What does the Bible say about laziness?


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Newton's first law of motion states that an object in motion tends to remain in motion, and an object at rest tends to remain at rest. This law applies to people. While some are naturally driven to...

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Mini Tom howard Contender of the Faith
I like the commentary of Matthew Henry (!700's) on the treasties of 2 Corinthians 5:9-11, as he notes on our duties;

" He proceeds to deduce an inference to excite and quicken himself and others to duty, v. 9-11. So it is that well-grounded hopes of heaven will be far from giving the least encouragement to sloth and sinful security; on the contrary, they should stir us up to use the greatest care and diligence in religion: 

Wherefore, or because we hope to be present with the Lord, we labour and take pains, v. 9. Philotimoumetha—We are ambitious, and labour as industriously as the most ambitious men do to obtain what they aim at.

Here observe, 1. What it was that the apostle was thus ambitious of—acceptance with God. We labour that, living and dying, whether present in the body or absent from the body, we may be accepted of him, the Lord (v. 9), that we may please him who hath chosen us, that our great Lord may say to us, Well done. This they coveted as the greatest favour and the highest honour: it was the summit of their ambition. 

2. What further quickening motives they had to excite their diligence, from the consideration of the judgment to come, v. 10, 11. There are many things relating to this great matter that should awe the best of men into the utmost care and diligence in religion; for example, the certainty of this judgment, for we must appear; the universality of it, for we must all appear; the great Judge before whose judgment-seat we must appear, the Lord Jesus Christ, who himself will appear in flaming fire; the recompence to be then received, for things done in the body, which will be very particular (unto every one), and very just, according to what we have done, whether good or bad. 

The apostle calls this awful judgment the terror of the Lord (v. 11), and, by the consideration thereof, was excited to persuade men to repent, and live a holy life, that, when Christ shall appear 'terribly', they may appear before him 'comfortably'."

Excellence has no place for laziness!

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My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
Some people would do anything to be able to do nothing. - Frank Tyger

Pro 19:15-- NET Laziness brings on a deep sleep, and the idle person will go hungry.

Pro 12:24 --NIV Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor.

Pro 21:25 -- MSG Lazy people finally die of hunger because they won't get up and go to work.

Pro 12:27 -- NIV The lazy man does not roast his game, but the diligent man prizes his possessions.

Exo 5:17 -- NLT But Pharaoh replied, "You're just lazy! You obviously don't have enough to do. If you did, you wouldn't be saying, ‘Let us go, so we can offer sacrifices to the LORD.’"

Pro 26:15 -- NKJV The lazy man buries his hand in the bowl; It wearies him to bring it back to his mouth.

Pro 24:30 --NRSV I passed by the field of one who was lazy, by the vineyard of a stupid person;

Tit 1:12 -- A certain one of them, in fact, one of their own prophets, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.”

Pro 10:26 -- MSG A lazy employee will give you nothing but trouble; it's vinegar in the mouth, smoke in the eyes.

Pro 15:19 -- NLT A lazy person has trouble all through life; the path of the upright is easy!

Ecc 10:18 -- NLT Laziness lets the roof leak, and soon the rafters begin to rot.

Mat 25:26 --But his master answered, ‘Evil and lazy slave! So you knew that I harvest where I didn’t sow and gather where I didn’t scatter?

Pro 10:4 -- The one who is lazy becomes poor, but the one who works diligently becomes wealthy.

Pro 19:24 -- NLT Some people are so lazy that they won’t even lift a finger to feed themselves.

Pro 20:4 -- MSG A farmer too lazy to plant in the spring has nothing to harvest in the fall.

Pro 26:14-- NRSV As a door turns on its hinges, so does a lazy person in bed.

Pro 13:4-- NLT Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper and be satisfied.

Pro 22:13-- NLT The lazy person is full of excuses, saying, "If I go outside, I might meet a lion in the street and be killed!"

Pro 26:13-- NLT The lazy person is full of excuses, saying, "I can't go outside because there might be a lion on the road! Yes, I’m sure there’s a lion out there!"

Pro 26:16-- NLT Lazy people consider themselves smarter than seven wise counselors.

In Illustrations:
Proverbs 12:24, 27; 13:4; 15:19; 18:9; 19:15; 22:13; 26:13-16 (Laziness) Laziness

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