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 Chapter 6: Verses 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 Chapter 10: Verses 4 - 5

As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is a sluggard to those who send him.
Proverbs Chapter 10: Verse 26

Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor.
Proverbs Chapter 12: Verse 24

The lazy man does not roast his game, but the diligent man prizes his possessions.
Proverbs Chapter 12: Verse 27

The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
Proverbs Chapter 13: Verse 4

All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.
Proverbs Chapter 14: Verse 23

The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.
Proverbs Chapter 15: Verse 19

One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.
Proverbs Chapter 18: Verse 9

Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless man goes hungry.
Proverbs Chapter 19: Verse 15

The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he will not even bring it back to his mouth!
Proverbs Chapter 19: Verse 24

A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.
Proverbs Chapter 20: Verse 4

Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.
Proverbs Chapter 20: Verse 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 Chapter 21: Verses 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 Chapter 24: Verses 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 Chapter 26: Verses 14 - 15

The fool folds his hands and ruins himself.
Ecclesiastes Chapter 4: Verse 5

If a man is lazy, the rafters sag; if his hands are idle, the house leaks.
Ecclesiastes Chapter 10: Verse 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 Chapter 16: Verse 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 Chapter 56: Verse 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 Chapter 25: Verses 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 Chapter 19: Verses 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 Chapter 17: Verse 21

Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
Romans Chapter 12: Verse 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 Chapter 3: Verses 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 Chapter 3: Verses 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 Chapter 5: Verses 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 Chapter 6: Verses 11 - 12

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