Indolence • Lazy • Procrastination • Sluggish
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
LAZINESS — inactivity, idleness, or a refusal to work—a condition condemned by many biblical writers. “Because of laziness the building decays,” wrote the author of Ecclesiastes, “and through idleness of hands the house leaks” (Eccl. 10:18). The New Testament speaks of a “wicked and lazy servant” (Matt.
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
INDOLENCE.—The spirit of Christ’s religion is inimical to indolence in the sphere of business (Lk 16:11, Mt 24:48, 23:26), but more especially indolent Christianity is salt without savour (Mt 5:13). Not only is a state of salvation hard to maintain (Mt 7:14), but perfection is to be aimed at (5:48).
Key passages
Ps 119:60

I hurry and do not delay to heed your commands.

Pr 6:6–11

Go to the ant, lazy! Consider its ways and be wise. It has no chief, officer, or ruler. In the summer, it prepares its food; in the harvest, it gathers its sustenance. How long will you lie down, lazy? When will you rise up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, …

Pr 26:13–16

A lazy person says “A lion is in the road! A lion among the streets!” The door turns on its hinge, and a lazy person on his bed. A lazy person buries his hands in the dish; he is too tired to return it to his mouth. A lazy person is wiser in his eyes than seven who answer discreetly. …

2 Th 3:6–12

But we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from every brother who lives irresponsibly and not according to the tradition that they received from us. For you yourselves know how it is necessary to imitate us, …

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