17 Bible Verses about Sleeping Too Much

Bible Verses About Sleeping Too Much

For some people, sleep is not just the moments in which we rest our heads and close our eyes.

Our body rests daily, trying to recharge for another round of challenges. Yet some do not enjoy sleep for one reason or another and are known to be restless at night.

For some of us, staying up late watching television is no problem; but for others, this routine can make them tired the following day.

Bible Verses about Sleeping too Much

For some, sleep is one of the essential things in their lives. For others, it’s overrated. I will share 17 Bible verses that make this topic so enjoyable.

Proverbs 6:10-11 – Preparation.

How long will you [f]slumber, O sluggard?When will you rise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber,A little folding of the hands to sleep

Proverbs 6:10-11

Proverbs 6_10-11

Perhaps the slacker shown here intends to work after a bit more sleep, but he is delusory. He quickly slips into a deep, long slumber and never returns to work. Or he consistently avoids work and falls behind.

The danger here is a lack of preparation. When bad luck strikes, there is no way to “make up” for lost hours.

Proverbs 20:13 – Sleep shouldn’t be an escape.

Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty;open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.

Proverbs 20:13 (ESV)

Proverbs 20_13

Some folks would sooner sleep than confront reality. Unusual drowsiness or fatigue is a common symptom of severe depression. However, God-honoring employment is both healing and necessary.

Hard work is not a magic spell that ensures success—but a hardworking person is considerably less likely to be poor than a lazy person.

Proverbs 24:33-34 – Oversleeping limits us.

A little sleep, a little slumber,a little folding of the hands to rest,and poverty will come upon you like a robber,and need like a bandit.

Proverbs 24:33-34 (BSB)

Proverbs 24_33-34

While he should be up tilling his field and planting his vineyard, he is in his bed; and awaking; instead of rising, he seeks for and indulges himself in another small doze, which he repeats repeatedly.

It is in our best interests to avoid oversleeping to make the most of life.

Romans 12:11 – We must serve with zeal and intensity.

Do not let your zeal subside; keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.

Romans 12:11 (BSB)

Romans 12_11

This could suggest that we must maintain our spirits or that God’s Spirit in us should set us on fire. In any event, this is a clear call from Paul to avoid becoming bored or tepid as we pursue our purpose as believers.

We must serve with zeal and intensity, mastering our emotions to rejoice in the future while remaining patient in the present.

Proverbs 6:4 – Take action.

Allow no sleep to your eyes,no slumber to your eyelids

Proverbs 6:4 (NIV)

Proverbs 6_4

Solomon advises taking immediate action if one is committed to a terrible financing arrangement, having cosigned for someone untrustworthy or an excessive sum of interest.

He advises his son not to sleep or slumber until the issue of being the cosigner is resolved. In other words, he should not wait a single night before requesting repayment of the money.

Proverbs 6:9 – Too much sleep can be detrimental.

How long will you lie there, you sluggard?When will you get up from your sleep?

Proverbs 6:9 (NIV)

Proverbs 6_9

Solomon used the ant as an example of a species that works hard and is thus able to withstand adversity.

Although getting enough sleep can be beneficial physically, cognitively, emotionally, and spiritually, it can be detrimental if it interferes with work.

There is a distinction to be made between adequate self-care and being reckless.

Proverbs 6:10 – The danger is a lack of preparation.

A little sleep, a little slumber,a little folding of the hands to rest,

Proverbs 6:10 (ESV)

Proverbs 6_10

A slacker represented here intends to work after a little more sleep, but he is delusory. He quickly slips into a deep, long slumber and never returns to work. Or he consistently avoids work and falls behind.

The danger here is a lack of preparation. When bad luck strikes, there is no way to “make up” for lost hours.

Proverbs 10:5 – the benefit of hard work.

A wise youth harvests in the summer,but one who sleeps during harvest is a disgrace.

Proverbs 10:5 (NLT)

Proverbs 10_5

The passage talks about the Lord’s benefits on people who work hard and the consequences of being indolent.

Is it too late to collect crops after harvesting? Sensible children make their parents proud, while shiftless or selfish youngsters often humiliate their parents. Laziness fails those youngsters and gives them a poor name.

Proverbs 19:15 – The risks of laziness.

Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.

Proverbs 19:15 (KJV)

Proverbs 19_15

Solomon frequently condemns sloth in his writings, warning of its dangers.

In this passage, he equates laziness to being profoundly asleep: ignorant of their surroundings and accomplishing nothing. Such views increase a person’s chances of poverty and hunger.

Proverbs 23:21 – Idleness enhances one’s chances of poverty and hunger.

For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty,And drowsiness will clothe a man with rags.

Proverbs 23:21 (NKJV)

Proverbs 23_21

Solomon repeatedly condemns idleness in his works and warns of the risks it brings. In this passage, he compares idleness to being profoundly asleep: being unaware of their surroundings and accomplishing nothing.

Such attitudes enhance one’s chances of poverty and hunger. If people are governed by their desires, such desires will drive them to personal tragedy.

Psalm 127:2

It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest,eating the bread of anxious toil;for he gives to his beloved sleep.

Psalm 127:2 (ESV)

This text in no way condemns work—only overwork that excludes God and causes anxiety and restless nights. Worse, the pressure of working against the grain results in negative tension and sleepless nights.

Reliance on the Lord, on the other hand, results in a good night’s sleep at the end of each workday.

Ephesians 5:16

making the most of your time, because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:16 (NASB)

Paul follows with a directive on how we utilize our time. Depending on the translation, this could be interpreted as “making use of every opportunity.”

Paul was well acquainted with the idea that each day could be his last. Out of respect for Christ, believers should submit to one another, presenting a powerful witness to the world.

Proverbs 23:20-21

Do not mix with winebibbers,Or with gluttonous eaters of meat;For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty,And drowsiness will clothe a man with rags.

Proverbs 23:20-21 (NKJV)

God for guidance and wisdom in doing the necessary action in love. Sometimes, God’s advice can be challenging to hear, but it’s important to remember that God’s Word is Love, and He speaks to us as his sons and daughters.

The text also reminds us of how the religious leaders were alarmed because Jesus was dining and drinking with the sinners that this text warns us.

Ecclesiastes 5:12

The sleep of the worker is sweet, whether he eats little or much, but the abundance of the rich man permits him no sleep.

Ecclesiastes 5:12 (BSB)

Refreshing sleep is always considered a great mercy and blessing, and which laboring men enjoy with sweetness, but the abundance of food which he eats, which loads his stomach and fills his head with vapors, and makes him restless, so that he can get no sleep, or what little sleep he does get is very uncomfortable.

3 John 1:2

Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.

3 John 1:2 (ESV)

John asks for a broad blessing and then prays for Gaius’s health. According to one theory, we wouldn’t know if Gaius had specific health issues that required prayer, and Gaius could have been elderly.

This is especially crucial to John so that those teaching the truth are not reliant on non-believers for assistance.

Proverbs 22:6

Train up a child in the way he should go,And when he is old he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV)

This passage instructs us to raise our children and those born in our homes in the ways of the Lord, in the pathways of righteousness and judgment, which are how they should follow, and which will benefit and benefit them. Not quickly or usually, but there are exceptions to this rule.

John 14:6

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 14:6 (ESV)

This is true because the means of redemption is a person, not a process. It is only through the person of Christ that this is possible. We cannot struggle to achieve paradise; all we can do is follow Christ.

That is how we are supposed to know God and get all of the advantages he promised via CHRIST. Only those who believe in Jesus can benefit from his blessings.


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