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Bible Verses about Work

Diligence and Hard Work

  • Proverbs 12:24 – The hand of the diligent will rule, but the lazy will be put to forced labor.
  • Proverbs 13:4 – A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
  • Colossians 3:23 – Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.
  • Proverbs 14:23 – All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 – For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”
  • Proverbs 6:6-8 – Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!
  • Ecclesiastes 9:10 – Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.
  • Proverbs 10:4-5 – Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.
  • 1 Corinthians 15:58 – Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
  • Proverbs 22:29 – Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before obscure men.

Integrity and Honesty at Work

  • Proverbs 11:1 – The LORD detests dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favor with Him.
  • Ephesians 4:28 – Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.
  • Leviticus 19:35-36 – Do not use dishonest standards when measuring length, weight or quantity.
  • Proverbs 16:11 – Honest scales and balances belong to the LORD; all the weights in the bag are of his making.
  • Titus 2:7-8 – In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness
  • Proverbs 12:22 – The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.
  • Proverbs 21:6 – A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.
  • 2 Corinthians 8:21 – For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man.
  • Luke 16:10 – Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.
  • Proverbs 28:6 – Better the poor whose walk is blameless than the rich whose ways are perverse.

Rest and Sabbath

  • Exodus 20:8-10 – Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work.
  • Psalm 127:2 – In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat—for he grants sleep to those he loves.
  • Hebrews 4:9-10 – There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works.
  • Mark 2:27 – Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.
  • Exodus 33:14 – The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
  • Exodus 34:21 – Six days you shall labor, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the plowing season and harvest you must rest.
  • Leviticus 23:3 – There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a day of sabbath rest, a day of sacred assembly.
  • Psalm 23:2 – He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters.
  • Matthew 11:28-29 – Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
  • Psalm 4:8 – In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety.

Service and Helping Others

  • Galatians 5:13 – You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
  • Philippians 2:3-4 – Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.
  • 1 Peter 4:10 – Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
  • Matthew 20:26-28 – Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave.
  • Proverbs 3:27 – Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.
  • Hebrews 6:10 – God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.
  • Luke 3:10-11 – “What should we do then?” the crowd asked. John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.”
  • Proverbs 11:25 – A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
  • Matthew 25:35-36 – For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.
  • Acts 20:35 – In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

Wisdom and Guidance in Work

  • Proverbs 2:6 – For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
  • James 1:5 – If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
  • Proverbs 16:3 – Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.
  • Psalm 37:23-24 – The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.
  • Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
  • Ecclesiastes 2:24-26 – A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God.
  • Proverbs 4:25-27 – Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.
  • Proverbs 8:10-11 – Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.
  • Psalm 90:17 – May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us—yes, establish the work of our hands.
  • Proverbs 24:3-4 – By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.

Wealth, Prosperity, and Work

  • Proverbs 10:22 – The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, without painful toil for it.
  • Deuteronomy 8:18 – But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
  • Ecclesiastes 5:19 – Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God.
  • Proverbs 13:22 – A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.
  • Malachi 3:10 – Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.
  • Proverbs 14:24 – The wealth of the wise is their crown, but the folly of fools yields folly.
  • Ecclesiastes 3:13 – That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.
  • Proverbs 22:4 – Humility is the fear of the LORD; its wages are riches and honor and life.
  • Psalm 112:1-3 – Blessed are those who fear the LORD, who find great delight in his commands. Their children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in their houses, and their righteousness endures forever.
  • 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 – Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.

Perseverance and Endurance in Work

  • James 1:12 – Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
  • Galatians 6:9 – Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:13 – And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.
  • Hebrews 12:1 – Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
  • Colossians 1:11-12 – Being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.
  • 1 Corinthians 15:58 – Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
  • Romans 5:3-4 – Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
  • Philippians 3:14 – I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
  • 1 Timothy 4:10 – For this we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.
  • 2 Peter 1:5-6 – For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness.

Teamwork and Collaboration

  • Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 – Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.
  • 1 Corinthians 12:14-20 – For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.
  • Philippians 2:1-2 – Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.
  • Hebrews 10:24-25 – And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
  • Proverbs 27:17 – As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
  • 1 Peter 4:8-10 – Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
  • Romans 12:4-5 – For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
  • 1 Corinthians 3:6-9 – I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.
  • Acts 2:44-47 – All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts.
  • Ephesians 4:16 – From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

Stewardship and Responsibility

  • Matthew 25:21 – “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!'”
  • Luke 16:10-12 – “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.”
  • 1 Corinthians 4:2 – “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.”
  • Titus 1:7 – “For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain.”
  • 1 Peter 4:10 – “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in various forms.”
  • Genesis 2:15 – “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”
  • Colossians 3:23-24 – “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
  • Luke 12:42-44 – “The Lord answered, ‘Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time?'”
  • Proverbs 27:23-24 – “Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds; for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations.”
  • Matthew 24:45-47 – “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time?”

