The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,
A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
2 Thessalonians 3:10
For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.
Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys.
1 Timothy 5:8
But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
The desire of the sluggard kills him, for his hands refuse to labor.
I passed by the field of a sluggard, by the vineyard of a man lacking sense, and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns; the ground was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down. Then I saw and considered it; I looked and received instruction. A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.
The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing.
Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.
Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger.
The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor.
But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”
Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.
The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road! There is a lion in the streets!” As a door turns on its hinges, so does a sluggard on his bed. The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; it wears him out to bring it back to his mouth. The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly.
In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.
So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
2 Thessalonians 3:11-12
For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
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