Bible Verses About Sleep And Laziness

Laziness is not being able to let go of your baggage. Even when you’re dead, you still have to deal with all those unfinished issues in your life before you can move forward. Our souls are holding on to some kind of regret, or lack of forgiveness or fear from the past. And it’s not letting us go peacefully into death until we fully forgive ourselves or someone else.

The Bible is a repository of wisdom and truth that has helped people live a better life. Bible verses about sleeping, laziness, and being tired inspire you to be productive and energized.

Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee something to drink? And when did we see thee a stranger and invite thee in, or needing clothes and clothe thee? And when did we see thee sick or in prison and go to visit thee?” The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine,[a] you did for me.”^”

Bible Verses About Sleep And Laziness

Proverbs 13:4 ESV / 1,541 helpful votes
The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.

Colossians 3:23 ESV / 1,172 helpful votes
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,

Proverbs 10:4 ESV / 957 helpful votes
A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

2 Thessalonians 3:10 ESV / 926 helpful votes
For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.

Proverbs 18:9 ESV / 716 helpful votes
Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys.

1 Timothy 5:8 ESV / 711 helpful votes
But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

Proverbs 21:25 ESV / 602 helpful votes
The desire of the sluggard kills him, for his hands refuse to labor.

Proverbs 24:30-34 ESV / 583 helpful votes
I passed by the field of a sluggard, by the vineyard of a man lacking sense, and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns; the ground was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down. Then I saw and considered it; I looked and received instruction. A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.

Proverbs 20:4 ESV / 545 helpful votes
The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing.

Proverbs 20:13 ESV / 516 helpful votes
Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.

Proverbs 19:15 ESV / 497 helpful votes
Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger.

Proverbs 12:24 ESV / 455 helpful votes
The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor.

John 5:17 ESV / 394 helpful votes
But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”

Proverbs 6:6 ESV / 386 helpful votes
Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.

Proverbs 14:23 ESV / 376 helpful votes
In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.

James 4:17 ESV / 342 helpful votes
So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

Proverbs 26:13-16 ESV / 336 helpful votes
The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road! There is a lion in the streets!” As a door turns on its hinges, so does a sluggard on his bed. The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; it wears him out to bring it back to his mouth. The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly.

James 1:22 ESV / 319 helpful votes
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

2 Thessalonians 3:11-12 ESV / 279 helpful votes
For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.

Hebrews 13:16 ESV / 270 helpful votes
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 ESV / 259 helpful votes
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.

Genesis 2:15 ESV / 255 helpful votes
The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.

2 Timothy 2:15 ESV / 235 helpful votes
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

Romans 12:11 ESV / 225 helpful votes
Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.

Proverbs 10:5 ESV / 216 helpful votes
He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 ESV / 201 helpful votes
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

Proverbs 12:27 ESV / 194 helpful votes
Whoever is slothful will not roast his game, but the diligent man will get precious wealth.

Ephesians 4:28 ESV / 182 helpful votes
Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.

Hebrews 6:12 ESV / 177 helpful votes
So that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Hebrews 12:11 ESV / 176 helpful votes
For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Colossians 3:17 ESV / 170 helpful votes
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Ecclesiastes 10:18 ESV / 153 helpful votes
Through sloth the roof sinks in, and through indolence the house leaks.

Matthew 25:26-30 ESV / 152 helpful votes
But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Colossians 3:23-24 ESV / 147 helpful votes
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

James 2:18 ESV / 145 helpful votes
But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

Luke 16:10 ESV / 142 helpful votes
“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.

Proverbs 10:26 ESV / 142 helpful votes
Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to those who send him.

Proverbs 15:19 ESV / 126 helpful votes
The way of a sluggard is like a hedge of thorns, but the path of the upright is a level highway.

Proverbs 6:6-11 ESV / 104 helpful votes
Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, …

Proverbs 10:4-5 ESV / 101 helpful votes
A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.

Proverbs 12:11 ESV / 99 helpful votes
Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.

Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV / 99 helpful votes
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

James 1:23-25 ESV / 94 helpful votes
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.

Proverbs 19:24 ESV / 93 helpful votes
The sluggard buries his hand in the dish and will not even bring it back to his mouth.

Ephesians 5:15-17 ESV / 87 helpful votes
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Proverbs 22:29 ESV / 87 helpful votes
Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.

Ephesians 2:10 ESV / 83 helpful votes
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Proverbs 22:13 ESV / 82 helpful votes
The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside! I shall be killed in the streets!”

James 1:23 ESV / 81 helpful votes
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror.

Matthew 7:12 ESV / 81 helpful votes
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

Matthew 7:21-23 ESV / 76 helpful votes
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

Colossians 3:24 ESV / 75 helpful votes
Knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

John 9:4 ESV / 74 helpful votes
We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.

Proverbs 26:13 ESV / 68 helpful votes
The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road! There is a lion in the streets!”

