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Question: what does the bible say about idle hands? (Evangelical Christian)


The Bible has much to say about the concept of “idle hands.” In the book of Proverbs, which contains wisdom for daily living, we read that “idle hands make one poor, but diligent hands bring wealth” (Proverbs 10:4). In other words, being lazy or inactive can lead to financial struggles, but hard work and diligence can lead to prosperity.

This theme is emphasized in other parts of the Bible as well. In Ecclesiastes 10:18, we read that “through laziness, the rafters sag; because of idle hands, the house leaks.” Similarly, in 2 Thessalonians 3:10, the Apostle Paul writes, “For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: ‘The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.'”

These passages all point to the importance of being productive and working hard. However, it’s important to note that the Bible also emphasizes the value of rest and Sabbath. In fact, God rested on the seventh day of creation (Genesis 2:2), and he commanded his people to observe a day of rest (Exodus 20:8-11). So while we should avoid idleness and laziness, we also need to make time for rest and renewal.

In summary, the Bible teaches us that we should avoid being idle or lazy and instead strive to be productive and diligent. However, we should also make time for rest and renewal, recognizing that God values both work and Sabbath.

Viewpoint: Evangelical Christian
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