Bible verses about "being lazy" | Thomson

Genesis 2:1-25

1 Thus were finished the heaven and the earth and all the arrangement of them. 2 And God finished on the sixth day these his works which he made; and on the seventh day he desisted from all these works of his which he made. 3 And God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it; because on it he rested from all these works of his which God had taken occasion to make. 4 This is the genealogy of heaven and earth. When they were made, on the day when the Lord God had made the heaven and the earth, 5 and all the verdure of the field, before it was on the earth, and every herb of the field, before it sprang up, [for God had not rained on the earth, nor was there a man to till it; 6 but a fountain ascended out of the earth and watered the whole face of the ground,] 7 then God formed the man, dust from the earth, and breathed upon his face a breath of life, and the man became a living soul. 8 And God planted a garden in Eden towards the east and placed there the man whom he had made. 9 And God caused to spring up there also out of that ground every tree beautiful to the sight and good for food, and the tree of life in the middle of the garden, and the tree for the purpose of knowing what was to be known of good and evil. 10 Now a river issueth out of Eden to water the garden: thence it is divided into four heads. 11 The name of the first is Physon. This is that which encircleth the whole country Evilat, where there is gold, 12 and the gold of that country is good. There also is the carbuncle and the Prasian stone. 13 And the name of the second river is Geon. This is that which encircleth the whole country of Ethiopia. 14 And the third river is Tigris. This is that which floweth down over against the Assyrians. And the fourth river is Euphrates. 15 And the Lord God took the man whom he had made, and placed him in this garden of pleasure to work it and to watch. 16 And the Lord God gave a charge to Adam, saying, "Of every tree which is in the garden for food, thou mightest have eaten; 17 but from this tree, that you may know good and evil, you must not eat of it. On the day you eat of it, by death you shall die." 18 Then the Lord God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone: let us make for him a helper correspondent to himself." 19 Now God had also formed out of the earth all the beasts of the field, and all the birds of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called every living creature; that was its name. 20 So Adam gave names to all the cattle, and to all the fowls of the air, and to all the wild beasts of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper like himself. 21 Then God brought an ecstasy upon Adam and caused him to sleep, and took one of his ribs and filled up flesh instead thereof. 22 And God built up 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, let her be called woman." Because she was taken out of her man, 24 therefore a man is to leave his father and his mother and cleave to his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

Psalms 119:44-47

44 and I will keep thy law continually forever and ever. 45 I indeed have walked in a roomy place, because I diligently sought thy precepts; 46 and I have spoken of thy testimonies before kings, and was not ashamed: 47 and have meditated on thy commandments, in which I took great delight;

Proverbs 3:1-2

1 My son, forget not my laws; but let thy heart keep my commandments. 2 For they will add to thee length of days and years of life and peace.

Proverbs 26:1-28

1 As dew at the ingathering of fruit and as rain in harvest: so is honour for a fool. 2 As birds and ostriches fly away; so a vain curse will not light on any one. 3 As a whip for a horse and a goad for an ass; so is a scourge for a sinful nation. 4 Answer not a fool conformably to his folly; let thou become like him. 5 But answer a fool according to his folly; that he may not think himself wise. 6 He who sendeth a message by a foolish messenger; by his own ways procureth disgrace. 7 As well take walking from the legs; as transgression from the mouth of fools. 8 He who bindeth a stone in a sling is like him who giveth honour to a fool. 9 Thorns stick in the hands of a drunken man; and slavery in the hand of fools. 10 All the flesh of fools is in a tempest: for their soundest sleep is broken. 11 As a dog becometh odious when he returneth to his vomit; so is a fool for his wickedness, when he returneth to his sin. There is a shame which leadeth to sin: and a shame which procureth glory and honour. 12 I have seen a man who thought himself wise: but there was more hope of a fool than of him. 13 A slothful man sent on a journey saith, There is a lion in the way and murderers in the streets. 14 As a door turneth on its hinges so doth a slothful man on his bed. 15 A slothful man having hid his hand in his bosom cannot bring it out to his mouth. 16 A slothful man thinketh himself wiser than him who in plenty carrieth a message. 17 He who meddleth with another's strife, is like one who taketh a dog by the tail. 18 As they who undertake to cure throw out words for men; and he who falleth in with the proposal will be first supplanted; 19 so all who ensnare their friends, when they are found out say, "I did it in sport." 20 By much fuel a fire is nourished: but where there is no stirrer up of quarrels, contention ceaseth. 21 A hearth is for coals and fuel for fire: and a contentious man for the bustle of strife. 22 The words of the crafty are soft: but they pierce the inmost recesses of the soul. 23 Silver given with deceit, should be accounted as a potsherd. Smooth lips disguise a wicked heart. 24 A weeping enemy assenteth to every thing with his lips: but in his heart he contriveth deceit. 25 Though an enemy intreat thee with a loud voice, believe him not: for in his heart there is seven fold wickedness. 26 He who concealeth enmity practiseth deceit; but being found out he discloseth his sins in publick assemblies. 27 May he who diggeth a pit for his neighbour fall into it; and he who rolleth a stone, roll it on himself. 28 A lying tongue hateth truth; and a flattering mouth Worketh ruin.

