100 Bible Verses about Hard Work

Colossians 3:23 ESV / 1,982 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 13:4 ESV / 1,262 helpful votes

The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.

Proverbs 14:23 ESV / 974 helpful votes

In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.

2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 ESV / 962 helpful votes

For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. 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.

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 960 helpful votes

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Proverbs 16:3 ESV / 712 helpful votes

Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.

Philippians 2:14-15 ESV / 653 helpful votes

Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,

1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV / 524 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 12:24 ESV / 520 helpful votes

The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor.

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 ESV / 494 helpful votes

And to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.

Luke 1:37 ESV / 447 helpful votes

For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Colossians 3:17 ESV / 392 helpful votes

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

1 Timothy 5:8 ESV / 386 helpful votes

But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 ESV / 386 helpful votes

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.

Colossians 3:24 ESV / 346 helpful votes

Knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

Galatians 6:9 ESV / 336 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 2:6 ESV / 296 helpful votes

It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops.

Titus 2:7-8 ESV / 294 helpful votes

Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.

Proverbs 6:6-8 ESV / 288 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.

Ephesians 6:7 ESV / 286 helpful votes

Rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man,

Proverbs 12:11 ESV / 278 helpful votes

Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.

Genesis 2:15 ESV / 267 helpful votes

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 255 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.

Acts 20:35 ESV / 249 helpful votes

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

Psalm 128:2 ESV / 245 helpful votes

You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.

Proverbs 6:10-12 ESV / 227 helpful votes

A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man. A worthless person, a wicked man, goes about with crooked speech,

Isaiah 41:13 ESV / 208 helpful votes

For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”

Ephesians 4:28 ESV / 205 helpful votes

Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.

John 5:17 ESV / 171 helpful votes

But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”

Proverbs 18:9 ESV / 165 helpful votes

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

Psalm 90:17 ESV / 164 helpful votes

Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!

Proverbs 22:29 ESV / 152 helpful votes

Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.

Matthew 5:16 ESV / 147 helpful votes

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Ephesians 5:15-17 ESV / 138 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.

Psalm 37:5 ESV / 132 helpful votes

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

James 2:17 ESV / 124 helpful votes

So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

Ecclesiastes 2:24 ESV / 115 helpful votes

There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God,

2 Timothy 4:7 ESV / 112 helpful votes

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Psalm 138:8 ESV / 103 helpful votes

The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.

John 3:34 ESV / 97 helpful votes

For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure.

Colossians 3:23-24 ESV / 96 helpful votes

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

Romans 12:11 ESV / 95 helpful votes

Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.

Jeremiah 31:16-17 ESV / 94 helpful votes

Thus says the Lord: “Keep your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears, for there is a reward for your work, declares the Lord, and they shall come back from the land of the enemy. There is hope for your future, declares the Lord, and your children shall come back to their own country.

2 Thessalonians 3:10 ESV / 89 helpful votes

For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.

Psalm 127:1 ESV / 83 helpful votes

A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon. Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.

Ephesians 5:15-16 ESV / 82 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.

Jeremiah 29:5 ESV / 80 helpful votes

Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce.

Proverbs 16:26 ESV / 75 helpful votes

A worker's appetite works for him; his mouth urges him on.

Isaiah 40:31 ESV / 74 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.

1 Corinthians 4:12 ESV / 71 helpful votes

And we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure;

Proverbs 10:4 ESV / 68 helpful votes

A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV / 67 helpful votes

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

Exodus 18:18-23 ESV / 67 helpful votes

You and the people with you will certainly wear yourselves out, for the thing is too heavy for you. You are not able to do it alone. Now obey my voice; I will give you advice, and God be with you! You shall represent the people before God and bring their cases to God, and you shall warn them about the statutes and the laws, and make them know the way in which they must walk and what they must do. Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens. And let them judge the people at all times. Every great matter they shall bring to you, but any small matter they shall decide themselves. So it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burden with you. ...

Job 1:10 ESV / 66 helpful votes

Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.

Luke 12:48 ESV / 65 helpful votes

But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.

