The Sluggard’s Squeaky Bed

by Paul Tautges | May 11, 2012 7:23 am

The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road! A lion is in the open square!” As the door turns on its hinges, so does the sluggard on his bed. The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is weary of bringing it to his mouth again. The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can give a discreet answer (Prov 26:13-16). These powerful images provide a strong warning concerning the sin of laziness. This passage, and other warnings in the book of Proverbs, cause us to reflect upon God’s call to us be hard workers who possess much initiative.


  1. The sluggard’s goals will never be achieved and he will always be in need (21:25-26). – The desire of the sluggard puts him to death, for his hands refuse to work; all day long he is craving, while the righteous gives and does not hold back.
  2. The sluggard’s position will be one of bondage (12:24). The hand of the diligent will rule, but the slack hand will be put to forced labor.
  3. The sluggard’s wallet will be empty and his stomach hungry (20:13) – Do not love sleep, lest you become poor; open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with food.
  4. The sluggard’s life will be very hard, by his own choice (15:19). The way of the sluggard is as a hedge of thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.

If laziness, and lack of motivation or initiative, is a sin you struggle with then it is time to “Go to the ant…and learn her ways” (Prov 6:6-11).

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