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Want to know what the Bible says about Idleness? Here are 207 Bible verses about Idleness 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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1 Timothy 5:13 NIV
Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also busybodies who talk nonsense, saying things they ought not to.
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Ecclesiastes 10:18 NIV
Through laziness, the rafters sag;
    because of idle hands, the house leaks.
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Proverbs 19:15 NIV
Laziness brings on deep sleep,
    and the shiftless go hungry.
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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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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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2 Thessalonians 3:11 NIV
We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies.
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Proverbs 31:27 NIV
She watches over the affairs of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.
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Proverbs 12:24 NIV
Diligent hands will rule,
    but laziness ends in forced labor.
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Ezekiel 16:49 NIV
“‘Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.
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Proverbs 20:13 NIV
Do not love sleep or you will grow poor;
    stay awake and you will have food to spare.
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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 20:4 NIV
Sluggards do not plow in season;
    so at harvest time they look but find nothing.
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Proverbs 10:4 NIV
Lazy hands make for poverty,
    but diligent hands bring wealth.
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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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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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1 Thessalonians 5:14 NIV
And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.
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Matthew 12:36 NIV
But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.
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2 Thessalonians 3:6 NIV
In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching you received from us.
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Proverbs 6:6 NIV
Go to the ant, you sluggard;
    consider its ways and be wise!
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Matthew 20:6 NIV
About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’
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