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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 5387 leisure, and pastimes
5387 leisure, and pastimes

5387 leisure, and pastimes

Scripture gives examples of many different kinds of leisure activity.

Necessary leisure activities

Sleeping

Ps 127:2; Ecc 5:12 See also Ps 4:8; Mk 4:38; Ac 12:6

Eating and drinking Ge 24:54; Ecc 3:13

Pleasurable pastimes

Hospitality Ge 18:3-5; 1Pe 4:9

Feasting 1Ki 3:15; Ne 8:10; Est 8:17; Job 1:4

Music 1Sa 16:23 See also 1Sa 16:16-18; 2Ki 3:14-15

Dancing Ecc 3:4 Dancing for joy: Ex 15:20; Jdg 11:34; 1Sa 18:6; Job 21:11; Jer 31:4 Dancing on festive occasions: Jdg 21:19-21
Mk 6:22 dancing in revelry Dancing in worship: 2Sa 6:14-16,21; Ps 149:3; Ps 150:4

Physical recreation 1Ti 4:8 See also 1Co 9:24-27 Although Paul never mentions Christians taking part in the games (which were often associated with pagan festivals), he does show an appreciation of the discipline necessary; 2Ti 2:5

Gardening Ecc 2:5-6 See also Ge 2:15

Enjoyment of nature Ps 8:3; Ps 104:10-14

Sightseeing Mk 13:1; Ac 17:16

Education and literature Ecc 1:13 See also 1Ki 4:32-34; Est 6:1; Pr 1:5; Ecc 12:12; Ac 17:21; 2Ti 4:13

Children’s games Zec 8:5 See also Mt 11:16-17 pp Lk 7:32

Harmful pastimes

Licentious amusements 1Pe 4:3 See also Ge 9:20-21; Ex 32:19; Pr 23:29-30; Ro 13:13; Eph 5:4,12

Cruel amusements Jdg 16:25; 2Sa 2:14

See also

4434drinking
4438eating
5287dance
5312feasting
5420music
5664children
6237sexual sin
7921fellowship
8110athletics
8445hospitality
8602prayer
8622worship

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