The following is a list of scriptures on laziness. Laziness is a killer; fight it with all you have.  Laziness breeds disappointment, and disappointment breeds hopelessness, and hopelessness breeds depression, and depression robs you of your motivation, which in turn breeds more laziness.  It is a cycle of death and destruction.

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 – And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;  (12)  That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.

Proverbs 24:30-34 – I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; (31)  And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.  (32)  Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction.  (33) Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: (34) So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.

Proverbs 6:6-11 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: (7) Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, (8) Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.  (9)  How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?  (10) Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: (11) So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.

Proverbs 13:4 -The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.

Proverbs 12:24 -The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.

Proverbs 20:4 -The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.

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

Proverbs 10:4-5 -He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.  (5) He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.

Proverbs 22:29 -Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.

Ecclesiastes 10:18 -By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.

Proverbs 27:23-27 -Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.  (24) For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation?  (25) The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.  (26) The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field.  (27) And thou shalt have goats’ milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens.

Proverbs 28:19-20 – He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.  (20)  A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.

Proverbs 20:13 – Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.

Proverbs 21:5 – The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.

Proverbs 12:11 – He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.


  1. this is our second marriage and his first wife she passed away young ago of cancer. We been Married 20 years. He has two kids they are grown. one of them is married and the other one is not. My problem is they were raised as a Christian his son is 40 years old never worked do anything he is lazy. I talk to my husband he talks to him a lot he needs to work but he doesn’t . It’s very hard I work I clean and make dinner take care of my family I get mad sometimes but I want to be a better Christian i’ve been praying and praying about it nothing changed over the years. I let it in gods hand. I need advice Thank you!

  2. My name is Bekithemba Mtupha l am 33 years whenever I start something I don’t finish and I am afraid to disappoint everyone around me please pray for me

  3. Francine always tell your grandson you love him even when you fell frustrated with him read the Bible with him hug him tell him that he can always count with you pray for him every day with scriptures that support his needs print them and have him pray for himself also pray together daily let him know that you believe he can make it through this remain close to him nonstop until he comes out of this advice him to focus in the goal if been independent and if you can advice him not to watch negative shows on TV of any kind as much as you can of course I know is possible for him to be free from this take him to church and if you don’t attent please start this is very important I will be praying for you and your family including your grandson stay constant and don’t give up and don’t loose faith or hope know that God will make away for your grandson to have a better life

  4. I have a grandson who wants to stay up all night and sleep all day he’s not in school and he doesn’t work he and my husband bump heads constantly. My grandson is not a mature 18-year-old because he was born with some problems and his real father abused him mentally he would beat and put him in a closet when he was a small child until my daughter took him and his brother out of that situation, his brother came through it but he didn’t, he talks back and he is very rude and lazy but my husband doesn’t help the case either he’s mean and hateful and he only hears himself, I have high blood pressure and this is really not good for me. My doctors want to know why they can’t get my BP to come down, I don’t want to tell them why I just keep praying and trusting in God to fix the problem. I just want things to get better but I don’t and can’t see anything positive happening. Please help me pray for a breakthrough for my husband and my grandson. Oh! We have my grandson because his mother and stepfather put him out of they’re house and I just couldn’t see him out on the street. My grandson has signed up for the Job Corp and I’m praying that he gets in but when God does let him in I want him to grow with the program I want him to grow up and to become the man that I know that he can be. One more thing that scares me is that he talks about suicide, he said that he would be happy if he wasn’t here. And yes he’s seen Professionals sense, my daughter took him away from that man that called himself a daddy. He hasn’t seen him in years but we see some of his dad in him in which we hate. So (Please) pray for my family.

    1. Francine bless your grandson everyday and if is possible have him sleep hearing the scriptures every day and have him read the scriptures everyday 1 to 2 hours daily I’m going through something similar and I do this everyday I have battle with this for years and I will advance and stop doing this and sometimes finding my self not advancing in life in anyway sleet some times for more than what a person will sleep normally always wondering around through the day wasting time the advice I have giving I have committed to it constantly for months and I have notice improvement for my self god bless you and your son remember to give thanks to Jesus for alk he has done for you and for your grandson he has a great potential ask God to activated in him also play Cristian music in your home and have him listen to it god bless

    2. Francine also let your grandson know he can always count on you that you love him also hug him from time to time bless him everyday in Jesus name go to church with him this is very important for you and him try to go regularly I will be pray for you your son and whole family god bless

  5. BRAVO
    Blessings to all – Father, help us ALL – restore our ENERGY, help us EAT correctly – heal our Thyroid Glands … remove excess ESTROGEN from the men from our diets – remove excess other in the ladies Lord – align our spirits, soul and Your TEMPLE with HEAVEN – help us – give us the Gift of Repentance [ changing our minds to AGREE with the Word of God ] to admit IT [ to God / JESUS and then MEN ] … quit IT …. and get on with IT, the Life of the Holy Spirit – AMEN and AMEN – blessings – smile

  6. Pls pray for me ,my name is Brian Coverdale.
    I have been lazy and not diligent.My wife works every day,while i hinder myself with slothfulness,and its not fair to her.
    Pls pray that i work with my hands so that my family will b made fat and whole.A man that dont work doesnt eat.

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      Brian – I honor your honesty. But for me to be honest, I have to say that I can’t pray you into working. You will have to make that decision yourself. If it is laziness, face it. If it is depression, face it. I understand, I really do. Brian, get brutal. It will change your life and the life of your family.

      Go to your wife and repent, and work out a game plan with her to get it all going. Find a quick crappy job and then look for a better one. It is easier to find a job when you have a job. Go door-to-door and look them in the eye and tell them that you will work crazy for them, and then do it.

