Proverbs 6:6-11 – The Sin of Sloth

BIBLE TEXT

SUMMARY

Learn from the ants: Don’t be lazy!

ANALYSIS

This is the first and one of the most memorable of a good number of warnings against sloth in Proverbs. One of the classic seven deadly sins has been identified as laziness or, to use the more ancient and colorful word, sloth. Significantly, in these verses we learn this lesson from the ants, highlighting the importance of learning from nonhuman creatures.  (See Learning From Nature in Bible in the World.)