Faith and Work

  • James 2:17 – “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”
  • Ephesians 2:10 – “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
  • Colossians 3:17 – “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
  • Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
  • 2 Corinthians 9:8 – “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”
  • Hebrews 11:6 – “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:8 – “Nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you.”
  • 1 Timothy 5:8 – “Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”
  • Galatians 6:4-5 – “Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else.”
  • Matthew 5:16 – “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Leadership and Guidance

  • Proverbs 11:14 – “For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.”
  • Proverbs 15:22 – “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.”
  • Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
  • Joshua 1:9 – “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
  • 1 Timothy 3:1-2 – “Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach.”
  • Philippians 2:3-4 – “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
  • Titus 1:7-9 – “Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain.”
  • 1 Peter 5:2-3 – “Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve.”
  • Hebrews 13:17 – “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.”
  • Acts 20:28 – “Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.”

Contentment in Work

  • Philippians 4:11-12 – “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.”
  • 1 Timothy 6:6-8 – “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.”
  • Ecclesiastes 5:10 – “Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.”
  • Luke 3:14 – “Then some soldiers asked him, ‘And what should we do?’ He replied, ‘Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely—be content with your pay.'”
  • Hebrews 13:5 – “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.'”
  • Proverbs 30:8-9 – “Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.”
  • 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 – “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
  • Ecclesiastes 4:6 – “Better one handful with tranquillity than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind.”
  • Proverbs 15:16 – “Better a little with the fear of the LORD than great wealth with turmoil.”
  • Proverbs 16:8 – “Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice.”

Justice and Fairness in Work

  • Leviticus 19:13 – “Do not defraud or rob your neighbor. Do not hold back the wages of a hired worker overnight.”
  • Deuteronomy 24:14-15 – “Do not take advantage of a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether that worker is a fellow Israelite or a foreigner residing in one of your towns. Pay them their wages each day before sunset, because they are poor and are counting on it. Otherwise, they may cry to the LORD against you, and you will be guilty of sin.”
  • Proverbs 29:7 – “The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.”
  • Jeremiah 22:13 – “Woe to him who builds his palace by unrighteousness, his upper rooms by injustice, making his own people work for nothing, not paying them for their labor.”
  • Amos 5:11-12 – “Therefore because you trample on the poor and you exact taxes of grain from him, you have built houses of hewn stone, but you shall not dwell in them; you have planted pleasant vineyards, but you shall not drink their wine.”
  • Colossians 4:1 – “Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven.”
  • James 5:4 – “Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty.”
  • Proverbs 22:22-23 – “Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court, for the LORD will take up their case and will exact life for life.”
  • Micah 6:8 – “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
  • Isaiah 58:3-7 – “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?”

Innovation and Creativity in Work

  • Exodus 35:31-32 – “and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze,”
  • Proverbs 8:12 – “I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion.”
  • Exodus 31:3-5 – “and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and all kinds of skills— to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze,”
  • Proverbs 22:29 – “Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men.”
  • Ecclesiastes 2:4-5 – “I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards. I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them.”
  • 2 Chronicles 26:15 – “In Jerusalem he made devices invented for use on the towers and on the corner defenses so that soldiers could shoot arrows and hurl large stones from the walls. His fame spread far and wide, for he was greatly helped until he became powerful.”
  • Proverbs 24:3-4 – “By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.”
  • Exodus 36:1-2 – “So Bezalel, Oholiab and every skilled person to whom the LORD has given skill and ability to know how to carry out all the work of constructing the sanctuary are to do the work just as the LORD has commanded.”
  • 1 Kings 7:14 – “He was a widow’s son from the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in bronze; and he was filled with wisdom, understanding, and skill for doing any work in bronze. He came to King Solomon and did all his work.”
  • Ecclesiastes 9:10 – “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.”

Humility in Work

  • Proverbs 15:33 – “Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the LORD, and humility comes before honor.”
  • Micah 6:8 – “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
  • Colossians 3:12 – “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”
  • James 4:10 – “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”
  • 1 Peter 5:5 – “In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.'”
  • Proverbs 22:4 – “Humility is the fear of the LORD; its wages are riches and honor and life.”
  • Philippians 2:3 – “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,”
  • Ephesians 4:2 – “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”
  • Proverbs 11:2 – “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”
  • Proverbs 18:12 – “Before a downfall the heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.”

Balance in Work and Life

  • Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 – “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,…”
  • Psalm 127:2 – “In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat— for he grants sleep to those he loves.”
  • Ecclesiastes 4:6 – “Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind.”
  • Luke 10:41-42 – “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
  • Psalm 23:1-3 – “The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.”
  • Ecclesiastes 2:24-25 – “A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?”
  • Philippians 4:5 – “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.”
  • Mark 6:31 – “Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.'”
  • Proverbs 16:8 – “Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice.”
  • Proverbs 17:1 – “Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.”