Proverbs on Avoiding Laziness
Take a lesson from the ants, you lazy-bones. Learn from their ways and be wise! Even though they have no prints, governor, or ruler to make them work, they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter. But you, lazy-bones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up? I want you to learn this lesson: A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest- and poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.
Lazy people are soon poor; hard workers get rich.
Lazy people are a pain to their employer. They are like smoke in the eyes or vinegar that sets the teeth on edge.
Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.
Lazy people don’t even cook the game they catch, but the diligent make use of everything they find.
Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper and be satisfied.
A lazy person has trouble all through life; the path of the upright is easy!
A lazy person sleeps soundly – and goes hungry.
Some people are so lazy that they won’t even lift a finger to feed themselves.
If you are too lazy to plow in the right season, you will have no food at the harvest.
The desires of lazy people will be their ruin, for their hands refuse to work. They are always greedy for more, while the godly love to give!
The lazy person is full of excuses, saying, “If I go outside, I might meet a lion in the street and be killed!”
I walked by the field of a lazy person, the vineyard of one lacking sense. I saw that it was overgrown with thorns. It was covered with weeds, and its walls were broken down. Then, as I looked and thought about it, I learned this lesson: A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest – and poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.
The lazy person is full of excuses, saying, “I can’t go outside because there might be a lion on the road! Yes, I am sure there is a lion out there!”
As a door turns back and forth on its hinges, so the lazy person turns over in bed.
Some people are so lazy that they won’t lift a finger to feed themselves.
Lazy people consider themselves smarter than seven wise counselors.