idle hands are the devil's workshop

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This proverb originates from the Bible, the book of Proverbs chapter 16 verse 27 (Proverbs 16:27) which was probably the inspiration of St. Jerome's saying: fac et aliquid operis, ut semper te diabolus inveniat occupatum.

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Idle hands are the devil's workshop.

  1. One who is idle will likely come to do evil.

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