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About Lazy, Slothful Sluggards

This outline is based on a few of the verses found in the book of Proverbs. Many other verses can be found in the Bible, on this topic, but this list will give you a basic idea of what God says about such a person.

Different translations will use various words, such as lazy, slothful, sluggard, lazy-bones, idle, slack, etc., but the basic meaning of the verses - and the final conclusions of this study - will be the same.

The Sluggard - His Description

A. How he views himself vs. how others view him

  1. How he views himself: wise
  2. How others view him: very irritating, annoying

B. Some of his character traits

  1. [Note: A person's character can display itself in many ways. The examples given below are sometimes the most easily seen expressions of a character trait, and would be representative of the many other, less "extreme" expressions of that trait. For example, an unwillingness to lift food from the dish to his mouth would be an "extreme" that would represent all the other ways he might be too lazy to take advantage of easy opportunities placed right before him.]

  2. Would rather sleep (rather than work)
  3. Filled with excuses for not doing what he should do (half-truths, at best)
  4. Too lazy to work
  5. Too lazy to eat (or to provide for himself)
  6. Unwilling to plow or sow crops when the opportunity comes (so that he could later reap the benefits)
  7. He is like a person who destroys things
  8. He lacks judgment

C. He is contrasted with...

  1. Diligent people
  2. Upright / righteous people
  3. Those who are discreet in the way they speak

The results of being a sluggard

A. What he DOES NOT get

  1. Does not reap good things because of his unwillingness to plow/sow (to do the necessary work, beforehand)
  2. Desires not satisfied

B. What he DOES get

  1. Poverty & scarcity/neediness
  2. Hunger
  3. Slavery / forced labor (it's just about the only way to get him to do something!)

Lessons to be learned

  1. By the sluggard: He could learn wisdom even from ants (if he were willing to learn)
  2. By the rest of us: We can learn NOT to be a sluggard!

Verses used in this study:

Proverbs 6:6-11; 10:4, 26; 12:24, 27; 13:4; 15:19; 18:9; 19:15, 24; 20:4; 21:25-26; 22:13; 24:30-34; 26:13-16

Dennis Hinks © 1999