"Go to the ant, O sluggard, observe her ways and be wise, how long will you lie down, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep?"
"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need."
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
"Not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
"He who tills his land will have plenty of food, but he who follows empty pursuits will have poverty in plenty."
"Poor is he who works with a negligent hand, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. He who gathers in summer is a son who acts wisely, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who acts shamefully."
"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.
"For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies.
"Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread."
2 Thessalonians 3:10-12
"Poor is he who works with a negligent hand, but the hand of the diligent makes rich."
"The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the soul of the diligent is made fat."
"The way of the lazy is as a hedge of thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway."
"Laziness casts into a deep sleep, and an idle man will suffer hunger. The sluggard buries his hand in the dish, but will not even bring it back to his mouth."
"The sluggard does not plow after the autumn, so he begs during the harvest and has nothing."
"As the door turns on its hinges, so does the sluggard on his bed."
"Here is what I have seen
to be good and fitting: to eat, to drink and enjoy oneself in all one's labor
in which he toils under the sun during the few years of his life which God has
given him; for this is his reward.
"Furthermore, as for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, He has also empowered him to eat from them and to receive his reward and rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God.
"The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can give a discreet answer."
"His master answered and said to him, 'You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed. Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest.'"
"So that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises."
"The hand of the diligent will rule, but the slack hand will be put to forced labor."
"A lazy man does not roast his prey, but the precious possession of a man is diligence."