100 Bible Verses about Being Too Busy

Luke 10:38-42 ESV / 260 helpful votes

Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

Matthew 11:28 ESV / 183 helpful votes

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Romans 12:2 ESV / 149 helpful votes

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Matthew 11:28-30 ESV / 103 helpful votes

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Proverbs 23:4 ESV / 99 helpful votes

Do not toil to acquire wealth; be discerning enough to desist.

1 John 2:17 ESV / 97 helpful votes

And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

Psalm 37:5 ESV / 90 helpful votes

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-22 ESV / 82 helpful votes

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; ...

Psalm 46:10 ESV / 63 helpful votes

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

Philippians 3:13-14 ESV / 59 helpful votes

Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Matthew 6:33-34 ESV / 50 helpful votes

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

1 John 2:1-29 ESV / 32 helpful votes

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: ...

Luke 10:30-33 ESV / 28 helpful votes

Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion.

1 Peter 5:7 ESV / 26 helpful votes

Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Psalm 37:7 ESV / 25 helpful votes

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!

2 Timothy 2:4 ESV / 24 helpful votes

No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.

James 1:2 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,

Galatians 6:9 ESV / 23 helpful votes

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

Proverbs 3:5 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

Psalm 107:28-29 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed.

Proverbs 7:11-12 ESV / 21 helpful votes

She is loud and wayward; her feet do not stay at home; now in the street, now in the market, and at every corner she lies in wait.

Colossians 3:23 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,

John 14:27 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

Philippians 4:6 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Isaiah 41:10 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Philippians 4:6-7 ESV / 17 helpful votes

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Luke 1:37 ESV / 17 helpful votes

For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Matthew 6:33 ESV / 17 helpful votes

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

1 John 2:16 ESV / 16 helpful votes

For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 16 helpful votes

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Isaiah 40:31 ESV / 16 helpful votes

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Matthew 19:26 ESV / 15 helpful votes

But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Matthew 16:24-26 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?

Matthew 11:28-29 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Matthew 6:19-21 ESV / 15 helpful votes

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 15 helpful votes

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Psalm 4:8 ESV / 15 helpful votes

In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

1 Kings 20:39-40 ESV / 14 helpful votes

And as the king passed, he cried to the king and said, “Your servant went out into the midst of the battle, and behold, a soldier turned and brought a man to me and said, ‘Guard this man; if by any means he is missing, your life shall be for his life, or else you shall pay a talent of silver.’ And as your servant was busy here and there, he was gone.” The king of Israel said to him, “So shall your judgment be; you yourself have decided it.”

1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV / 13 helpful votes

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Luke 10:38 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house.

Ephesians 5:15-17 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Isaiah 55:6 ESV / 12 helpful votes

“Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near;

1 Timothy 5:13 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Besides that, they learn to be idlers, going about from house to house, and not only idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not.

Luke 12:27-28 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!

Jeremiah 31:25 ESV / 11 helpful votes

For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.”

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 10 helpful votes

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,

Romans 13:11 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.

Romans 8:6 ESV / 10 helpful votes

For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

Proverbs 31:1-31 ESV / 10 helpful votes

The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him: What are you doing, my son? What are you doing, son of my womb? What are you doing, son of my vows? Do not give your strength to women, your ways to those who destroy kings. It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to take strong drink, lest they drink and forget what has been decreed and pervert the rights of all the afflicted. ...

Psalm 143:8 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 9 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Luke 8:14 ESV / 9 helpful votes

And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 ESV / 9 helpful votes

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.

Matthew 28:19-20 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Matthew 6:25-34 ESV / 8 helpful votes

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. ...

Ecclesiastes 3:1 ESV / 8 helpful votes

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

Proverbs 6:6-11 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, ...

Revelation 1:1-20 ESV / 7 helpful votes

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood ...

James 1:2-4 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

2 Thessalonians 3:11-12 ESV / 7 helpful votes

For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.

Colossians 2:8 ESV / 7 helpful votes

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.

Acts 2:38 ESV / 7 helpful votes

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

John 8:32 ESV / 7 helpful votes

And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

John 3:16 ESV / 7 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

John 1:1 ESV / 7 helpful votes

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Luke 10:2 ESV / 7 helpful votes

And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.

Matthew 11:8 ESV / 7 helpful votes

What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in kings' houses.

Haggai 1:6 ESV / 7 helpful votes

You have sown much, and harvested little. You eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill. You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages does so to put them into a bag with holes.

Jeremiah 10:23 ESV / 7 helpful votes

I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.

Isaiah 60:22 ESV / 7 helpful votes

The least one shall become a clan, and the smallest one a mighty nation; I am the Lord; in its time I will hasten it.

Proverbs 12:25 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.

1 Kings 1:1-4 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Now King David was old and advanced in years. And although they covered him with clothes, he could not get warm. Therefore his servants said to him, “Let a young woman be sought for my lord the king, and let her wait on the king and be in his service. Let her lie in your arms, that my lord the king may be warm.” So they sought for a beautiful young woman throughout all the territory of Israel, and found Abishag the Shunammite, and brought her to the king. The young woman was very beautiful, and she was of service to the king and attended to him, but the king knew her not.

Revelation 3:20 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

1 John 2:8 ESV / 6 helpful votes

At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining.

James 1:8 ESV / 6 helpful votes

He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Galatians 6:7 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.

Zephaniah 3:17 ESV / 6 helpful votes

The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

Ecclesiastes 3:2 ESV / 6 helpful votes

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;

Proverbs 18:9 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys.

1 Kings 1:15 ESV / 6 helpful votes

So Bathsheba went to the king in his chamber (now the king was very old, and Abishag the Shunammite was attending to the king).

Revelation 11:1-19 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told, “Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there, but do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for forty-two months. And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.” These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. And if anyone would harm them, fire pours from their mouth and consumes their foes. If anyone would harm them, this is how he is doomed to be killed. ...

Revelation 1:2 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw.

1 John 4:8 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

1 John 2:21 ESV / 5 helpful votes

I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth.

1 John 2:2 ESV / 5 helpful votes

He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

1 Peter 5:13 ESV / 5 helpful votes

She who is at Babylon, who is likewise chosen, sends you greetings, and so does Mark, my son.

James 2:26 ESV / 5 helpful votes

For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

Hebrews 11:1 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV / 5 helpful votes

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

2 Timothy 3:2 ESV / 5 helpful votes

For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,

2 Timothy 1:7 ESV / 5 helpful votes

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Philippians 4:8 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Ephesians 3:20 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,

Galatians 5:22 ESV / 5 helpful votes

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Romans 8:18 ESV / 5 helpful votes

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

John 16:33 ESV / 5 helpful votes

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Luke 10:4 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Carry no moneybag, no knapsack, no sandals, and greet no one on the road.

Ecclesiastes 3:4 ESV / 5 helpful votes

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

Proverbs 22:2 ESV / 5 helpful votes

The rich and the poor meet together; the Lord is the Maker of them all.

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