Bible Verses About Sloth


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 sloth

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.
sloth laziness

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.”

“Measure the time of your sleep appropriately so that you do not waste your precious morning hours sluggishly in your bed. Let the time of your sleep be matched to your health and labor, and not to slothful pleasure.” ~ Richard Baxter

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.

“It is because of our fallen state that some are lazy and refuse to work, while others are slothful and careless in their work. Sin causes some to view work selfishly – solely from a financial perspective. In other words, they have little regard for the service they may be able to render to God or the glory due to Him. They view work only as a way to get money and thus stuff for themselves.” ~ Ken Jones

Proverbs 19:15

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

Ecclesiastes 10:18

ESVThrough sloth the roof sinks in, and through indolence the house leaks.
KJVBy much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.
NASBThrough indolence the rafters sag, and through slackness the house leaks.
NIVThrough laziness, the rafters sag; because of idle hands, the house leaks.
NLTLaziness leads to a sagging roof; idleness leads to a leaky house.

Romans 12:11

ESVDo not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.
KJVNot slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
NASBnot lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;
NIVNever be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
NLTNever be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.

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.

Matthew 25:26

ESVBut 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?
KJVHis lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
NASB“But his master answered and said to him, ‘You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed.
NIV“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?
NLT“But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate,

Proverbs 21:25

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Proverbs 18:19

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