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Want to know what the Bible says about Being Lazy? Here are 25 Bible verses about Being Lazy from the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible, New International Version (NIV), sorted from the most relevant to the least relevant.

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Proverbs 18:9 NIV
One who is slack in his work
    is brother to one who destroys.
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Proverbs 13:4 NIV
A sluggard’s appetite is never filled,
    but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
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Proverbs 10:4-5 NIV
4 Lazy hands make for poverty,
    but diligent hands bring wealth.
5 He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son,
    but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.
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Proverbs 21:25 NIV
The craving of a sluggard will be the death of him,
    because his hands refuse to work.
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Proverbs 19:15 NIV
Laziness brings on deep sleep,
    and the shiftless go hungry.
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Proverbs 12:24 NIV
Diligent hands will rule,
    but laziness ends in forced labor.
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2 Thessalonians 3:10 NIV
For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”
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Matthew 7:21-23 NIV
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
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Mark 2:27 NIV
Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.
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Proverbs 6:6 NIV
Go to the ant, you sluggard;
    consider its ways and be wise!
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1 Corinthians 9:26 NIV
Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.
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Proverbs 10:4 NIV
Lazy hands make for poverty,
    but diligent hands bring wealth.
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Matthew 25:34 NIV
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.
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Luke 19:17 NIV
“‘Well done, my good servant!’ his master replied. ‘Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.’
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Proverbs 20:4 NIV
Sluggards do not plow in season;
    so at harvest time they look but find nothing.
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Proverbs 12:27 NIV
The lazy do not roast any game,
    but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.
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Hebrews 6:12 NIV
We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.
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Proverbs 3:1-2 NIV
3 My son, do not forget my teaching,
    but keep my commands in your heart,
2 for they will prolong your life many years
    and bring you peace and prosperity.
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Proverbs 14:23 NIV
All hard work brings a profit,
    but mere talk leads only to poverty.
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Colossians 3:23 NIV
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,
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