By Pastor Bill Farrow
"Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.” -
Proverbs 19:15 (6:9–11; 10:4).
“Slothfulness” or idleness is a well-used word or concept in the OT and especially in Solomon’s writings. It can speak of anything from laziness to unusually slow are non-energetic movement, to the refusal or failure to use the needed or called for energy in getting a job done. Depending on the context used, it adds the concept of an “enjoyment” of the failure to be diligent in a task, hence the idea of laziness as one would “rather” be still and easy than hard working.
There is actually a LOT of discussion about this idea throughout the Bible, virtually ALL of it in a negative sense:
I. Sloth is a Forbidden Quality or Indulgence
First of all, it is both clear and obvious that Slothfulness is a forbidden quality or indulgence for those who have any desire to be all that God intends for them to be.
Rom 12:11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;
Heb 6:12 that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
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