Proverbs 19:15

ESV Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger.
NIV Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless go hungry.
NASB Laziness casts one into a deep sleep, And a lazy person will suffer hunger.
CSB Laziness induces deep sleep, and a lazy person will go hungry.
NLT Lazy people sleep soundly, but idleness leaves them hungry.
KJV Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.

What does Proverbs 19:15 mean?

Solomon often condemns laziness in his writings, warning about the risks it brings (Proverbs 10:4; 12:24; 18:9; Ecclesiastes 10:18). Here, he compares laziness to someone who is deeply asleep: unaware of their surroundings and accomplishing nothing. Such attitudes put a person at great risk of poverty and hunger (Proverbs 20:4; 23:21). The apostle Paul understood the sacredness of work and the sin of "slothfulness." He advised the church at Thessalonica to exclude giving handouts to those who were capable of work yet chose not to out of laziness. He writes in 2 Thessalonians 3:10: "If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat."

Work is not always pleasant, but it is beneficial. Even in the garden of Eden, before sin entered humanity, God assigned work to Adam. Genesis 2:15 tells us, "The LORD God took [Adam] and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it." When Adam and Eve sinned, work became difficult and backbreaking. God placed a curse on the ground and told Adam: "In pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life" (Genesis 3:17).
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