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23 Above all else, guard your affections. For they influence everything else in your life. Proverbs 4:23, The Living Bible (TLB) throughout

6 Take a lesson from the ants, you lazy fellow. Learn from their ways and be wise! 7 For though they have no king to make them work, 8 yet they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter. 9 But you - all you do is sleep. When will you wake up? 10 "Let me sleep a little longer!" Sure, just a little more! 11 And as you sleep, poverty creeps upon you like a robber and destroys you; want attacks you in full armor. - Proverbs 6:6-11

4 Lazy men are soon poor; hard workers get rich. 5 A wise youth makes hay while the sun shines, but what a shame to see a lad who sleeps away his hour of opportunity.
Proverbs 10:4-5

26 A lazy fellow is a pain to his employers - like smoke in their eyes or vinegar that sets the teeth on edge. - Prov. 10:26

27 If you search for good, you will find God's favor; if you search for evil, you will find his curse. - Prov. 11:27

11 Hard work means prosperity; only a fool idles away his time.
Prov. 12:11

24 Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and never succeed.
Prov. 12:24

Wit and Wisdom from the World
It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark.
Howard Ruff, 1930
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27 A lazy man won't even dress the game he gets while hunting, but the diligent man makes good use of everything he finds. - Prov. 12:27

4 Lazy people want much but get little, while the diligent are prospering.
Prov. 13:4

11 Wealth from gambling quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows.
Prov. 13:11

23 Work brings profit; talk brings poverty!
Prov. 14:23

19 A lazy fellow has trouble all through life; the good man's path is easy!
Proverbs 15:19

26 Hunger is good - if it makes you work to satisfy it!
Prov. 16:26

9 A lazy man is brother to the saboteur.
Prov. 18:9

15 A lazy man sleeps soundly - and he goes hungry!
Prov. 19:15

24 Some men are so lazy they won't even feed themselves!
Prov. 19:24

4 If you won't plow in the cold, you won't eat at the harvest.
Prov. 20:4

13 If you love sleep, you will end in poverty. Stay awake, work hard, and there will be plenty to eat!
Prov. 20:13

5 Steady plodding brings prosperity; hasty speculation brings poverty.
Prov. 21:5

Wit and Wisdom from the World
Lazy people are always looking for something to do.
Luc de Vauvenargues, 1715-1747

25 -26 The lazy man longs for many things, but his hands refuse to work. He is greedy to get, while the godly love to give! - Proverbs 21:25-26

13 The lazy man is full of excuses. "I can't go to work!" he says. "If I go outside, I might meet a lion in the street and be killed!" - Prov. 22:13

29 Do you know a hard-working man? He shall be successful and stand before kings!
Prov. 22:29

19 -21 O my son, be wise and stay in God's paths; don't carouse with drunkards and gluttons, for they are on their way to poverty. And remember that too much sleep clothes a man with rags. - Prov. 23:19-21

27 Develop your business first before building your house.
Prov. 24:27

30 -31 I walked by the field of a certain lazy fellow and saw that it was overgrown with thorns; it was covered with weeds, and its walls were broken down. 32 -33 Then, as I looked, I learned this lesson: "A little extra sleep, A little more slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest" 34 means that poverty will break in upon you suddenly like a robber and violently like a bandit. - Prov. 24:30-34

28 A man without self-control is as defenseless as a city with broken-down walls. - Prov. 25:28

13 The lazy man won't go out and work. "There might be a lion outside!" he says. 14 He sticks to his bed like a door to its hinges! 15 He is too tired even to lift his food from his dish to his mouth! 16 Yet in his own opinion he is smarter than seven wise men. - Prov. 26:13-16

23 -24 Riches can disappear fast. And the king's crown doesn't stay in his family forever - so watch your business interests closely. Know the state of your flocks and your herds; 25 -27 then there will be lambs' wool enough for clothing and goats' milk enough for food for all your household after the hay is harvested, and the new crop appears, and the mountain grasses are gathered in. - Proverbs 27:23-27

19 Hard work brings prosperity; playing around brings poverty.
Proverbs 28:19

Wit and Wisdom from the World
Failure is not the only punishment for laziness;
there is also the success of others.
Jules Renard, 1864-1910
The father of every good work is discontent,
and its mother is diligence.
Lajos Kassak, 1887-1967
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