100 Bible Verses about Hard Work

Colossians 3:23 ESV / 1,581 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 13:4 ESV / 989 helpful votes

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

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 732 helpful votes

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 ESV / 728 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.

Proverbs 14:23 ESV / 629 helpful votes

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

Philippians 2:14-15 ESV / 525 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,

Proverbs 16:3 ESV / 456 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV / 374 helpful votes

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

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 ESV / 356 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.

Proverbs 12:24 ESV / 338 helpful votes

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

Luke 1:37 ESV / 320 helpful votes

For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Colossians 3:17 ESV / 282 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.

Colossians 3:24 ESV / 252 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 9:10 ESV / 225 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.

Ephesians 6:7 ESV / 223 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 5:8 ESV / 219 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.

Proverbs 6:6-8 ESV / 204 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.

Titus 2:7-8 ESV / 198 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.

2 Timothy 2:6 ESV / 197 helpful votes

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

Galatians 6:9 ESV / 191 helpful votes

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

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 185 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 6:10-12 ESV / 167 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 / 156 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.”

Psalm 128:2 ESV / 140 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 12:11 ESV / 139 helpful votes

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

Genesis 2:15 ESV / 122 helpful votes

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

Acts 20:35 ESV / 114 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.’”

Ephesians 4:28 ESV / 111 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.

Ephesians 5:15-17 ESV / 103 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.

James 2:17 ESV / 97 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 18:9 ESV / 84 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 4:7 ESV / 82 helpful votes

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

John 5:17 ESV / 82 helpful votes

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

Psalm 37:5 ESV / 81 helpful votes

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

Psalm 138:8 ESV / 80 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.

Proverbs 22:29 ESV / 78 helpful votes

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

John 3:34 ESV / 75 helpful votes

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

Jeremiah 31:16-17 ESV / 70 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.

Ecclesiastes 2:24 ESV / 68 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,

Romans 12:11 ESV / 62 helpful votes

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

Psalm 90:17 ESV / 62 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!

Matthew 5:16 ESV / 55 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 5:15-16 ESV / 53 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 / 50 helpful votes

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

Exodus 18:18-23 ESV / 49 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. ...

Isaiah 40:31 ESV / 47 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.

Psalm 127:1 ESV / 46 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.

Job 1:10 ESV / 42 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.

Isaiah 54:17 ESV / 39 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.”

Proverbs 16:26 ESV / 37 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 2:10 ESV / 35 helpful votes

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

Luke 12:48 ESV / 33 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 4:16 ESV / 31 helpful votes

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

Acts 20:33-35 ESV / 30 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.’”

Matthew 25:16-30 ESV / 28 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.’ ...

Nehemiah 4:6 ESV / 28 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.

Philippians 1:13-14 ESV / 27 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 16:11 ESV / 27 helpful votes

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

Hebrews 3:13-14 ESV / 26 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.

Ephesians 6:5-9 ESV / 26 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.

Psalm 119:66 ESV / 25 helpful votes

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

Genesis 1:1-10 ESV / 25 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. ...

Proverbs 17:27 ESV / 24 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 8:1-13 ESV / 23 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 / 23 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.

Matthew 4:16-18 ESV / 22 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.

Hebrews 1:1-14 ESV / 21 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”? ...

John 3:32 ESV / 21 helpful votes

He bears witness to what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony.

Genesis 2:5 ESV / 21 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,

Deuteronomy 28:8 ESV / 20 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.

Psalm 119:55 ESV / 19 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 3:1-22 ESV / 16 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; ...

1 Corinthians 9:27 ESV / 15 helpful votes

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

Isaiah 32:18 ESV / 14 helpful votes

My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.

Proverbs 23:4 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 3:8 ESV / 13 helpful votes

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

Psalm 91:1-16 ESV / 13 helpful votes

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, ...

Psalm 37:4 ESV / 12 helpful votes

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

Matthew 5:5 ESV / 11 helpful votes

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Isaiah 3:10 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Tell the righteous that it shall be well with them, for they shall eat the fruit of their deeds.

Proverbs 6:4 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Give your eyes no sleep and your eyelids no slumber;

1 Chronicles 4:38-41 ESV / 11 helpful votes

These mentioned by name were princes in their clans, and their fathers' houses increased greatly. They journeyed to the entrance of Gedor, to the east side of the valley, to seek pasture for their flocks, where they found rich, good pasture, and the land was very broad, quiet, and peaceful, for the former inhabitants there belonged to Ham. These, registered by name, came in the days of Hezekiah, king of Judah, and destroyed their tents and the Meunites who were found there, and marked them for destruction to this day, and settled in their place, because there was pasture there for their flocks.

