Proverbs 26:13-16 Sluggard

13 A sluggard says, “There’s a lion in the road,
    a fierce lion roaming the streets!”
14 As a door turns on its hinges,
    so a sluggard turns on his bed.
15 A sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
    he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.
16 A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes
    than seven people who answer discreetly.


There is always a reason isn’t there?  Why do we always have an excuse?  We don’t get fit because we are tired from looking after the kids.  We don’t cook a dinner because we have had a hard day at work.  We don’t cycle to work because it takes so long.  We don’t have a conversation with someone because we don’t want to make them feel bad.  These reason appear good, but we miss the better plan of making something exceptional happen.  If we can’t get moving we should seek and see if God can inspire us to move beyond our false selves and into something more substantial.


  1. List attributes of a sluggard.
  2. What other names could be used for a sluggard?
  3. Why would God be opposef to a sluggard?
  4. What excuses do people give for not doing things?
  5. What is your best excuse?

About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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1 Response to Proverbs 26:13-16 Sluggard

  1. Dan S. says:

    Great post Peter,

    My exscuse tends to revolve around being tired or not “up for a task”. But really, I am in control of my own tiredness. My famous exscuse for many things is “I’ll do it tomorrow”. For many of us, tomorrow comes and the task never gets done. Understandably, life happens and things get in the way. We don’t have to make dinner every night, or exercise etc… I think the verse warns us not to become consistent in this type of behavior. One verse that strikes me is from Phillipians when Paul was writing about his circumstance: “I can do all things through him who strengthens me”. Now, if we can only remember to think of this when we are tired or unwilling to do something that needs to be done…


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