Bible verses about "being lazy" | CAB

Genesis 2:1-25

1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and the whole host of them. 2 And God finished on the sixth day His works which He made, and He ceased on the seventh day from all His works which He made. 3 And God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He ceased from all His works which God began to do. 4 This is the book of the generations of heaven and earth, when they were made, in the day in which the Lord God made the heaven and the earth, 5 and every herb of the field before it was on the earth, and all the grass of the field before it sprang up, for God had not rained on the earth, and there was not a man to cultivate it. 6 But there rose a fountain out of the earth, and watered the whole face of the earth. 7 And God formed the man of the dust of the earth, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul. 8 And God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and placed there the man whom He had formed. 9 And God made to spring up also out of the earth every tree beautiful to the eye and good for food, and the tree of life in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. 10 And a river proceeded out of Eden to water the garden, and it divided itself there into four heads. 11 The name of the one is Pishon, this it is which encircles the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 And the gold of that land is good, there also is carbuncle and emerald. 13 And the name of the second river is Gihon, this it is which encircles the whole land of Ethiopia. 14 And the third river is Tigris, this is that which flows forth over against the Assyrians. And the fourth river is Euphrates. 15 And the Lord God took the man whom He had formed, and placed him in the garden of Delight, to cultivate and keep it. 16 And the Lord God gave a charge to Adam, saying, Of every tree which is in the garden you may freely eat, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil — of it you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it, you shall surely die. 18 And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone, let Us make for him a helper suitable to him. 19 And God formed yet farther out of the earth all the wild beasts of the field, and all the birds of the sky, and He brought them to Adam, to see what he would call them, and whatever Adam called any living creature, that was the name of it. 20 And Adam gave names to all the cattle and to all the birds of the sky, and to all the wild beasts of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to himself. 21 And God brought a trance upon Adam, and he slept, and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. 22 And God formed the rib which he took from Adam into a woman, and brought her to Adam. 23 And Adam said, This now is bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman, because she was taken out of her husband. 24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother and shall cleave to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. 25 (3:1) And the two were naked, both Adam and his wife, and were not ashamed

Psalms 119:44-47

44 So shall I keep Your law continually, even forever and ever. 45 I walked also at large; for I sought out Your commandments. 46 And I spoke of Your testimonies before kings, and was not ashamed. 47 And I meditated on Your commandments, which I loved exceedingly.

Proverbs 3:1-2

1 My son, forget not my laws, but let your heart keep my words: 2 for length of days, and years of life, and peace, shall they add to you.

Proverbs 26:1-28

1 As dew in harvest, and as rain in summer, so honor is not seemly for a fool. 2 As birds and sparrows fly, so a curse shall not come upon anyone without a cause. 3 As a whip for a horse, and a goad for a donkey, so is a rod for a simple nation. 4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you become like him. 5 Yet answer a fool according to his folly, lest he seem wise in his own conceit. 6 He that sends a message by a foolish messenger procures for himself a reproach from his own ways. 7 As well take away the motion of the legs, as transgression from the mouth of fools. 8 He that binds up a stone in a sling, is like one that gives glory to a fool. 9 Thorns grow in the hand of a drunkard, and servitude in the hand of fools. 10 All the flesh of fools endures much hardship, for their fury is brought to nought. 11 As when a dog returns to his own vomit, and becomes abominable, so is a fool who returns in his wickedness to his own sin. (26:11A) There is a shame that brings sin, and there is a shame that is glory and grace. 12 I have seen a man who seemed to himself to be wise; but a fool had more hope than he. 13 A sluggard when sent on a journey says, There is a lion in the road, and there are murderers in the streets. 14 As a door turns on the hinge, so does a sluggard on his bed. 15 A sluggard having hid his hand in his bosom, will not be able to bring it up to his mouth. 16 A sluggard seems to himself wiser than one who most satisfactorily brings back a message. 17 As he that lays hold of a dog's tail, so is he that makes himself the champion of another's cause. 18 As those who need correction put forth fair words to men, and he that first falls in with the proposal will be overthrown; 19 so are all that lay wait for their own friends, and when they are discovered, say, I did it in jest. 20 With much wood fire increases, but where there is not a double-minded man, strife ceases. 21 A hearth for coals, and wood for fire, and a railing man for the tumult of strife. 22 The words of a talebearer are soft; but they strike even to the inmost parts of the bowels. 23 Silver dishonestly given is to be considered as a potsherd; smooth lips cover a grievous heart. 24 A weeping enemy promises all things with his lips, but in his heart he contrives deceit. 25 Though your enemy intreat you with a loud voice, consent not: for there are seven abominations in his heart. 26 He that hides enmity frames deceit, but being easily discerned, exposes his own sins in the public assemblies. 27 He that digs a pit for his neighbor shall fall into it, and he that rolls a stone, rolls it upon himself. 28 A lying tongue hates the truth, and an unguarded mouth causes tumults.

