As we continue our series through Proverbs we’ll look this Sunday at the topic of the “sluggard” which simply means “a person who is habitually inactive or lazy.”  You might want to discuss this topic with your friends or family before this Sunday to have your own thoughts about it before you come in.  You also might want to remember your pastors in your prayers as they prepare for this sermon.  Below you’ll find some of the principal texts from Proverbs dealing with this issue.  As you go through these passages think about:

  1. What are the material consequences of laziness?
  2. What does the lazy person want?  What motivates him?
  3. Is the lazy person free? Or does the lazy person experience a form of bondage/ slavery?
  4. In what areas of my life do I exhibit these tendencies?
  5. What hope do I have in Jesus for those aspects of my life?

Proverbs 6:6

Go to the ant, O sluggard;

consider her ways, and be wise.


Proverbs 6:9

How long will you lie there, O sluggard?

When will you arise from your sleep?


Proverbs 10:4-5

A slack hand causes poverty,

but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

He who gathers in summer is a prudent son,

but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.


Proverbs 10:15

A rich man’s wealth is his strong city;

the poverty of the poor is their ruin.


Proverbs 10:26

Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,

so is the sluggard to those who send him.


Proverbs 12:11

Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,

but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.


Proverbs 12:24

The hand of the diligent will rule,

while the slothful will be put to forced labor.


Proverbs 13:4

The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing,

while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.


Proverbs 15:19

The way of a sluggard is like a hedge of thorns,

but the path of the upright is a level highway.


Proverbs 19:24

The sluggard buries his hand in the dish

and will not even bring it back to his mouth.


Proverbs 20:4

The sluggard does not plow in the autumn;

he will seek at harvest and have nothing.


Proverbs 21:25

The desire of the sluggard kills him,

for his hands refuse to labor.


Proverbs 22:13

The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside!

I shall be killed in the streets!”


Proverbs 24:30-34

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,

nd poverty will come upon you like a robber,

and want like an armed man.


Proverbs 26:13

The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road!

There is a lion in the streets!”


Proverbs 26:14

As a door turns on its hinges,

so does a sluggard on his bed.


Proverbs 26:15

The sluggard buries his hand in the dish;

it wears him out to bring it back to his mouth.


Proverbs 26:16

The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes

than seven men who can answer sensibly.










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