What does it mean to be a sluggard?

Someone recently asked me what it means to be guilty of being a sluggard.

To be slothful is to be a sluggard, lazy, unwilling to work.

Compare Proverbs 21:25 from the
King James Version (KJV)

25The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.

and the New American Standard Bible (NASB)

25 The desire of the sluggard puts him to death,
For his hands refuse to work;

And of course, we see in scripture that everyone should work:

2 Thessalonians 3:10-12

10 For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either. 11 For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies. 12 Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread.

Even women are to work – at least at home:
Titus 2:3-5

3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, 4 so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.

So, to be a sluggard is to be lazy and unwilling to work. This is against what God has said for us to do. We are to be workers and earn our way in this life if we can.

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3 Responses

  1. God created life (humans, animals, plants life) to work. Work is a healthy thing; it increases self-esteem, makes one happier, provides money for needs, and can even increase length of days (life).

    It is the devil that tempts people to be lazy. Laziness has negative effects; it lowers one’s feeling of worth, denies money for needs, brings famine, results in being a burden to others, increases opportunities to be a busybody, and can shorten life.

    God created animals to work. They go out to look for food so they can eat and feed their young, they build their nests to have their children in, and etc. If they don’t they will die.

    When we become born again God expects us to work. He has ordained works for those who belong to Him (Eph 2:10). A Christian that serves God feels better, is more happier, and etc than a Christian who doesn’t.

    • Our society no longer encourages diligence or hard work. We expect all people to do the same amount of the same types of work in school. We hold people back from their best, because teachers can not teach much beyond the group. Kids make fun of other kids who excel. Adults speak with hate or jealously of people who are successful yet they do not work hard themselves. Television encourages people to not do things, but to stop and watch.

      We need to encourage people to rise to the top, to do their best, to no be lazy.
      As Christians, we need to work hard and provide for our families and meet our responsibilities.

  2. I agree with you 100% wb.

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