71 Bible Verses about Procrastination

Proverbs 13:4 ESV / 442 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 12:24 ESV / 273 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 5:15-17 ESV / 253 helpful votes

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Proverbs 20:4 ESV / 247 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 27:1 ESV / 175 helpful votes

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.

Luke 9:59-62 ESV / 147 helpful votes

To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

James 4:17 ESV / 111 helpful votes

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

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 95 helpful votes

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Proverbs 12:25 ESV / 76 helpful votes

Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.

John 9:4 ESV / 71 helpful votes

We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.

Luke 12:35 ESV / 70 helpful votes

“Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning,

Romans 7:20-21 ESV / 68 helpful votes

Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand.

Matthew 6:33 ESV / 67 helpful votes

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Luke 12:40 ESV / 64 helpful votes

You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

Ecclesiastes 11:4 ESV / 58 helpful votes

He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.

Hebrews 12:11 ESV / 56 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.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 ESV / 54 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.

2 Corinthians 8:10-14 ESV / 38 helpful votes

And in this matter I give my judgment: this benefits you, who a year ago started not only to do this work but also to desire to do it. So now finish doing it as well, so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have. For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have. For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of fairness your abundance at the present time should supply their need, so that their abundance may supply your need, that there may be fairness.

Proverbs 3:28 ESV / 36 helpful votes

Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you.

1 Corinthians 14:40 ESV / 35 helpful votes

But all things should be done decently and in order.

Proverbs 20:13 ESV / 35 helpful votes

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

1 Thessalonians 5:2 ESV / 34 helpful votes

For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

Proverbs 14:23 ESV / 31 helpful votes

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

Galatians 6:9 ESV / 29 helpful votes

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

Proverbs 10:4 ESV / 27 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 5:23 ESV / 27 helpful votes

He dies for lack of discipline, and because of his great folly he is led astray.

Proverbs 10:5 ESV / 25 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 4:2 ESV / 24 helpful votes

Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.

Colossians 4:5 ESV / 24 helpful votes

Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.

Psalm 119:60 ESV / 23 helpful votes

I hasten and do not delay to keep your commandments.

Hebrews 3:7-19 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness, where your fathers put me to the test and saw my works for forty years. Therefore I was provoked with that generation, and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart; they have not known my ways.’ As I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter my rest.’” ...

Galatians 5:22-23 ESV / 22 helpful votes

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Matthew 25:2-13 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ ...

Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 19 helpful votes

A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. ...

James 4:13-15 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”

Haggai 1:4-6 ESV / 17 helpful votes

“Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, while this house lies in ruins? Now, therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways. You have sown much, and harvested little. You eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill. You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages does so to put them into a bag with holes.

Proverbs 18:9 ESV / 17 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 22:13 ESV / 16 helpful votes

The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside! I shall be killed in the streets!”

Psalm 90:12 ESV / 16 helpful votes

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

Matthew 8:21 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Another of the disciples said to him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”

Matthew 25:26 ESV / 14 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?

Proverbs 21:17 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Whoever loves pleasure will be a poor man; he who loves wine and oil will not be rich.

Ephesians 5:16 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.

Hebrews 3:12-15 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”

Matthew 24:48-51 ESV / 12 helpful votes

But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed,’ and begins to beat his fellow servants and eats and drinks with drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know and will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Hosea 10:12 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.

Acts 24:25 ESV / 10 helpful votes

And as he reasoned about righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment, Felix was alarmed and said, “Go away for the present. When I get an opportunity I will summon you.”

Ezekiel 12:28 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Therefore say to them, Thus says the Lord God: None of my words will be delayed any longer, but the word that I speak will be performed, declares the Lord God.”

Proverbs 11:29 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Whoever troubles his own household will inherit the wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise of heart.

Psalm 132:3-5 ESV / 10 helpful votes

“I will not enter my house or get into my bed, I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids, until I find a place for the Lord, a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.”

Psalm 39:4-5 ESV / 10 helpful votes

“O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am! Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Selah

Job 7:13-14 ESV / 10 helpful votes

When I say, ‘My bed will comfort me, my couch will ease my complaint,’ then you scare me with dreams and terrify me with visions,

1 Corinthians 15:32 ESV / 9 helpful votes

What do I gain if, humanly speaking, I fought with beasts at Ephesus? If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.”

Proverbs 24:30-34 ESV / 9 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.

Judges 18:9 ESV / 9 helpful votes

They said, “Arise, and let us go up against them, for we have seen the land, and behold, it is very good. And will you do nothing? Do not be slow to go, to enter in and possess the land.

Exodus 22:29 ESV / 9 helpful votes

“You shall not delay to offer from the fullness of your harvest and from the outflow of your presses. The firstborn of your sons you shall give to me.

Amos 5:18-20 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Woe to you who desire the day of the Lord! Why would you have the day of the Lord? It is darkness, and not light, as if a man fled from a lion, and a bear met him, or went into the house and leaned his hand against the wall, and a serpent bit him. Is not the day of the Lord darkness, and not light, and gloom with no brightness in it?

Proverbs 12:11 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

Numbers 13:30-31 ESV / 8 helpful votes

But Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.” Then the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are.”

Exodus 8:9-10 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Moses said to Pharaoh, “Be pleased to command me when I am to plead for you and for your servants and for your people, that the frogs be cut off from you and your houses and be left only in the Nile.” And he said, “Tomorrow.” Moses said, “Be it as you say, so that you may know that there is no one like the Lord our God.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-22 ESV / 7 helpful votes

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; ...

Matthew 5:23-24 ESV / 6 helpful votes

So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

Matthew 5:5 ESV / 6 helpful votes

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Haggai 1:9-11 ESV / 6 helpful votes

You looked for much, and behold, it came to little. And when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why? declares the Lord of hosts. Because of my house that lies in ruins, while each of you busies himself with his own house. Therefore the heavens above you have withheld the dew, and the earth has withheld its produce. And I have called for a drought on the land and the hills, on the grain, the new wine, the oil, on what the ground brings forth, on man and beast, and on all their labors.”

Amos 5:1-27 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Hear this word that I take up over you in lamentation, O house of Israel: “Fallen, no more to rise, is the virgin Israel; forsaken on her land, with none to raise her up.” For thus says the Lord God: “The city that went out a thousand shall have a hundred left, and that which went out a hundred shall have ten left to the house of Israel.” For thus says the Lord to the house of Israel: “Seek me and live; but do not seek Bethel, and do not enter into Gilgal or cross over to Beersheba; for Gilgal shall surely go into exile, and Bethel shall come to nothing.” ...

Ezekiel 12:22 ESV / 6 helpful votes

“Son of man, what is this proverb that you have about the land of Israel, saying, ‘The days grow long, and every vision comes to nothing’?

Proverbs 13:11 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.

Deuteronomy 1:41 ESV / 6 helpful votes

“Then you answered me, ‘We have sinned against the Lord. We ourselves will go up and fight, just as the Lord our God commanded us.’ And every one of you fastened on his weapons of war and thought it easy to go up into the hill country.

Matthew 25:1-13 ESV / 5 helpful votes

“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. ...

Jeremiah 2:32 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Can a virgin forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? Yet my people have forgotten me days without number.

Ezra 6:14 ESV / 3 helpful votes

And the elders of the Jews built and prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. They finished their building by decree of the God of Israel and by decree of Cyrus and Darius and Artaxerxes king of Persia;

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