Mark 10:45 ESV / 10 helpful votes

For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Proverbs 30:8-9 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God.

Proverbs 12:14 ESV / 10 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.

Proverbs 6:6-9 ESV / 10 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?

1 Kings 6:1-38 ESV / 10 helpful votes

In the four hundred and eightieth year after the people of Israel came out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, which is the second month, he began to build the house of the Lord. The house that King Solomon built for the Lord was sixty cubits long, twenty cubits wide, and thirty cubits high. The vestibule in front of the nave of the house was twenty cubits long, equal to the width of the house, and ten cubits deep in front of the house. And he made for the house windows with recessed frames. He also built a structure against the wall of the house, running around the walls of the house, both the nave and the inner sanctuary. And he made side chambers all around. ...

Deuteronomy 15:10 ESV / 10 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.

2 Chronicles 26:10 ESV / 9 helpful votes

And he built towers in the wilderness and cut out many cisterns, for he had large herds, both in the Shephelah and in the plain, and he had farmers and vinedressers in the hills and in the fertile lands, for he loved the soil.

2 Kings 22:1-20 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Jedidah the daughter of Adaiah of Bozkath. And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and walked in all the way of David his father, and he did not turn aside to the right or to the left. In the eighteenth year of King Josiah, the king sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, son of Meshullam, the secretary, to the house of the Lord, saying, “Go up to Hilkiah the high priest, that he may count the money that has been brought into the house of the Lord, which the keepers of the threshold have collected from the people. And let it be given into the hand of the workmen who have the oversight of the house of the Lord, and let them give it to the workmen who are at the house of the Lord, repairing the house ...

Ezra 1:1-Nehemiah 13:31 ESV / 8 helpful votes

In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and also put it in writing: “Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever is among you of all his people, may his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and rebuild the house of the Lord, the God of Israel—he is the God who is in Jerusalem. And let each survivor, in whatever place he sojourns, be assisted by the men of his place with silver and gold, with goods and with beasts, besides freewill offerings for the house of God that is in Jerusalem.” Then rose up the heads of the fathers' houses of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and the Levites, everyone whose spirit God had stirred to go up to rebuild the house of the Lord that is in Jerusalem. ...

Genesis 25:29-34 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Once when Jacob was cooking stew, Esau came in from the field, and he was exhausted. And Esau said to Jacob, “Let me eat some of that red stew, for I am exhausted!” (Therefore his name was called Edom.) Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright now.” Esau said, “I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me?” Jacob said, “Swear to me now.” So he swore to him and sold his birthright to Jacob. ...

John 16:22 ESV / 7 helpful votes

So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.

Jeremiah 29:1-32 ESV / 7 helpful votes

These are the words of the letter that Jeremiah the prophet sent from Jerusalem to the surviving elders of the exiles, and to the priests, the prophets, and all the people, whom Nebuchadnezzar had taken into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon. This was after King Jeconiah and the queen mother, the eunuchs, the officials of Judah and Jerusalem, the craftsmen, and the metal workers had departed from Jerusalem. The letter was sent by the hand of Elasah the son of Shaphan and Gemariah the son of Hilkiah, whom Zedekiah king of Judah sent to Babylon to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. It said: “Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. ...

Psalm 3:7 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Arise, O Lord! Save me, O my God! For you strike all my enemies on the cheek; you break the teeth of the wicked.

Nehemiah 7:4 ESV / 7 helpful votes

The city was wide and large, but the people within it were few, and no houses had been rebuilt.

1 Kings 21:1-29 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Now Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard in Jezreel, beside the palace of Ahab king of Samaria. And after this Ahab said to Naboth, “Give me your vineyard, that I may have it for a vegetable garden, because it is near my house, and I will give you a better vineyard for it; or, if it seems good to you, I will give you its value in money.” But Naboth said to Ahab, “The Lord forbid that I should give you the inheritance of my fathers.” And Ahab went into his house vexed and sullen because of what Naboth the Jezreelite had said to him, for he had said, “I will not give you the inheritance of my fathers.” And he lay down on his bed and turned away his face and would eat no food. But Jezebel his wife came to him and said to him, “Why is your spirit so vexed that you eat no food?” ...

Deuteronomy 8:1-11:32 ESV / 7 helpful votes

“The whole commandment that I command you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land that the Lord swore to give to your fathers. And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not. And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. Your clothing did not wear out on you and your foot did not swell these forty years. Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the Lord your God disciplines you. ...

Psalm 128:1-6 ESV / 6 helpful votes

A Song of Ascents. Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways! You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the Lord. The Lord bless you from Zion! May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life! ...

2 Chronicles 15:7 ESV / 5 helpful votes

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

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