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Top 25 Bible Verses About Procrastination (ESV)

This is a hand-curated and ranked list of 25 of the most relevant Bible verses about Procrastination (ESV). Verses are ranked by number of votes.

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Proverbs 13:4

373 votes

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

Ephesians 5:15-17

258 votes

15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Proverbs 12:24

242 votes

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

Proverbs 20:4

224 votes

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


Proverbs 27:1

188 votes

27:1   Do not boast about tomorrow,
    for you do not know what a day may bring.

James 4:17

158 votes

17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

Luke 9:59-62

155 votes

59 To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 60 And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” 62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”


Philippians 4:13

124 votes

13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Hebrews 12:11

105 votes

11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Matthew 6:33

102 votes

33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.


Proverbs 12:25

93 votes

25   Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down,
    but a good word makes him glad.

John 9:4

93 votes

We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.

Luke 12:40

91 votes

40 You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”


Luke 12:35

91 votes

35 “Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning,

Ecclesiastes 9:10

89 votes

10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.

Ecclesiastes 11:4

85 votes

  He who observes the wind will not sow,
    and he who regards the clouds will not reap.


Proverbs 14:23

76 votes

23   In all toil there is profit,
    but mere talk tends only to poverty.

Romans 7:20-21

70 votes

20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.

21 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand.

Galatians 6:9

69 votes

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.


Proverbs 10:4

66 votes

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

Proverbs 18:9

63 votes

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

1 Thessalonians 5:2

55 votes

For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

Proverbs 3:28

54 votes

28   Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again,
    tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you.

Psalm 119:60

51 votes

60   I hasten and do not delay
    to keep your commandments.

1 Corinthians 14:40

50 votes

40 But all things should be done decently and in order.



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