Isaiah 11:4-12

4 but He shall judge the cause of the lowly, and shall reprove the lowly of the earth; and He shall smite the earth with the word of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips shall He destroy the ungodly one. 5 And He shall have His loins girded with righteousness, and His sides clothed with truth. 6 And the wolf shall feed with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the young calf and bull and lion shall feed together; and a little child shall lead them. 7 And the ox and bear shall feed together; and their young shall be together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8 And an infant shall put his hand into the holes of asps, and on the nest of young asps. 9 And they shall not be hurt, nor shall they be able to destroy anyone on My holy mountain; for the whole world is filled with the knowledge of the Lord, as much water covers the seas. 10 And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, and He that shall arise to rule over the Gentiles; in Him shall the Gentiles trust, and His rest shall be glorious. 11 And it shall be in that day, that the Lord shall again show His hand, to be zealous for the remnant that is left of the people, which shall be left by the Assyrians, and that from Egypt, and from the country of Babylon, and from Ethiopia, and from the Elamites, and from the rising of the sun, and out of Arabia. 12 And He shall lift up a standard for the nations, and He shall gather the lost ones of Israel, and He shall gather the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.

Matthew 7:21-23

21 "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name we cast out demons, and in Your name we did many mighty works?' 23 "And then I will confess to them, 'I never knew you! Depart from Me, you who work iniquity!'

Mark 2:27

27 And He said to them, "The Sabbath came into being for the sake of man, and not man for the sake of the Sabbath.

1 Corinthians 9:26

26 Therefore I run thus: not as without a goal, thus I box: not as one beating the air.

2 Thessalonians 3:10

10 For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone is not willing to work, neither let him eat!

Proverbs 12:24

24 The hand of chosen men shall easily obtain rule, but the deceitful shall be for a prey.

Ephesians 6:11-18

11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the stratagems of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenlies. 13 Because of this, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having accomplished all things, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 through every prayer and petition, praying in every season in the Spirit, being watchful to this same thing with all perseverance and petition concerning all the saints--

Proverbs 19:15

15 Cowardice possesses the effeminate man, and the soul of the sluggard shall hunger.

Matthew 25:14-30

14 "For it is as if a man leaving on a journey, who called his own servants and handed over his possessions to them. 15 And to the one he gave five talents, and to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. 16 Then the one receiving the five talents went and traded with them, and made five other talents. 17 And likewise the one receiving the two gained two more also. 18 But the one receiving one went away and dug in the ground, and hid his lord's money. 19 Then after much time, the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And the one who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, 'Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I gained five more talents besides them.' 21 "His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.' 22 "And also the one receiving the two talents came and said, 'Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.' 23 "His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.' 24 "Then the one having received the one talent came and said, 'Lord, I knew you, that you are a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter. 25 And being afraid, I went off and hid your talent in the ground. Look, you have what is yours.' 26 "But his lord answered and said to him, 'You wicked and slothful servant, you knew that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter. 27 Therefore you should have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received what is mine with interest. 28 Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he shall have abundance; but to him who does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him. 30 And cast the useless servant into the darkness outside. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'

Proverbs 6:6-11

6 Go to the ant, O sluggard; and see, and emulate his ways, and become wiser than he. 7 For whereas he has no leader, nor anyone to compel him, and is under no master, 8 he prepares food for himself in the summer, and lays up abundant supplies in harvest. (6:8A) Or go to the bee, and learn how diligent she is, and how earnestly she is engaged in her work; (6:8B) whose labors kings and private men use for health, and she is desired and respected by all: (6:8C) though weak in body, she is advanced by honoring wisdom. 9 How long will you lie, O sluggard? And when will you awake out of sleep? 10 You sleep a little, and you rest a little, and you slumber a short time, and you fold your arms over your breast a little. 11 Then poverty comes upon you as an evil traveler, and your need as a swift courier. (6:11A) But if you be diligent, your harvest shall arrive as a fountain, and poverty shall flee away as a bad courier.

Proverbs 21:25

25 Desires kill the sluggard, for his hands do not choose to do anything.

Proverbs 10:4-5

4 Poverty brings a man low, but the hands of the vigorous make rich. (10:4A) A son who is instructed shall be wise, and shall use the fool for a servant. 5 A wise son is saved from heat, but a lawless son is blighted of the winds in harvest.

Proverbs 13:4

4 Every slothful man desires, but the hands of the active are diligent.

Proverbs 18:9

9 A man who helps not himself by his labor is brother of him that ruins himself.

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