariners were afraid, and each cried out to his god. And they hurled the cargo that was in the ship into the sea to lighten it for them. But Jonah had gone down into the inner part of the ship and had lain down and was fast asleep.

Proverbs 31:10-31 ESV / 10 helpful votes

An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar.

Psalm 91:1-92:15 ESV / 10 helpful votes

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day,

Exodus 5:17 ESV / 10 helpful votes

But he said, “You are idle, you are idle; that is why you say, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to the Lord.’

Philippians 2:13 ESV / 7 helpful votes

For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Proverbs 15:19 ESV / 7 helpful votes

The way of a sluggard is like a hedge of thorns, but the path of the upright is a level highway.

2 Corinthians 9:6 ESV / 5 helpful votes

The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

Proverbs 12:11 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.

Exodus 5:8 ESV / 5 helpful votes

But the number of bricks that they made in the past you shall impose on them, you shall by no means reduce it, for they are idle. Therefore they cry, ‘Let us go and offer sacrifice to our God.’

1 Timothy 5:9-10 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Let a widow be enrolled if she is not less than sixty years of age, having been the wife of one husband, and having a reputation for good works: if she has brought up children, has shown hospitality, has washed the feet of the saints, has cared for the afflicted, and has devoted herself to every good work.

John 3:1-36 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

Isaiah 40:30-31 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Proverbs 13:5 ESV / 3 helpful votes

The righteous hates falsehood, but the wicked brings shame and disgrace.

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