Isaiah 11:4-12

4 but he will administer justice to the lowly, and work conviction in the meek of the earth. And he will smite the earth with the word of his mouth, and with a breath from his lips destroy the wicked. 5 His loins will be girded with saving goodness, and his reins clothed with truth. 6 And a wolf shall pasture with a lamb; and a leopard shall lie down with a kid; and the calf, and bull and lion shall pasture together, and a little child shall tend them. 7 The cow and bear shall feed together; and together their young shall herd; and the lion shall eat chaff like an ox. 8 And the sucking child shall lay its hand on the holes of asps and on the bed of young asps. 9 And they shall not hurt nor have power to destroy any one on the mountain which is my sanctuary. Because the whole earth is filled with the knowledge of the Lord as abundant water covereth depths of seas; 10 therefore there shall be in that day, the root of Jesse, even he who riseth up to rule nations: in him nations will put their trust, and his resting place shall be glorious. 11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord will proceed to shew his hand to provoke to jealousy the remnant of his people; that residue which is left from the Assyrians and from Egypt and from Babylonia, and from Ethiopia and the Elamites, and from the risings of the sun and Arabia. 12 And he will erect a standard for the nations, and gather together the outcasts of Israel, and assemble the dispersed of Juda from the four quarters of the earth.

Matthew 7:21-23

21 Not every one who saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he who doeth the will of my father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name and in thy name cast out demons, and in thy name done many miracles, 23 to whom I will then declare, I never acknowledged you; Depart from me ye who work iniquity.

Mark 2:27

27 Moreover he said to them, The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath.

1 Corinthians 9:26

26 For my part, therefore, I run in this manner, not as if I were running unseen: I fight, not as if I were beating the air;

2 Thessalonians 3:10

10 For when we were with you we gave you this charge, that he who would not work should not eat.

Proverbs 12:24

24 The hand of the valiant can easily conquer: but the deceitful shall be for a prey.

Ephesians 6:11-18

11 Put on the complete armour of God, that you may be able to withstand the wiles of the devil. 12 Because our conflict is not barely with flesh and blood, but against the principalities and the powers; against the rulers of this dark age, against the spiritual [assaults] of the wickedness in the heavenly dispensation; 13 take up therefore the complete armour of God, that you may be able to make resistance in the evil day, and having put a stop to them all, to maintain your ground. 14 Stand, therefore, having your loins girded with truth, and having on the breast plate of righteousness, 15 and your feet shod with the preparation of the glad tidings of peace, 16 covering all with the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the fiery darts of the evil one. 17 Take also the helmet of salvation, and the sword o" the spirit, that is the word of God; 18 in every prayer and supplication, always praying with the spirit [being for this purpose in a continual state of watchfulness and prayer] for all the saints

Proverbs 19:15

15 Fear restraineth the effeminate; but the soul of the slothful shall suffer want.

Matthew 25:14-30

14 For he is like a man who, intending to travel, called his servants and committed to them his effects, 15 and to one gave five talents and to another two, and to another one; to every one according to his respective ability, and straightway set out on his journey. 16 Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made five other talents; 17 and in like manner he who had received the two gained also other two; 18 but he who received the one went and digged a hole in the ground and hid his master's money: 19 and after a long time the master of these servants cometh and reckoneth with them: 20 whereupon he who had received the five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Sir, thou deliveredst to me five talents, here are besides them five other talents, which I have gained: 21 and his master said to him; "Well done, good and faithful servant, thou hast been faithful in a small trust, I will give thee a much greater; enter into the joy of thy master:" 22 then he who had received the two talents came and said, Sir, thou deliveredst to me two talents, here are, besides them, two other talents, which I have gained: 23 his master said to him, Well done, good and faithful servant, thou hast been faithful in a small trust, I will give thee a much greater, enter thou into the joy of thy master: 24 then he, who had received the one talent, came and said, Sir, I knew that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou didst not scatter; so, 25 being afraid, I went and hid thy talent in the earth. Here it is. Thou hast what is thine own. 26 Thereupon his master said to him in reply, Malignant and slothful servant! Thou knowest that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter! 27 Thou shouldst therefore have lodged my money with the bankers, that at my return I might have received mine own with interest. 28 Take therefore the talent from him; and give it to him who hath the ten talents. 29 For to every one who improveth more shall be given, and he shall abound; but from him who improveth not, even what he hath shall be taken away: 30 and turn out this unprofitable servant into outer darkness; weeping and gnashing of teeth will be there.

Proverbs 6:6-11

6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; and having seen its ways follow the example and be wiser than it. 7 For having no cultivated field, no driver, nor master, 8 it provideth its food in summer, and layeth up a plentiful supply in harvest. Or go to the bee and learn what a Worker she is: and how seriously she performeth her work, to the labours of which both kings and subjects apply themselves as far as health permits; and to all it is agreeable and honourable. And though her strength be small, having honoured wisdom she is diligently employed. 9 How long wilt thou sleep, sluggard, and when wilt thou rouse from sleep? 10 Thou art sleeping a little; but resting a little; but taking a short nap; but folding thy hands a little while on thy breast! 11 But is not poverty coming upon thee like an unwelcome traveller? And want like a speedy courier? Whereas if thou be diligent; thy harvest will come like a fountain, and want like a bad courier will run away.

Proverbs 21:25

25 Wishing killeth the slothful; for his hands do not chuse to labour.

Proverbs 10:4-5

4 Want humbleth a man; but the hands of the diligent enrich. A well instructed son will be wise, and shall have the simple for a servant. 5 A prudent son is safe from heat; but a transgressing son is blasted in harvest.

Proverbs 13:4

4 Every sluggard is employed in wishing: but the hands of the diligent, in procuring.

Proverbs 18:9

9 He who doth not use his endeavours to cure himself is brother to him who destroyeth himself.

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