Proverbs 16:11 ESV / 64 helpful votes

A just balance and scales are the Lord's; all the weights in the bag are his work.

Nehemiah 4:6 ESV / 64 helpful votes

So we built the wall. And all the wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.

Proverbs 21:5 ESV / 62 helpful votes

The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.

Isaiah 54:17 ESV / 60 helpful votes

No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall confute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me, declares the Lord.”

Ephesians 2:10 ESV / 59 helpful votes

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Genesis 3:17-19 ESV / 58 helpful votes

And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Acts 20:33-35 ESV / 57 helpful votes

I coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel. You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me. In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

Genesis 1:31 ESV / 57 helpful votes

And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

Proverbs 24:30-34 ESV / 55 helpful votes

I passed by the field of a sluggard, by the vineyard of a man lacking sense, and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns; the ground was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down. Then I saw and considered it; I looked and received instruction. A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.

Deuteronomy 15:10 ESV / 55 helpful votes

You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake.

Proverbs 13:11 ESV / 52 helpful votes

Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.

Romans 12:11-12 ESV / 50 helpful votes

Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

Matthew 25:16-30 ESV / 50 helpful votes

He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money. Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ ...

Proverbs 4:16 ESV / 49 helpful votes

For they cannot sleep unless they have done wrong; they are robbed of sleep unless they have made someone stumble.

2 Chronicles 15:7 ESV / 48 helpful votes

But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.”

Luke 16:10 ESV / 47 helpful votes

“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.

Ephesians 6:5-9 ESV / 45 helpful votes

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free. Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him.

Romans 16:12 ESV / 44 helpful votes

Greet those workers in the Lord, Tryphaena and Tryphosa. Greet the beloved Persis, who has worked hard in the Lord.

Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV / 44 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.

Philippians 1:13-14 ESV / 43 helpful votes

So that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

Proverbs 17:27 ESV / 43 helpful votes

Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.

2 Timothy 2:15 ESV / 42 helpful votes

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

John 4:34 ESV / 42 helpful votes

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.

Psalm 119:66 ESV / 42 helpful votes

Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in your commandments.

Psalm 37:4 ESV / 42 helpful votes

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

John 4:38 ESV / 41 helpful votes

I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”

Genesis 1:1-10 ESV / 41 helpful votes

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. ...

Hebrews 3:13-14 ESV / 40 helpful votes

But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end.

1 Corinthians 8:1-13 ESV / 40 helpful votes

Now concerning food offered to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up. If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. But if anyone loves God, he is known by God. Therefore, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “an idol has no real existence,” and that “there is no God but one.” For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”— ...

Proverbs 24:32-34 ESV / 35 helpful votes

Then I saw and considered it; I looked and received instruction. A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.

Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 ESV / 33 helpful votes

Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot. Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil—this is the gift of God. For he will not much remember the days of his life because God keeps him occupied with joy in his heart.

Proverbs 12:14 ESV / 33 helpful votes

From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied with good, and the work of a man's hand comes back to him.

Matthew 4:16-18 ESV / 30 helpful votes

The people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.” From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen.

Deuteronomy 28:8 ESV / 30 helpful votes

The Lord will command the blessing on you in your barns and in all that you undertake. And he will bless you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-22 ESV / 29 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; ...

Proverbs 23:4 ESV / 29 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 6:6-11 ESV / 29 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, ...

Deuteronomy 24:14 ESV / 29 helpful votes

“You shall not oppress a hired servant who is poor and needy, whether he is one of your brothers or one of the sojourners who are in your land within your towns.

Leviticus 23:22 ESV / 29 helpful votes

“And when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, nor shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God.”

Genesis 3:1-24 ESV / 29 helpful votes

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” ...

Hebrews 1:1-14 ESV / 28 helpful votes

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”? Or again, “I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son”? ...

Psalm 119:55 ESV / 28 helpful votes

I remember your name in the night, O Lord, and keep your law.

Genesis 2:5 ESV / 27 helpful votes

When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground,

1 Corinthians 3:8 ESV / 25 helpful votes

He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor.

1 Corinthians 9:27 ESV / 24 helpful votes

But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

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