Proverbs 21:5 ESV / 66 helpful votes
The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.

Hebrews 6:10-12 ESV / 64 helpful votes
For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do. And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Revelation 14:12 ESV / 63 helpful votes
Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.

Proverbs 26:16 ESV / 62 helpful votes
The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly.

Titus 2:5 ESV / 61 helpful votes
To be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.

Ephesians 5:16 ESV / 60 helpful votes
Making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.

1 Thessalonians 4:10-12 ESV / 58 helpful votes
For that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.

1 Thessalonians 5:14 ESV / 57 helpful votes
And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.

2 Corinthians 12:20 ESV / 54 helpful votes
For I fear that perhaps when I come I may find you not as I wish, and that you may find me not as you wish—that perhaps there may be quarreling, jealousy, anger, hostility, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder.

1 Corinthians 10:7 ESV / 54 helpful votes
Do not be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.”

Proverbs 26:15 ESV / 54 helpful votes
The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; it wears him out to bring it back to his mouth.

2 Peter 3:15-16 ESV / 51 helpful votes
And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.

John 7:17 ESV / 51 helpful votes
If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.

Jeremiah 48:10 ESV / 49 helpful votes
“Cursed is he who does the work of the Lord with slackness, and cursed is he who keeps back his sword from bloodshed.

Exodus 5:17 ESV / 49 helpful votes
But he said, “You are idle, you are idle; that is why you say, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to the Lord.’

Psalm 90:12 ESV / 48 helpful votes
So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.

Isaiah 1:19-20 ESV / 47 helpful votes
If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be eaten by the sword; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

Matthew 25:24-30 ESV / 46 helpful votes
He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. …

Jeremiah 15:16 ESV / 46 helpful votes
Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts.

Isaiah 32:9-20 ESV / 46 helpful votes
Rise up, you women who are at ease, hear my voice; you complacent daughters, give ear to my speech. In little more than a year you will shudder, you complacent women; for the grape harvest fails, the fruit harvest will not come. Tremble, you women who are at ease, shudder, you complacent ones; strip, and make yourselves bare, and tie sackcloth around your waist. Beat your breasts for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine, for the soil of my people growing up in thorns and briers, yes, for all the joyous houses in the exultant city. …

Proverbs 21:17 ESV / 46 helpful votes
Whoever loves pleasure will be a poor man; he who loves wine and oil will not be rich.

Proverbs 6:10-11 ESV / 46 helpful votes
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.

Proverbs 1:1-33 ESV / 45 helpful votes
The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel: To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth— Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, …

1 Thessalonians 2:13 ESV / 43 helpful votes
And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.

Galatians 5:13 ESV / 39 helpful votes
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

Ezra 10:4 ESV / 39 helpful votes
Arise, for it is your task, and we are with you; be strong and do it.”

1 Peter 4:10 ESV / 38 helpful votes
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:

Proverbs 24:33-34 ESV / 38 helpful votes
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.

Psalm 132:4-5 ESV / 36 helpful votes
I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids, until I find a place for the Lord, a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.”

1 Timothy 3:5 ESV / 35 helpful votes
For if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?

2 Corinthians 9:6 ESV / 35 helpful votes
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

Matthew 25:26 ESV / 35 helpful votes
But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed?

Hebrews 12:12 ESV / 32 helpful votes
Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees,

Colossians 4:5 ESV / 32 helpful votes
Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.

Acts 2:45-47 ESV / 32 helpful votes
And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

Habakkuk 3:2 ESV / 32 helpful votes
O Lord, I have heard the report of you, and your work, O Lord, do I fear. In the midst of the years revive it; in the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy.

Proverbs 31:10-31 ESV / 32 helpful votes
An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar. …

Proverbs 27:23 ESV / 32 helpful votes
Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds,

Proverbs 25:14 ESV / 32 helpful votes
Like clouds and wind without rain is a man who boasts of a gift he does not give.

Proverbs 6:9-11 ESV / 32 helpful votes
How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.

Psalm 51:12 ESV / 32 helpful votes
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.

Judges 18:9 ESV / 32 helpful votes
They said, “Arise, and let us go up against them, for we have seen the land, and behold, it is very good. And will you do nothing? Do not be slow to go, to enter in and possess the land.

2 Thessalonians 3:8 ESV / 31 helpful votes
Nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you.

2 Thessalonians 3:6 ESV / 31 helpful votes
Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us.

Proverbs 15:5-21 ESV / 31 helpful votes
A fool despises his father’s instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is prudent. In the house of the righteous there is much treasure, but trouble befalls the income of the wicked. The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so the hearts of fools. The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is acceptable to him. The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but he loves him who pursues righteousness. …

Proverbs 11:29 ESV / 31 helpful votes
Whoever troubles his own household will inherit the wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise of heart.

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