100 Bible Verses about Procrastination

Proverbs 13:4 ESV / 744 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 5:15-17 ESV / 507 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 12:24 ESV / 485 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 20:4 ESV / 449 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 27:1 ESV / 373 helpful votes

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

James 4:17 ESV / 314 helpful votes

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

Luke 9:59-62 ESV / 310 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.”

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 249 helpful votes

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Hebrews 12:11 ESV / 207 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.

Matthew 6:33 ESV / 204 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 12:25 ESV / 186 helpful votes

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

John 9:4 ESV / 183 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 12:40 ESV / 181 helpful votes

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

Luke 12:35 ESV / 181 helpful votes

“Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning,

Ecclesiastes 9:10 ESV / 177 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.

Ecclesiastes 11:4 ESV / 169 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 14:23 ESV / 151 helpful votes

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

Romans 7:20-21 ESV / 139 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.

Galatians 6:9 ESV / 137 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 / 132 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 18:9 ESV / 124 helpful votes

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

1 Thessalonians 5:2 ESV / 109 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 3:28 ESV / 107 helpful votes

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

Psalm 119:60 ESV / 101 helpful votes

I hasten and do not delay to keep your commandments.

1 Corinthians 14:40 ESV / 99 helpful votes

But all things should be done decently and in order.

2 Corinthians 8:10-14 ESV / 97 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 20:13 ESV / 89 helpful votes

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

Colossians 4:5 ESV / 85 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 4:2 ESV / 79 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 5:23 ESV / 79 helpful votes

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

Hosea 10:12 ESV / 78 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 / 76 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 / 75 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.”

Psalm 90:12 ESV / 71 helpful votes

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

Exodus 22:29 ESV / 67 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.

Proverbs 10:5 ESV / 66 helpful votes

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

Hebrews 3:7-19 ESV / 64 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 / 64 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.

Colossians 3:23 ESV / 63 helpful votes

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

2 Corinthians 6:2 ESV / 61 helpful votes

For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

Proverbs 22:13 ESV / 58 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 21:17 ESV / 58 helpful votes

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

Galatians 2:20 ESV / 56 helpful votes

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Proverbs 24:30-34 ESV / 56 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 6:6-8 ESV / 56 helpful votes

Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.

Psalm 39:4-5 ESV / 52 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

Proverbs 15:19 ESV / 51 helpful votes

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

Matthew 25:2-13 ESV / 50 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.’ ...

Proverbs 12:11 ESV / 49 helpful votes

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

Hebrews 3:15 ESV / 48 helpful votes

As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”

Haggai 1:4-6 ESV / 46 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.

James 4:13-15 ESV / 45 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.”

Colossians 3:23-24 ESV / 40 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.

Judges 18:9 ESV / 37 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.

Isaiah 55:6 ESV / 36 helpful votes

“Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near;

Isaiah 41:10 ESV / 36 helpful votes

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Psalm 121:1-8 ESV / 35 helpful votes

A Song of Ascents. I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. ...

Ezekiel 12:22 ESV / 34 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’?

Luke 1:37 ESV / 33 helpful votes

For nothing will be impossible with God.”

James 4:13-14 ESV / 31 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.

Psalm 132:3-5 ESV / 30 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.”

Job 7:13-14 ESV / 30 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,

2 Timothy 1:7 ESV / 29 helpful votes

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Ephesians 5:16 ESV / 29 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 5:15-16 ESV / 29 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.

James 4:14 ESV / 28 helpful votes

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.

Galatians 5:22 ESV / 26 helpful votes

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

1 Corinthians 15:32 ESV / 26 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.”

Matthew 8:21 ESV / 26 helpful votes

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

Deuteronomy 23:21 ESV / 26 helpful votes

“If you make a vow to the Lord your God, you shall not delay fulfilling it, for the Lord your God will surely require it of you, and you will be guilty of sin.

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 25 helpful votes

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,

James 1:5 ESV / 25 helpful votes

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

Hebrews 3:12-13 ESV / 25 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.

Romans 12:2 ESV / 25 helpful votes

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 8:28 ESV / 25 helpful votes

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

John 16:33 ESV / 25 helpful votes

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

John 14:6 ESV / 25 helpful votes

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Luke 12:46-48 ESV / 25 helpful votes

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 unfaithful. And that servant who knew his master's will but did not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating. But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.

Matthew 19:26 ESV / 25 helpful votes

But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 25 helpful votes

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-22 ESV / 25 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; ...

Proverbs 3:5 ESV / 25 helpful votes

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

Psalm 46:10 ESV / 25 helpful votes

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

Luke 9:61 ESV / 24 helpful votes

Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.”

Proverbs 11:29 ESV / 24 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV / 23 helpful votes

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Romans 12:1 ESV / 23 helpful votes

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

Romans 8:18 ESV / 23 helpful votes

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

Romans 8:1 ESV / 23 helpful votes

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Luke 14:21 ESV / 23 helpful votes

So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house became angry and said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame.’

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

Luke 13:25 ESV / 22 helpful votes

When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us,’ then he will answer you, ‘I do not know where you come from.’

Matthew 5:25 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison.

Jeremiah 13:16 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Give glory to the Lord your God before he brings darkness, before your feet stumble on the twilight mountains, and while you look for light he turns it into gloom and makes it deep darkness.

Ecclesiastes 12:1 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”;

Ecclesiastes 5:4 ESV / 22 helpful votes

When you vow a vow to God, do not delay paying it, for he has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you vow.

Psalm 95:7-8 ESV / 22 helpful votes

For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah, as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,

Deuteronomy 1:41 ESV / 22 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.

Amos 6:1-14 ESV / 21 helpful votes

“Woe to those who are at ease in Zion, and to those who feel secure on the mountain of Samaria, the notable men of the first of the nations, to whom the house of Israel comes! Pass over to Calneh, and see, and from there go to Hamath the great; then go down to Gath of the Philistines. Are you better than these kingdoms? Or is their territory greater than your territory, O you who put far away the day of disaster and bring near the seat of violence? “Woe to those who lie on beds of ivory and stretch themselves out on their couches, and eat lambs from the flock and calves from the midst of the stall, who sing idle songs to the sound of the harp and like David invent for themselves instruments of music, ...

Psalm 27:8 ESV / 21 helpful votes

You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, Lord, do I seek.”

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