Idleness
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
(n.) The condition or quality of being idle (in the various senses of that word); uselessness; fruitlessness; triviality; inactivity; laziness.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
IDLE; IDLENESS

i'-d'-l, i'-d'-l-nes: Both words, adjective and noun, render different Hebrew words (from `atsel, "to be lazy," raphah, "to relax," and shaqaT, "to be quiet"). According to the Yahwistic narrative Pharaoh's retort to the complaints of the Israelites was a charge of indolence (Exodus 5:8, 17). It was a favorite thought of Hebrew wisdom-practical philosophy of life-that indolence inevitably led to poverty and want (Proverbs 19:15 Ecclesiastes 10:18). The "virtuous woman" was one who would not eat the "bread of idleness" (Proverbs 31:27). In Ezekiel 16:49 for the King James Version "abundance of idleness," the Revised Version (British and American) has "prosperous ease." In the New Testament "idle" generally renders the Greek word argos, literally, "inactive," "useless" (Matthew 20:3, 6). In Luke 24:11 "idle talk" corresponds to one Greek word which means "empty gossip" or "nonsensical talk."

T. Lewis

Strong's Hebrew
6104. atsluth -- sluggishness
... atsluth. 6105 . sluggishness. Transliteration: atsluth Phonetic Spelling:
(ats-looth') Short Definition: idleness. ... idleness. Rom atsal; indolence -- idleness. ...
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8252. shaqat -- to be quiet or undisturbed
... appease, idleness, at, be at, be in, give quietness, be at, be in,. A primitive
root; to repose (usually figurative) -- appease, idleness ...
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8220. shiphluth -- a sinking
... Word Origin from shaphel Definition a sinking NASB Word Usage slackness* (1). idleness.
From shaphel; remissness -- idleness. see HEBREW shaphel. 8219, 8220. ...
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2264. chibbuq -- a clasping, folding (of the hands)
... fold. From chabaq; a clasping of the hands (in idleness) -- fold. see HEBREW
chabaq. 2263, 2264. chibbuq. 2265 . Strong's Numbers.
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Library

Song 20. Against Idleness and Mischief.
... Divine Songs Song 20. Against idleness and mischief. Against idleness and mischief.
8,6,8,6. How doth the little busy bee. Improve each shining hour,. ...
/.../watts/divine and moral songs/song 20 against idleness and.htm

Song 20. Against Idleness and Mischief.
... Song 20. Against Idleness and Mischief. 1 How doth the little busy bee Improve each
shining hour, And gather honey all the day From every opening flower! ...
/.../watts/divine songs for children/song 20 against idleness and.htm

That Idleness is the Reason Why There are not Monasteries for ...
... Prolegomena. Chapter XXIII. That idleness is the reason why there are not
monasteries for monks in the West. Hence it is that in ...
/.../cassian/the works of john cassian /chapter xxiii that idleness is.htm

Perniciousness of Idleness; Warning against the Empty Longing to ...
... Chapter XI."Perniciousness of Idleness; Warning Against the Empty Longing to
Be Teachers; Advice About Teaching and the Use of Divine Gifts. ...
/.../chapter xi perniciousness of idleness warning.htm

That God's Lover Forsakes the World, Idleness and Irksomeness: and ...
... THE FIRE OF LOVE. BOOK I CHAPTER X THAT GOD'S LOVER FORSAKES THE WORLD, IDLENESS
AND IRKSOMENESS: AND OF HYPOCRITES AND COVETOUS MEN. ...
//christianbookshelf.org/rolle/the fire of love/chapter x that gods lover.htm

This State of Prayer not one of Idleness, but of Noble Action ...
... THIS STATE OF PRAYER NOT ONE OF IDLENESS, BUT OF NOBLE ACTION, WROUGHT BY THE SPIRIT
OF GOD, AND IN DEPENDENCE UPON HIM"THE COMMUNICATION OF HIS LIFE AND ...
/.../a short method of prayer and spiritual torrents/chapter xvi this state of.htm

