56 Bible Verses about Sloth

Proverbs 13:4 ESV / 158 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 12:24 ESV / 100 helpful votes

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

2 Thessalonians 3:10 ESV / 87 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.

Colossians 3:23 ESV / 76 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 15:19 ESV / 68 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 10:18 ESV / 55 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 24:30-34 ESV / 43 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 21:25-26 ESV / 40 helpful votes

The desire of the sluggard kills him, for his hands refuse to labor. All day long he craves and craves, but the righteous gives and does not hold back.

Matthew 25:26 ESV / 33 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?

Romans 12:11 ESV / 28 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 19:15 ESV / 25 helpful votes

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

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 21 helpful votes

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Proverbs 6:6-8 ESV / 20 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.

Proverbs 22:13 ESV / 17 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 21:25 ESV / 17 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 10:4 ESV / 17 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 20:4 ESV / 16 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 20:13 ESV / 15 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 18:9 ESV / 15 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 12:27 ESV / 15 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 6:6 ESV / 15 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 6:9 ESV / 14 helpful votes

How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep?

1 Timothy 5:13 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Besides that, they learn to be idlers, going about from house to house, and not only idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not.

Acts 17:21 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Now all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there would spend their time in nothing except telling or hearing something new.

Isaiah 56:10 ESV / 13 helpful votes

His watchmen are blind; they are all without knowledge; they are all silent dogs; they cannot bark, dreaming, lying down, loving to slumber.

Proverbs 26:16 ESV / 13 helpful votes

The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly.

2 Thessalonians 3:11 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 26:15 ESV / 11 helpful votes

The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; it wears him out to bring it back to his mouth.

Proverbs 24:34 ESV / 11 helpful votes

And poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.

Proverbs 24:30-31 ESV / 11 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.

Proverbs 24:30-32 ESV / 11 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.

Proverbs 19:24 ESV / 11 helpful votes

The sluggard buries his hand in the dish and will not even bring it back to his mouth.

Proverbs 24:30 ESV / 10 helpful votes

I passed by the field of a sluggard, by the vineyard of a man lacking sense,

Proverbs 12:11 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

Hebrews 6:12 ESV / 9 helpful votes

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

Matthew 25:18 ESV / 9 helpful votes

But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money.

Proverbs 26:14 ESV / 9 helpful votes

As a door turns on its hinges, so does a sluggard on his bed.

Proverbs 10:26 ESV / 9 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 31:27 ESV / 7 helpful votes

She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Proverbs 10:4-5 ESV / 7 helpful votes

A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.

1 Thessalonians 5:1-28 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 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. But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. ...

Colossians 4:1-7 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Masters, treat your slaves justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven. Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. ...

Judges 18:9 ESV / 6 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.

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 5 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,

1 Timothy 5:8 ESV / 5 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 3:6 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us.

Ephesians 4:28 ESV / 5 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.

Romans 3:23 ESV / 5 helpful votes

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Acts 17:11 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

Acts 17:10-11 ESV / 5 helpful votes

The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

Ezekiel 16:49 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy.

Proverbs 26:13 ESV / 5 helpful votes

The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road! There is a lion in the streets!”

Proverbs 26:13-16 ESV / 5 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.

Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 5 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. ...

Esther 5:1-14 ESV / 5 helpful votes

On the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king's palace, in front of the king's quarters, while the king was sitting on his royal throne inside the throne room opposite the entrance to the palace. And when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, she won favor in his sight, and he held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. Then Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter. And the king said to her, “What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given you, even to the half of my kingdom.” And Esther said, “If it please the king, let the king and Haman come today to a feast that I have prepared for the king.” Then the king said, “Bring Haman quickly, so that we may do as Esther has asked.” So the king and Haman came to the feast that Esther had prepared. ...

Genesis 2:15 ESV / 5 helpful votes

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

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