56 Bible Verses about Procrastination

Proverbs 13:4 ESV / 348 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 12:24 ESV / 221 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 20:4 ESV / 191 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 5:15-17 ESV / 165 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 27:1 ESV / 131 helpful votes

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

Luke 9:59-62 ESV / 110 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.”

Proverbs 12:25 ESV / 65 helpful votes

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

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 64 helpful votes

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Romans 7:20-21 ESV / 63 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 / 58 helpful votes

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

James 4:17 ESV / 54 helpful votes

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

Luke 12:35 ESV / 52 helpful votes

“Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning,

John 9:4 ESV / 50 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 / 46 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 / 42 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 9:10 ESV / 40 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.

1 Thessalonians 5:2 ESV / 26 helpful votes

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

2 Corinthians 8:10-14 ESV / 26 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.

Hebrews 12:11 ESV / 20 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.

1 Corinthians 14:40 ESV / 20 helpful votes

But all things should be done decently and in order.

Matthew 25:2-13 ESV / 20 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 20:13 ESV / 20 helpful votes

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

Hebrews 3:7-19 ESV / 18 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.’”

Proverbs 3:28 ESV / 18 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 4:2 ESV / 16 helpful votes

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

Galatians 5:22-23 ESV / 16 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.

Proverbs 5:23 ESV / 16 helpful votes

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

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?

Matthew 8:21 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

Psalm 119:60 ESV / 14 helpful votes

I hasten and do not delay to keep your commandments.

Proverbs 29:1 ESV / 12 helpful votes

He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck, will suddenly be broken beyond healing.

Proverbs 22:13 ESV / 12 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 10:5 ESV / 12 helpful votes

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

Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 12 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.

Galatians 6:9 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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

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.”

Matthew 25:1-13 ESV / 10 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.

Matthew 24:48-51 ESV / 10 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.

Haggai 1:4-6 ESV / 10 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.

Ezekiel 12:22 ESV / 10 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 10:4 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

Exodus 22:29 ESV / 10 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.

Matthew 5:23-24 ESV / 8 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.

Ezekiel 12:28 ESV / 8 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 14:23 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

James 4:13-15 ESV / 7 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.”

1 Thessalonians 5:3 ESV / 7 helpful votes

While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

Colossians 4:5 ESV / 7 helpful votes

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

Haggai 1:9-11 ESV / 7 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.”

Hosea 10:12 ESV / 7 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.

Deuteronomy 1:41 ESV / 7 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.

Hebrews 3:12-15 ESV / 6 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.”

Exodus 8:9-10 ESV / 6 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.

Amos 5:18-20 ESV / 5 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?

Ezra 6:14 ESV / 5 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;

Ezra 4:4-6 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Then the people of the land discouraged the people of Judah and made them afraid to build and bribed counselors against them to frustrate their purpose, all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia. And in the reign of Ahasuerus, in the beginning of his reign, they wrote an accusation against the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem.

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