      God will supernaturally honor that and bless you. You will feel the presence of God in your heart and the love of your wife. Or, you may want to go on a hard fast until you get a good job. As you mention, that is scriptural and would it really motivate you. We love you. Go get’m tiger. Rex

  7. Thanks for the verses and good advice, God Bless You All and Peace be with You

  8. My brother has been on a very long vacation sense 2015. He somehow thinks I’m suppose to take care of him and his kid. I’m tired of his $###. I’m on unemployment right now after losing a job i was at for ten years. I’m not his parents it’s not job to take care of him. Please pray for Gerald Boyett

  9. This has really helped me understand that it’s not only about laziness but it’s about what laziness breeds.

  10. Thank you I have grand children who are prone to laziness unless it benefits them ! Pray for my family ! And pray for me as a grandma knowing how to encourage him motivate in a godly way !

  11. hi im also one of the lazy people till i ask why but got the answers from seeking GOD through pray and reading
    its like this if you don’t come out of that laziness your giving the demons LEGAL PERMISSION and legal right, They just need some kind of an entry point to be able to get in and laziness can be 1 of their entry point. I know when m lazy to do my work or leave things to the last minute the demon of hopelessness will attack ,depression will attack, unworthy will attack demon of uselessness will attack ,unmotivated ,destruction ,and death with attack so its not about being lazy its all about what is hidden in laziness
    REMEMBER Revelations 3v20 that Jesus him self will stand before us and knock on our door to see if we are willing to open up that door and allow him to come into our lives
    demon can not enter us with out will.SO willpower is the key to all of this you avoid things willingly you sit the whole day willingly you let things go .you leave things to the last minute .then demon will attack you using laziness .No verses will help you unless you are willing to do something its not easy I know but greater is he that me than the one that’s in the world remember that . I HOPE THIS WILL HELP SOME ONE

    1. These scriptures explain a lot about my current situation and the attacks that have come against me. The comments are a confirmation that I must pray to God for wisdom and knowledge on how to work on myself and overcome this spirit of laziness. Thank you all for allowing God to use you to minister to a broken spirit.

  12. At he age of 65, I know I only have so much time to do things and I do not want to sand before God with any more laxiness. So grateful for this website.

  13. Thank you for your insights here. I feel stronger already by writing down these bible verses ! Planning to memorize all.

  14. Dear Robin,
    I know your post was months ago but I just ran across it tonight. I would say try to not entertain your thoughts of worry. I use to be very depressed and my favorite bible verse is “This is the day the Lord made I will rejoice and be glad in it. ” There are many days I need reminders but God has truly delivered me from depression and made me joyful. Even on my worst days now I know God is there. He is there for you and you will get through this and have JOY!

  15. I am lazy and can not seem to motivate myself to do anything I read scripture’s on the internet but they don’t help me I am depressed and it’s sucking the life out of me

    1. I’m in a terrible place I can’t seem to function. I have terrible anxieties I worry all the time. I just can’t handle life anymore. Help

      1. The examiner is silent during the examination, when God seem the farthest He is actually very near, when our life lacks meaning to walk with God is the only way that can help, save and deliver.

    2. Vicky, When I read your comment, it was if I had wrote it. I worked my job 5 days a week. But when it comes to chores about my home, I just can’t get motivated. I pray read scriptures about laziness. I am so tired of going around this mountain. If one thing good came from your comment is I’m not alone.


    3. I want you get better.. I feel sort of if not almost exactly the same.

  16. Help me lord I feel depressed and my youth is fading away please bring back my energy, lord I’m tired of hiding I out my life and spirit in your hands

    1. The examiner is silent during the examination, when God seem the farthest He is actually very near, when our life lacks meaning to walk with God is the only way that can help, save and deliver.

  17. This is how i understand speaking in tongues. It is speaking in many known languages just as the spirit filled people in the upper room when the tongues of fire landed on them. People below thought these people were drunk in the morning however, they were shocked to learn that these spirit filled people were speaking in the many languages of the area. Speaking in tongues therefore is not unintelligible

    1. Its simple The unsurendered soul is selfish and allow Satan to fluff us up and say we don’t need to work The says get up early in the morning .So get up and wait and seek his face.
      . It not rocket science,just get stuck in ,do the work for God .Sink or swim .
      The lord is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him . Simple isn’t it .
      Now do what Holy Spirit is telling you.
      . Obedience carries the anointing and the anointing breaks the yoke .
      We are to worship him in spirit and in truth not fantasy .
      . Maybe I have been a Hard working Bricky for to long.
      . I call it tough love.
      . Bless you all real good

  18. Wow! just reading your testimonies motivates me and reminds me once more that we should not allow the flesh to control us but rather mediate real on the word and pray to God that self-control within us is developed and maintained throughout our spiritual lives.

  19. Hello Daniel.
    He link Treasury provided you, I’ll advise you don’t follow it. I know about this personality and I can’t recommend Him. But you sure can stand on the Word of God and get results like you’d purposes to do. Stay with the word, because Gods Word works wonders when we read it, meditate on it and confess it.
    God bless you!

    1. Author

      I have removed the previous comment and the link. I know nothing about the man’s ministry and I should have removed it earlier. Thank you.

  20. Hi, thank you for you sight. It seem as though I have had some Spirit of Sloth, and I need to get rid of it; though, it has harshly attached itself to me for quite some time. Can you suggest a few verses I can stand on until this breaks?

    I do not want to look back on my life, and see all my day were wasted. I am a man that fears God, and the Great Judgement.
    I am not the type to ly in bed, I’m up at 6:30am, but there is some thing that has made me forgetful. Without fail, I’m forgetting a least some each time I go out the door. I have to come back in to remember what is was. This steeling my life away!!

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