What Does The Bible Say About Idleness?

What Does The Bible Say About Idleness?

Quotes are from the RSV Catholic Edition or the Douay-Rheims

Proverbs 12:11 – He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that pursueth idleness is very foolish. He that is delighted in passing his time over wine, leaveth a reproach in his strong holds.

Proverbs 19:15 – Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep, and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.

Proverbs 28:19 – He that tilleth his ground, shall be filled with bread: but he that followeth idleness shall be filled with poverty.

Ecclesiasticus 33:29 – For idleness hath taught much evil.

Ezechiel 16:49 – Behold this was the iniquity of Sodom thy sister, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance, and the idleness of her, and of her daughters: and they did not put forth their hand to the needy, and to the poor.

Matthew 20:6 – And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing; and he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’

2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 – For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: If any one will not work, let him not eat. For we hear that some of you are living in idleness, mere busybodies, not doing any work. Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work in quietness and to earn their own living.

1 Timothy 5:13 – Besides that, they learn to be idlers, gadding about from house to house, and not only idlers but gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not.

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