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Want to know what the Bible says about slothfulness? Here are 59 Bible verses about slothfulness 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 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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Proverbs 6:6 NIV
Go to the ant, you sluggard;
    consider its ways and be wise!
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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 20:4 NIV
Sluggards do not plow in season;
    so at harvest time they look but find nothing.
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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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Ecclesiastes 10:18 NIV
Through laziness, the rafters sag;
    because of idle hands, the house leaks.
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Proverbs 19:24 NIV
A sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
    he will not even bring it back to his mouth!
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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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Romans 12:11 NIV
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
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Proverbs 22:13 NIV
The sluggard says, “There’s a lion outside!
    I’ll be killed in the public square!”
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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 10:4 NIV
Lazy hands make for poverty,
    but diligent hands bring wealth.
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Proverbs 15:19 NIV
The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns,
    but the path of the upright is a highway.
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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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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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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 12:27 NIV
The lazy do not roast any game,
    but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.
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Proverbs 10:26 NIV
As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,
    so are sluggards to those who send them.
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