Book Two He Concentrates Here on his Sixteenth Year, a Year of ...
... The Confessions of Saint Augustine BOOK TWO He concentrates here on his
sixteenth year, a year of idleness� He concentrates here ...
/.../augustine/confessions and enchiridion/book two he concentrates here.htm

Silence Should not Remain Unbroken, nor Should it Arise from ...
... Silence should not remain unbroken, nor should it arise from idleness.� Silence
should not remain unbroken, nor should it arise from idleness. ...
/.../ambrose/works and letters of st ambrose/chapter iii silence should not.htm

Of the Value of Work and the Harm of Idleness.
... The Conferences of John Cassian. Chapter XII. Of the value of work and
the harm of idleness. And so though we also might have the ...
/.../cassian/the conferences of john cassian/chapter xii of the value.htm

Different Passages from the Writings of Solomon against Accidie.
... And Solomon, the wisest of men, clearly points to this fault of idleness in many
passages, as he says: "He that followeth idleness shall be filled with poverty ...
/.../cassian/the works of john cassian /chapter xxi different passages from.htm

Thesaurus
Idleness (4 Occurrences)
... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. IDLE; IDLENESS. ... The "virtuous woman" was one
who would not eat the "bread of idleness" (Proverbs 31:27). ...
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Idle (33 Occurrences)
... 7. (vt) To spend in idleness; to waste; to consume; -- often followed by away; as,
to idle away an hour a day. Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. IDLE; IDLENESS. ...
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Loaf (14 Occurrences)
... 2. (vi) To spend time in idleness; to lounge or loiter about. 3. (vt) To
spend in idleness; -- with away; as, to loaf time away. Int. ...
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Industry (5 Occurrences)
... diligence in any employment or pursuit, either bodily or mental; steady attention
to business; assiduity; -- opposed to sloth and idleness; as, industry pays ...
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Sloth (3 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary 1. (n.) Slowness; tardiness. 2. (n.) Disinclination
to action or labor; sluggishness; laziness; idleness. ...
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Vacancy (3 Occurrences)
... 1. (n.) The quality or state of being vacant; emptiness; hence, freedom from
employment; intermission; leisure; idleness; listlessness. ...
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Leaks (3 Occurrences)
... Leaks (3 Occurrences). Ecclesiastes 10:18 By slothfulness the roof sinks in; and
through idleness of the hands the house leaks. (WEB NAS RSV NIV). ...
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Leaketh (1 Occurrence)
... Leaketh (1 Occurrence). Ecclesiastes 10:18 By slothfulness the roof sinketh in;
and through idleness of the hands the house leaketh. (ASV JPS). ...
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Idlers (2 Occurrences)

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Concordance
Idleness (4 Occurrences)

2 Thessalonians 3:6
Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw yourselves from every brother who walks in rebellion, and not after the tradition which they received from us.
(See RSV)

2 Thessalonians 3:11
For we hear that there are some of you who live disorderly lives and are mere idle busybodies.
(See RSV)

Proverbs 31:27
She looks well to the ways of her household, and doesn't eat the bread of idleness.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Ecclesiastes 10:18
By slothfulness the roof sinks in; and through idleness of the hands the house leaks.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT)

Subtopics

Idleness

Idleness and Sloth: Accompanied by Conceit

Idleness and Sloth: Akin to Extravagance

Idleness and Sloth: Athenians

Idleness and Sloth: Effects of, Afford Instruction to Others

Idleness and Sloth: False Excuses For

Idleness and Sloth: Forbidden

Idleness and Sloth: Illustrated

Idleness and Sloth: Lead to Bondage

Idleness and Sloth: Lead to Disappointment

Idleness and Sloth: Lead to Hunger

Idleness and Sloth: Lead to Poverty

Idleness and Sloth: Lead to Ruin

Idleness and Sloth: Lead to Tattling and Meddling

Idleness and Sloth: Lead to Want

Idleness and Sloth: Produce Apathy

Idleness and Sloth: Remonstrance Against

Idleness and Sloth: Thessalonians

Idleness and Sloth: Watchmen

Idleness: General Scriptures Concerning

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Leaketh (1 Occurrence)

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Drop (32 Occurrences)

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Roof (55 Occurrences)

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