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7 Characteristics Of Lazy People In The Bible

Leave it to lazy people and nothing will ever get done. You may have heard the wise advice which says “Do not leave for tomorrow what you can do today.” However, lazy people say “Why do today what you can do tomorrow.”

(1) Lazy people love to sleep a lot

Prov. 19:15 says “Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.”

Prov. 26:14 says “As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.”

What this means is that just as a door turns on its hinges yet is firmly riveted to those hinges lazy people turn on their beds yet seem not to be able to leave it.

(2) Many lazy people may not achieve much in life

Judges 18:9 says “And they said, Arise, that we may go up against them: for we have seen the land, and, behold, it is very good: and are ye still? be not slothful to go, and to enter to possess the land.”

Heb. 6:12 says “… be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”

Prov. 15:19 says “The way of the slothful man is as a hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.”

It is difficult for lazy people to see their way. The righteous on the other hand have a plain path to walk despite the trials of life.

(3) The lazy will have to serve the diligent

Prov. 12:24 says “The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.”

Prov. 12:27 says “The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.”

(4) Lazy people waste time and other things

Prov. 18:9 says “He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.”

(5) Lazy people allow things to fall apart – even their house!

Eccles. 10:18 says “ By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.”

Apparently lazy people do not believe that a stitch in time saves nine.

Prov. 24:30,31 says “I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;

And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.”

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(6) Lazy people have desires but no will to bring it to fruition

Prov. 21:25 says “The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.”

Prov. 26:15 says “The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth.” (See also Prov. 19:24)

(7) Lazy people find weird excuses not to work

Prov. 22:13 says “The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.” (See also Prov. 26:13)

Matt. 25 talks about how a man travelling to a far country gave his servants “talents” – a type of money in those days. The one who was given five talents invested them and got gained five more. The one given two talents invested them too and gained two more. However, the one given only one talent dug a hole in the ground and hid it in the ground. Listen to the weird excuse in Matt.25:24,25:

“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:

And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent [money] in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.”

Now, if he knew that his master would dig up the earth like that then the worst place to put the money was in the ground! His master called him a “wicked and slothful servant.” That lazy man did not realize that if you put money in the ground it will not grow. He should have tried a “Money Tree” account in a Credit Union.

Let us therefore follow the injunction in Rom. 12:10,11 which says:

“Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord.”

Here is something that those who want to be more diligent need to read:

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For more on characteristics see:

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caerleongold on February 20, 2013:

Laziness causes so many problems in peoples' lives (like making depression worse, hindering career prospects etc) so it's great to see you trying to help people break the dangerous cycle of laziness. I like how you found Biblical evidence against it.



Judy Specht from California on August 18, 2012:

A most exciting author.

My contention is that bad habits frequently lead to laziness, that leads to confusion and depression. When you always have to think about what do and how you do it, everything it is difficult work. When you develop good habits you don't have to think,"What am I going to do next?"

Morning routine example: R.P.P.- Read, Praise, Pray. Take medicine, walk the dogs, write a plan for the day,check email, start accomplishing the plan of the day .

shelpeare (author) on August 13, 2012:

Thanks momster.

momster on August 12, 2012:

I think you just profiled me. Great information and useful.

shelpeare (author) on October 15, 2011:

Thanks for the comments everyone.

TJ on September 27, 2011:

I agree that laziness can mean wasting time. Perhaps watching too much T.V. or napping too long, instead of finding work, can be considered laziness.

Margaret Minnicks from Richmond, VA on August 14, 2011:

Thanks for giving the characteristics of lazy people.

Elena from London, UK on June 10, 2011:

Great words of wisdom but I have to admit: I enjoy my sleep. lol.


elnavann from South Africa on May 05, 2011:

I loved this hub about laziness - the Bible expresses it in such a poetic way

Judah's Daughter from Roseville, CA on May 05, 2011:

I've seen some of your hub titles and will read some more! It's very good to read what the Word says about laziness. Even for those who work too much, they need to remember to be lazy (in the sense of resting), in order to run the race for the long haul. Sprinters burn out and those who manage work and rest well will least that has been my experience, lol. God bless, and glad we've connected!

shelpeare (author) on May 05, 2011:

Thanks everyone.

Dave Mathews from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA on May 05, 2011:

I'm impressed with the way you approached this. Thank you.

marlanasifter from Sanford, NC, USA on May 04, 2011:

very true...

tho laziness should not be blamed for what is actually depression or ADD.

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