Bible Verses About Laziness


Proverbs 13:4

ESVThe soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.
KJVThe soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
NASBThe soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, But the soul of the diligent is made fat.
NIVA sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
NLTLazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.
Bible verses about laziness

Colossians 3:23

ESVWhatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,
KJVAnd whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
NASBWhatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men,
NIVWhatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,
NLTWork willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
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Proverbs 10:4

ESVA slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
KJVHe becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
NASBPoor is he who works with a negligent hand, But the hand of the diligent makes rich.
NIVLazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.
NLTLazy people are soon poor; hard workers get rich.

“It is not that doing nothing is of itself so wicked; it is the opportunity it affords to evil and empty thoughts; it is the wide door it opens for Satan to throw in the seeds of bad things; it is this which is mainly to be feared.” ~ J.C. Ryle

2 Thessalonians 3:10

ESVFor even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.
KJVFor even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
NASBFor even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either.
NIVFor even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”
NLTEven while we were with you, we gave you this command: “Those unwilling to work will not get to eat.”

“One of the most serious threats to the human spirit is boredom. Boredom is the breeding ground for wickedness. Bored people are easy targets of the flesh and the Devil. It is like putting a bull’s-eye on your chest with a sign: “Tempt me. I’m easy!” Why? Because boredom is contrary to the natural, God-given impulse for fascination, excitement, pleasure, and exhilaration.” ~ Sam Storms

Proverbs 18:9

ESVWhoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys.
KJVHe also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.
NASBHe also who is slack in his work Is brother to him who destroys.
NIVOne who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.
NLTA lazy person is as bad as someone who destroys things.

1 Timothy 5:8

ESVBut 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.
KJVBut if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
NASBBut if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
NIVAnyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
NLTBut those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers.

Proverbs 21:25

ESVThe desire of the sluggard kills him, for his hands refuse to labor.
KJVThe desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.
NASBThe desire of the sluggard puts him to death, For his hands refuse to work;
NIVThe craving of a sluggard will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work.
NLTDespite their desires, the lazy will come to ruin, for their hands refuse to work.

Proverbs 20:4

ESVThe sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing.
KJVThe sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.
NASBThe sluggard does not plow after the autumn, So he begs during the harvest and has nothing.
NIVSluggards do not plow in season; so at harvest time they look but find nothing.
NLTThose too lazy to plow in the right season will have no food at the harvest.

Proverbs 20:13

ESVLove not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.
KJVLove not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.
NASBDo not love sleep, or you will become poor; Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with food.
NIVDo not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.
NLTIf you love sleep, you will end in poverty. Keep your eyes open, and there will be plenty to eat!

Proverbs 19:15

ESVSlothfulness casts into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger.
KJVSlothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
NASBLaziness casts into a deep sleep, And an idle man will suffer hunger.
NIVLaziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless go hungry.
NLTLazy people sleep soundly, but idleness leaves them hungry.

Proverbs 12:24

ESVThe hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor.
KJVThe hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.
NASBThe hand of the diligent will rule, But the slack hand will be put to forced labor.
NIVDiligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.
NLTWork hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.

Daniel Isaiah Joseph

Daniel's seminary degree is in Exegetical Theology. He was a pastor for 10 years. As a professor, he has taught Bible and theology courses at two Christian universities. Please see the About page for details.

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