(Prov. 6:6-11) Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! 7 It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, 8 yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. 9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? 10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— 11 and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.
(Prov. 10:4) Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.
(Prov. 10:5) He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.
(Prov. 10:15) The wealth of the rich is their fortified city, but poverty is the ruin of the poor.
(Prov. 10:26) As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is a sluggard to those who send him.
(Prov. 12:11) Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense.
(Prov. 12:24) Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.
(Prov. 12:27) The lazy do not roast any game, but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.
(Prov. 13:4) A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
(Prov. 13:11) Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow.
(Prov. 14:23) All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.
(Prov. 15:19) The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.
(Prov. 18:9) One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.
(Prov. 19:15) Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless man goes hungry.
(Prov. 20:13) Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.
(Prov. 21:5) The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.
(Prov. 21:17) Whoever loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and olive oil will never be rich.
(Prov. 21:19) The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down.
(Prov. 21:25-26) The sluggard’s craving will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work. 26 All day long he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparing.
(Prov. 24:30-34) I went past the field of the sluggard, past the vineyard of the man who lacks judgment; 31 thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins. 32 I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw: 33 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— 34 and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.
(Prov. 26:13-16) The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!” 14 As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed. 15 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth. 16 The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who answer discreetly.
(Prov. 28:19) Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.