30 Important Bible Verses About Procrastination

Procrastination can hinder progress and rob us of opportunities. The Bible encourages diligence and stewardship of time, urging us to overcome procrastination and fulfill our responsibilities faithfully.

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Bible Verses About Procrastination

Proverbs 6:4-11 – The Consequences of Procrastination

“Do not put off till tomorrow what you can do today. Don’t allow yourself to procrastinate or put things off, for such behavior is a thief that steals time and opportunity from you.”

Ephesians 5:15-17 – Making the Most of Every Opportunity

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”

Proverbs 15:19 – The Way of the Diligent

“The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.”

Proverbs 20:4 – Laziness and Lack of Success

“Those too lazy to plow in the right season will have no food at the harvest.”

Proverbs 24:30-34 – The Field of the Sluggard

“I went past the field of a sluggard, past the vineyard of someone who has no sense; thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins. I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw: A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.”

Colossians 3:23-24 – Doing Everything for the Lord

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

James 4:17 – Doing the Right Thing

“Anyone, then, who knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.”

Proverbs 18:9 – Laziness Leads to Destruction

“One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.”

Proverbs 13:4 – Diligence and Prosperity

“The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.”

Matthew 6:33 – Seek First the Kingdom of God

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Proverbs 21:25 – The Way of the Diligent

“The desire of the sluggard kills him, for his hands refuse to labor.”

Proverbs 27:1 – Uncertain Tomorrow

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.”

Proverbs 19:15 – Laziness Brings Sleep

“Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger.”

2 Thessalonians 3:10 – Working for Food

“For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.”

Proverbs 12:27 – Diligence and Productivity

“The lazy do not roast any game, but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.”

Matthew 25:26-30 – The Parable of the Talents

“His master replied, “You wicked and lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. Take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.””

Hebrews 6:12 – Imitating the Faithful

“We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.”

Romans 12:11 – Fervent in Spirit

“Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.”

Proverbs 22:29 – Excellence and Diligence

“Do you see a person skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.”

Psalm 90:12 – Numbering Our Days

“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

1 Corinthians 15:58 – Steadfast and Immovable

“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

Proverbs 10:4-5 – Diligence and Wealth

“Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth. He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.”

1 Thessalonians 5:6 – Not Falling Asleep

“So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober.”

Proverbs 22:13 – Excuses and Laziness

“The sluggard says, ‘There is a lion outside! I will be killed in the public square!’”

Galatians 6:9 – Not Growing Weary

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

Proverbs 14:23 – Productivity and Profits

“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.”

1 Corinthians 10:31 – Doing All for God’s Glory

“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

Proverbs 26:13-16 – Laziness and Foolishness

“The sluggard says, ‘There is a lion in the road! A fierce lion roaming the streets!’ As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed. The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth. The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven people who answer discreetly.”

1 Timothy 4:15 – Progress and Perseverance

“Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.”

Proverbs 24:33-34 – Poverty and Lack

“A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.”

Psalm 127:2 – The Blessing of God’s Provision

“In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat—for he grants sleep to those he loves.”

Proverbs 10:26 – Virtuous Diligence

“As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so are sluggards to those who send them.”

Hebrews 10:36 – Endurance and the Will of God

“You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.”

Proverbs 19:24 – The Sluggard’s Hand in a Dish

“The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he will not even bring it back to his mouth!”

Proverbs 14:4 – Productivity and Clean Paddocks

“Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox come abundant harvests.”

James 1:22 – Doers of the Word

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”

Proverbs 20:13 – The Love of Sleep

“Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.”

Galatians 6:10 – Doing Good to All

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”

Proverbs 13:11 – Wealth and Idle Hands

“Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.”

Ecclesiastes 9:10 – Work with All Your Might

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.”

Proverbs 12:11 – Diligence and Good Harvests

“Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense.”

Matthew 6:34 – Not Worrying about Tomorrow

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Proverbs 16:3 – Committing Work to the Lord

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.”

1 Peter 4:10 – Using our God-Given Gifts

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”

Proverbs 18:9 – Slackness and Destruction

“One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.”

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