Laziness

1 Timothy 5:8 (TPT) For if a believer fails to provide for their own relatives when they are in need, they have compromised their convictions of faith and need to be corrected, for they are living worse than the unbelievers.

1 Timothy 5:13 (TPT) Those widows who go around from house to house as busybodiesare only learning to be lazy, making their situation even worse by talking too much, gossiping, and speaking things they shouldn’t. They become far too obsessed with empty things that will not bear good fruit.

Ecclesiastes 4:5 (MSG) The fool sits back and takes it easy, his sloth is slow suicide.

Ephesians 4:19 (TPT) Because of spiritual apathy, they surrender their lives to lewdness, impurity, and sexual obsession.

Proverb 6:6 (MSG) You lazy fool, look at an ant. Watch it closely; let it teach you a thing or two. Nobody has to tell it what to do. All summer it stores up food; at harvest it stockpiles provisions. So how long are you going to laze around doing nothing? How long before you get out of bed? A nap here, a nap there, a day off here, a day off there, sit back, take it easy—do you know what comes next? Just this: You can look forward to a dirt-poor life, poverty your permanent houseguest!

Proverb 6:9 (NLT) But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up?

Proverb 10:26 (NLT) Lazy people irritate their employers, like vinegar to the teeth or smoke in the eyes.

Proverb 12:24 (NLT) Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.
Proverb 12:24 (AMP)The hand of the diligent will rule, But the negligent and lazy will be put to forced labor.  

Proverb 12:24 (MSG)The diligent find freedom in their work; the lazy are oppressed by work.  

Proverb 12:24 (TPT)If you want to reign in life, don’t sit on your hands. Instead work hard at doing what’s right, for the slacker will end up working to make someone else succeed.  


Proverb 12:27 (NLT) Lazy people don’t even cook the game they catch, but the diligent make use of everything they find.

Proverb 13:4 (NLT) Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.

Proverb 13:4(AMP) The soul appetite of the lazy person craves and gets nothing for lethargy overcomes ambition, but the soul appetite of the diligent who works willingly is rich and abundantly supplied.

Proverb 13:4(MSG)Indolence wants it all and gets nothing; the energetic have something to show for their lives.

Proverb 13:4(TPT) The slacker wants it all and ends up with nothing, but the hard worker ends up with all that he longed for.

Proverb 15:19 (NLT) A lazy person’s way is blocked with briers, but the path of the upright is an open highway.

Proverb 15:19 (AMP) The way of the lazy is like a hedge of thorns, it pricks, lacerates, and entangles him, but the way of life of the upright is smooth and open like a highway.

Proverb 15:19 (MSG) The path of lazy people is overgrown with briers; the diligent walk down a smooth road.

Proverb 15:19 (TPT) Nothing seems to work right for the lazy man, but life seems smooth and easy when your heart is virtuous.

Proverb 18:9 (NLT) A lazy person is as bad as someone who destroys things.

Proverb 19:15 (AMP)Laziness casts one into a deep sleep, unmindful of lost opportunity, and the idle person will suffer hunger.

Proverb 19:15 (MSG)Life collapses on loafers; lazybones go hungry.

Proverb 19:15 (TPT) Go ahead—be lazy and passive. But you’ll go hungry if you live that way.

Proverb 19:24 (NLT) Lazy people take food in their hand but don’t even lift it to their mouth.

Proverb 20:4 (NLT) Those too lazy to plow in the right season will have no food at the harvest.

Proverb 20:4 (MSG) A farmer too lazy to plant in the spring has nothing to harvest in the fall.

Proverb 21:25 (NLT) Despite their desires, the lazy will come to ruin, for their hands refuse to work.

Proverbs 21:25-26 (MSG) Lazy people finally die of hunger because they won’t get up and go to work. 26 Sinners are always wanting what they don’t have; the God-loyal are always giving what they do have.

Proverbs 21:25-26 (TPT) Taking the easy way out is the habit of a lazy man, and it will be his downfall. All day long he thinks about all the things that he craves, for he hasn’t learned the secret that the generous man has learned: extravagant giving never leads to poverty.

Proverb 22:13 (NLT) The lazy person claims, “There’s a lion out there! If I go outside, I might be killed!”

Proverb 24:30 (NLT) I walked by the field of a lazy person, the vineyard of one with no common sense.

Proverbs 24:33-34 (MSG) One day I walked by the field of an old lazybones, and then passed the vineyard of a lout; they were overgrown with weeds, thick with thistles, all the fences broken down. I took a long look and pondered what I saw; the fields preached me a sermon and I listened: “A nap here, a nap there, a day off here, a day off there, sit back, take it easy—do you know what comes next? Just this: You can look forward to a dirt-poor life, with poverty as your permanent houseguest!”

Proverbs 24:33-34 (TPT) Professional work habits prevent poverty from becoming your permanent business partner. And: If you put off until tomorrow the work you could do today, tomorrow never seems to come.

Proverbs 26:14-15 (NLT) As a door swings back and forth on its hinges, so the lazy person turns over in bed. Lazy people take food in their hand but don’t even lift it to their mouth.

Proverb 26:16 (NLT) Lazy people consider themselves smarter than seven wise counselors.

Matthew 25:26 (NLT) “But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate’”

Romans 12:11 (NLT) Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.

Hebrews 11:6 (NLT) And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.

Diligence
Colossians 3:23 (TPT) Put your heart and soul into every activity you do, as though you are doing it for the Lord himself and not merely for others.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 (AMP) Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might; for there is no activity or planning or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol the nether world, the place of the dead where you are going.

Proverb 10:4 (NLT) Lazy people are soon poor; hard workers get rich.

Proverb 12:24 (NLT) Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.

Proverb 12:27 (NLT) Lazy people don’t even cook the game they catch, but the diligent make use of everything they find.

Proverb 13:4 (NLT) Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.

Proverb 21:5 (NLT) Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.

Proverb 22:29 (NLT) Do you see any truly competent workers? They will serve kings rather than working for ordinary people.

Romans 12:11 (MSG) Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.


Affirmations:

I have a growing work ethic. I choose to work today - diligently! I’m determined to be a finisher in a society of starters. I am responsible! I am a committed-to-work soul! I am faithful to my employer and faithful to my clients. 

I am an extra-mile, get-it-done worker! A job delegated to me is a done job! 

I am a creative problem solver! I’m the employee that makes positive things happen! I’m not an excuse maker… I’m the finisher! I’m the go-to team player. I work to make the entire team stronger. 

Lord, I work as if you are my boss. You see every effort and You are the one that will promote me. 

I give the best of my personality, the best of my effort, and I employ my skills to the projects at hand today. Make me a blessing at work today!