Thought for Today


Proverbs regarding apathy, dreaminess, drowsiness, dullness, idleness, inactivity, inertia, laziness, lethargy, listlessness, negligence, procrastination, slackness, sloth, sluggishness, tardiness, weariness

  1. Go to the ant, you sluggard; observe its ways and be wise!
    It has no commander, overseer, or ruler,
    yet it prepares its food in the summer; it gathers at the harvest what it will eat.
    How long, you sluggard, will you lie there? When will you rise from your sleep?
    A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to relax,
    and your poverty will come like a robber, and your need like an armed man.

    Prov. 6:6-11 (read whole chapter)

  2. The one who is lazy becomes poor, but the one who works diligently becomes wealthy.
    The one who gathers crops in the summer is a wise son, but the one who sleeps during the harvest is a son who brings shame to himself.
    Blessings are on the head of the righteous, but the speech of the wicked conceals violence.
    The memory of the righteous is a blessing, but the reputation of the wicked will rot.

    Prov. 10:4-7 (read whole chapter)

  3. Like vinegar to the teeth and like smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to those who send him.

    Prov. 10:26 (read whole chapter)

  4. The diligent person will rule, but the slothful will become a slave.
    Anxiety in a person's heart weighs him down, but an encouraging word brings him joy.
    The righteous person is cautious in his friendship, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
    The lazy person does not roast his prey, but personal possessions are precious to the diligent.

    Prov. 12:24-27 (read whole chapter)

  5. The appetite of the sluggard craves but gets nothing, but the desire of the diligent will be abundantly satisfied.

    Prov. 13:4 (read whole chapter)

  6. The one who is slack in his work is a brother to one who destroys.

    Prov. 18:9 (read whole chapter)

  7. Laziness brings on a deep sleep, and the idle person will go hungry.

    Prov. 19:15 (read whole chapter)

  8. The sluggard plunges his hand in the dish, and he will not even bring it back to his mouth!

    Prov. 19:24 (read whole chapter)

  9. The sluggard will not plow during the planting season, so at harvest time he looks for the crop but has nothing.

    Prov. 20:4 (read whole chapter)

  10. Do not love sleep, lest you become impoverished; open your eyes so that you might be satisfied with food.

    Prov. 20:13 (read whole chapter)

  11. The sluggard says, "There is a lion outside! I will be killed in the middle of the streets!"

    Prov. 22:13 (read whole chapter)

  12. When I saw this, I gave careful consideration to it; I received instruction from what I saw:

    Prov. 24:32 (read whole chapter)

  13. The sluggard says, "There is a lion in the road! A lion in the streets!"
    Like a door that turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed.
    The sluggard plunges his hand in the dish; he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.
    The sluggard is wiser in his own estimation than seven people who respond with good sense.

    Prov. 26:13-16 (read whole chapter)


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