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Want to know what the Bible says about Laziness? Here are 107 Bible verses about Laziness 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 13:4 NIV
A sluggard’s appetite is never filled,
    but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
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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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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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Proverbs 10:4 NIV
Lazy hands make for poverty,
    but diligent hands bring wealth.
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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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1 Timothy 5:8 NIV
Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
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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 20:4 NIV
Sluggards do not plow in season;
    so at harvest time they look but find nothing.
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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 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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John 5:17 NIV
In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.”
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Proverbs 6:6 NIV
Go to the ant, you sluggard;
    consider its ways and be wise!
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Proverbs 26:13-16 NIV
13 A sluggard says, “There’s a lion in the road,
    a fierce lion roaming the streets!”
14 As a door turns on its hinges,
    so a sluggard turns on his bed.
15 A sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
    he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.
16 A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes
    than seven people who answer discreetly.
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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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James 4:17 NIV
If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.
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James 1:22 NIV
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
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2 Thessalonians 3:11-12 NIV
11 We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. 12 Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat.
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Hebrews 13:16 NIV
And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
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2 Timothy 2:15 NIV
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
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