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Bible Study Topic: Idleness

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How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep?
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest-
and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.
Proverbs 6:9-11
 
Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.
He who gathers crops in summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.
Proverbs 10:4-5
 
As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is a sluggard to those who send him.
Proverbs 10:26
 
Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor.
Proverbs 12:24
 
The lazy man does not roast his game, but the diligent man prizes his possessions.
Proverbs 12:27
 
The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
Proverbs 13:4
 
All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.
Proverbs 14:23
 
The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.
Proverbs 15:19
 
One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.
Proverbs 18:9
 
Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless man goes hungry.
Proverbs 19:15
 
The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he will not even bring it back to his mouth!
Proverbs 19:24
 
A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.
Proverbs 20:4
 
Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.
Proverbs 20:13
 
The sluggard's craving will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work.
All day long he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparing.
Proverbs 21:25-26
 
thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins.
I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw:
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest-
and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.
Proverbs 24:31-34
 
As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed.
The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.
Proverbs 26:14-15
 
The fool folds his hands and ruins himself.
Ecclesiastes 4:5
 
If a man is lazy, the rafters sag; if his hands are idle, the house leaks.
Ecclesiastes 10:18
 
" 'Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.
Ezekiel 16:49
 
Israel's watchmen are blind, they all lack knowledge; they are all mute dogs, they cannot bark; they lie around and dream, they love to sleep.
Isaiah 56:10
 
"His master replied, 'You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed?
Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
Matthew 25:26-27
 
"Then another servant came and said, 'Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth.
I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow.'
"His master replied, 'I will judge you by your own words, you wicked servant! You knew, did you, that I am a hard man, taking out what I did not put in, and reaping what I did not sow?
Why then didn't you put my money on deposit, so that when I came back, I could have collected it with interest?'
"Then he said to those standing by, 'Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.'
" 'Sir,' they said, 'he already has ten!'
Luke 19:20-25
 
(All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.)
Acts 17:21
 
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
Romans 12:11
 
In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers, to keep away from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching you received from us.
For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you,
2 Thessalonians 3:6-7
 
For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: "If a man will not work, he shall not eat."
We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies.
2 Thessalonians 3:10-11
 
As for younger widows, do not put them on such a list. For when their sensual desires overcome their dedication to Christ, they want to marry.
Thus they bring judgment on themselves, because they have broken their first pledge.
Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying things they ought not to.
1 Timothy 5:11-13
 
We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure.
We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.The Certainty of God's Promise
Hebrews 6:11-12
 
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