Proverbs Project: Laziness & Work Ethic

Proverbs related to Laziness & Work Ethic:

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Proverbs 6:6-11
6          Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!
7          It has no commander, no overseer or ruler,
8          yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.
9          How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep?
10       A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest–
11       and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.

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Proverbs 10:4-5
4          Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.
5          He who gathers crops in summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.

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Proverbs 10:26
26       As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is a sluggard to those who send him.

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Proverbs 12:11
11       He who works his land will have abundant food, but he who chases fantasies lacks judgment.

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Proverbs 12:24
24       Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor.

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Proverbs 12:27
27       The lazy man does not roast his game, but the diligent man prizes his possessions.

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Proverbs 13:4
4          The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.

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Proverbs 13:22
22       A good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.

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Proverbs 14:23
23       All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.

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Proverbs 15:19
19       The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.

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Proverbs 16:26
26       The laborer’s appetite works for him; his hunger drives him on.

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Proverbs 18:9
9          One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.

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Proverbs 19:15
15       Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless man goes hungry.

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Proverbs 19:24
24       The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he will not even bring it back to his mouth!

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Proverbs 20:4
4          A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.

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Proverbs 20:13
13       Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.

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Proverbs 20:21
21       An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning will not be blessed at the end.

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Proverbs 21:17
17       He who loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich.

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Proverbs 21:25
25       The sluggard’s craving will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work.

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Proverbs 22:13
13       The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside!” or, “I will be murdered in the streets!”

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Proverbs 24:27
27       Finish your outdoor work and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.

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Proverbs 24:30-34
30       I went past the field of the sluggard, past the vineyard of the man who lacks judgment;
31       thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins.
32       I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw:
33       A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest–
34       and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.

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Proverbs 26:13-16
13       The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!”
14       As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed.
15       The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.
16       The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who answer discreetly.

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Proverbs 27:18
18       He who tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who looks after his master will be honored.

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Proverbs 27:23-27
23       Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds;
24       for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations.
25       When the hay is removed and new growth appears and the grass from the hills is gathered in,
26       the lambs will provide you with clothing, and the goats with the price of a field.
27       You will have plenty of goats’ milk to feed you and your family and to nourish your servant girls.

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Proverbs 28:19
19       He who works his land will have abundant food, but the one who chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty.

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Proverbs 31:13-19 [WIFE OF NOBLE CHARACTER]
13       She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.
14       She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.
15       She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.
16       She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17       She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
18       She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.
19       In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.

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Proverbs 31:21-22 [WIFE OF NOBLE CHARACTER]
21       When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22       She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.

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Proverbs 31:24 [WIFE OF NOBLE CHARACTER]
24       She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.

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Proverbs 31:27 [WIFE OF NOBLE CHARACTER]
27       She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.

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