7 Bible Verses about Not Working

1 Timothy 5:8 ESV / 59 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.

2 Thessalonians 3:10 ESV / 54 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.

2 Thessalonians 3:12-16 ESV / 38 helpful votes

Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living. As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good. If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed. Do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother. Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.

2 Thessalonians 3:11 ESV / 26 helpful votes

For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies.

Ephesians 4:28 ESV / 26 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.

Hebrews 12:14 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.

Proverbs 24:33-34 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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.

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