61 Bible Verses about Hard Work

Colossians 3:23 ESV / 886 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 13:4 ESV / 569 helpful votes

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

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 399 helpful votes

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 ESV / 393 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 / 352 helpful votes

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

Philippians 2:14-15 ESV / 267 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 / 193 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 / 173 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 / 171 helpful votes

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

Colossians 3:24 ESV / 156 helpful votes

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

Colossians 3:17 ESV / 140 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.

Ephesians 6:7 ESV / 130 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 9:10 ESV / 127 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.

Proverbs 6:6-8 ESV / 126 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.

Luke 1:37 ESV / 121 helpful votes

For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 111 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.

1 Timothy 5:8 ESV / 104 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 6:10-12 ESV / 90 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,

Titus 2:7-8 ESV / 82 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 / 82 helpful votes

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

Genesis 2:15 ESV / 70 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 16:3 ESV / 68 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 12:11 ESV / 65 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 4:28 ESV / 49 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 / 46 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 41:13 ESV / 46 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.”

James 2:17 ESV / 40 helpful votes

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

John 5:17 ESV / 39 helpful votes

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

Acts 20:35 ESV / 36 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.’”

Jeremiah 31:16-17 ESV / 36 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.

Galatians 6:9 ESV / 35 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 5:15-16 ESV / 34 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.

Psalm 138:8 ESV / 32 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.

Romans 12:11 ESV / 26 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 4:7 ESV / 25 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 2:24 ESV / 22 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,

Philippians 1:13-14 ESV / 21 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 16:26 ESV / 21 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 8:1-13 ESV / 16 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”—

Isaiah 54:17 ESV / 15 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.”

Psalm 127:1 ESV / 15 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.

Proverbs 18:9 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

Psalm 128:2 ESV / 13 helpful votes

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

Job 1:10 ESV / 13 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.

Exodus 18:18-23 ESV / 12 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.

Hebrews 1:1-14 ESV / 11 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”?

Ephesians 2:10 ESV / 10 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 / 10 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.

Matthew 4:16-18 ESV / 10 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.

Isaiah 40:31 ESV / 10 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.

Proverbs 16:11 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

Nehemiah 4:6 ESV / 10 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.

Genesis 2:5 ESV / 10 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,

Genesis 1:1-10 ESV / 9 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.

Matthew 25:16-30 ESV / 8 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 / 8 helpful votes

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

Hebrews 3:13-14 ESV / 7 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.

Jeremiah 29:5 ESV / 7 helpful votes

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

Psalm 90:17 ESV / 6 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!

Psalm 37:5 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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

Psalm 91:1-16 ESV / 2 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,

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