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Top 25 Bible Verses About Slothfulness (ESV)

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

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Proverbs 19:15

64 votes

15   Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep,
    and an idle person will suffer hunger.

Proverbs 12:24

53 votes

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

2 Thessalonians 3:10

50 votes

10 For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.

Proverbs 13:4

49 votes

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


Proverbs 6:6

47 votes

  Go to the ant, O sluggard;
    consider her ways, and be wise.

Proverbs 20:4

45 votes

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

Proverbs 24:30-34

41 votes

30   I passed by the field of a sluggard,
    by the vineyard of a man lacking sense,
31   and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns;
    the ground was covered with nettles,
    and its stone wall was broken down.
32   Then I saw and considered it;
    I looked and received instruction.
33   A little sleep, a little slumber,
    a little folding of the hands to rest,
34   and poverty will come upon you like a robber,
    and want like an armed man.


Colossians 3:23

40 votes

23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,

Ecclesiastes 10:18

36 votes

18   Through sloth the roof sinks in,
    and through indolence the house leaks.

Proverbs 19:24

35 votes

24   The sluggard buries his hand in the dish
    and will not even bring it back to his mouth.


Proverbs 21:25

34 votes

25   The desire of the sluggard kills him,
    for his hands refuse to labor.

Romans 12:11

31 votes

11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.

Proverbs 22:13

31 votes

13   The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside!
    I shall be killed in the streets!”


Proverbs 18:9

30 votes

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

Proverbs 10:4

30 votes

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

Proverbs 15:19

29 votes

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


Hebrews 6:12

28 votes

12 so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Proverbs 26:13-16

27 votes

13   The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road!
    There is a lion in the streets!”
14   As a door turns on its hinges,
    so does a sluggard on his bed.
15   The sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
    it wears him out to bring it back to his mouth.
16   The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes
    than seven men who can answer sensibly.

1 Timothy 5:8

24 votes

But 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.


Proverbs 12:27

23 votes

27   Whoever is slothful will not roast his game,
    but the diligent man will get precious wealth.

Proverbs 10:26

23 votes

26   Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,
    so is the sluggard to those who send him.

Matthew 25:26

21 votes

26 But 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?

Colossians 3:17

20 votes

17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Proverbs 24:30

18 votes

30   I passed by the field of a sluggard,
    by the vineyard of a man lacking sense,

Romans 12:10-11

17 votes

10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.



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