15 Laziness brings on deep sleep,
and the shiftless go hungry.
16 Whoever keeps commandments keeps their life,
but whoever shows contempt for their ways will die.
Sloth begins with laziness, but it ends with hunger. We can all be lazy from time to time, but be careful not to let it become a habit. Just as the body atrophies without exercise, slothful habits eat away at one’s ability to be productive. All vices are slippery slopes, what begins with choice turns into habit, as momentum continues downhill. The habitually lazy don’t choose poverty, but that is where the path of sloth takes them regardless of intentions. Do you find yourself thinking “a little sleep, a little slumber, a little rest” before I begin? You must overcome your laziness, or it will overcome you.
“Whoever keeps commandments keeps their life, but whoever shows contempt for their ways will die.” Commandments are like a map, they reveal the paths of life and keep us from wandering into trouble. The popular advice to “find your own way” is like taking a road trip without a map, who knows where you will end up? Many who have contempt for commandments fail to consider the alternatives, they abandon the path that looks difficult only to wander into dead end after dead end. Often what begins with pride continues with stubbornness, a man who realizes he is lost may rather keep going than ask for directions.