99 Bible Verses about Lazy People

Here are 99 Bible verses about lazy people, curated from both the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible, King James Version, arranged from most to least relevant.

2 Thessalonians 3:10 KJV

10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

1 Timothy 5:8 KJV

8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

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Proverbs 10:4 KJV

4 He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.

Proverbs 13:4 KJV

4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.

Proverbs 6:9-11 KJV

9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? 10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: 11 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.

Proverbs 19:24 KJV

24 A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.

Proverbs 20:4 KJV

4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.

Proverbs 12:24 KJV

24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.

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Proverbs 6:6 KJV

6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:

Proverbs 28:19 KJV

19 He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.

Psalm 50:17 KJV

17 Seeing thou hatest instruction, and casteth my words behind thee.

Proverbs 14:23 KJV

23 In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.

2 Timothy 2:15 KJV

15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

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Matthew 25:14-30 KJV

14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. 16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five …

Proverbs 10:5 KJV

5 He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.

Proverbs 13:1 KJV

1 A wise son heareth his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.

Proverbs 18:9 KJV

9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

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Proverbs 19:15 KJV

15 Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.

Proverbs 10:26 KJV

26 As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.

Proverbs 15:19 KJV

19 The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.

James 4:14 KJV

14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

Proverbs 21:25 KJV

25 The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.

Proverbs 12:27 KJV

27 The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.

Proverbs 20:13 KJV

13 Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.

Luke 19:12-27 KJV

12 He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. 13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. 14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us. 15 And it came to pass, that when …

Proverbs 6:6-11 KJV

6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: 7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, 8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. 9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? 10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands …

Proverbs 24:30-34 KJV

30 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; 31 And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. 32 Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction. 33 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding …

Proverbs 22:13 KJV

13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.

Proverbs 10:4-5 KJV

4 He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich. 5 He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.

Ecclesiastes 10:18 KJV

18 By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.

Hebrews 6:12 KJV

12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

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2 Timothy 4:2-4 KJV

2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

2 Timothy 3:16 KJV

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

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1 Corinthians 13:11 KJV

11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

Proverbs 26:13 KJV

13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.

Proverbs 26:13-16 KJV

13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets. 14 As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed. 15 The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth. 16 The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.

James 4:17 KJV

17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

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1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 KJV

11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; 12 That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.

Ephesians 4:28 KJV

28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

Romans 12:11 KJV

11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

Matthew 25:26 KJV

26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:

Proverbs 26:16 KJV

16 The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.

Proverbs 13:3 KJV

3 He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 KJV

10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

Proverbs 30:8 KJV

8 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:

Proverbs 21:5 KJV

5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.

1 Timothy 4:1 KJV

1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 KJV

10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. 11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. 12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.

Colossians 3:23 KJV

23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;

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John 3:16 KJV

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

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Proverbs 24:1-34 KJV

1 Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them. 2 For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief. 3 Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established: 4 And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches. 5 A wise man is strong; …

1 Peter 1:13 KJV

13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

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Proverbs 21:25-26 KJV

25 The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour. 26 He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.

Matthew 25:24-30 KJV

24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. 26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, …

Matthew 24:21 KJV

21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

2 Thessalonians 3:11 KJV

11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.

Acts 17:11 KJV

11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

John 5:17 KJV

17 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.

John 3:16-17 KJV

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Proverbs 1:1-33 KJV

1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; 2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; 3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; 4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. 5 A wise man will hear, and will increase …

Revelation 3:16 KJV

16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

Hebrews 13:16 KJV

16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

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2 Thessalonians 3:6 KJV

6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.

Ephesians 5:15-17 KJV

15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

Proverbs 12:11 KJV

11 He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.

Revelation 1:1 KJV

1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

1 Corinthians 15:58 KJV

58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

John 9:4 KJV

4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

Luke 9:59-62 KJV

59 And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. 60 Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God. 61 And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. 62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put …

Matthew 24:1-51 KJV

1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. 2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. 3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall …

James 2:15-16 KJV

15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

2 Thessalonians 3:11-12 KJV

11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. 12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.

Ezekiel 16:49 KJV

49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.

Hebrews 6:11-12 KJV

11 And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: 12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Proverbs 28:1-28 KJV

1 The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion. 2 For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged. 3 A poor man that oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food. 4 They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as …

Proverbs 26:15 KJV

15 The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth.

Genesis 4:1-16 KJV

1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord. 2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. 3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. 4 And Abel, he also brought of the …

Colossians 3:23-24 KJV

23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; 24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

2 Thessalonians 3:1-18 KJV

1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: 2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. 4 And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and …

Colossians 3:17 KJV

17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

2 Corinthians 12:20 KJV

20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:

Romans 7:20-21 KJV

20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

Luke 16:10 KJV

10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.

Proverbs 27:1 KJV

1 Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

Proverbs 22:14 KJV

14 The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the Lord shall fall therein.

James 1:22 KJV

22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

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Acts 17:10-11 KJV

10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

Matthew 24:48-51 KJV

48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; 49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; 50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, 51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: …

Ecclesiastes 11:4 KJV

4 He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.

Proverbs 15:9 KJV

9 The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the Lord: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.

Proverbs 12:25 KJV

25 Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.

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Proverbs 3:28 KJV

28 Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.

Revelation 3:17 KJV

17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

James 1:5 KJV

5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

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Proverbs 31:27 KJV

27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

Psalm 119:1-176 KJV

1 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. 2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. 3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways. 4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. 5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes! …

Genesis 2:15 KJV

15 And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

1 Thessalonians 5:2 KJV

2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

Revelation 1:1-20 KJV

1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: 2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. 3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things …