100 Bible Verses about Men Working

1 Timothy 5:8 ESV / 1,029 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.

Genesis 2:15 ESV / 833 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 4:28 ESV / 692 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.

Colossians 3:23 ESV / 690 helpful votes

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

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 ESV / 680 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.

2 Thessalonians 3:10 ESV / 590 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.

Proverbs 22:29 ESV / 576 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 12:24 ESV / 555 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 18:9 ESV / 551 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 3:2 ESV / 511 helpful votes

Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 507 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,

Proverbs 10:4 ESV / 495 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 16:3 ESV / 492 helpful votes

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

Psalm 90:17 ESV / 485 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!

Luke 1:37 ESV / 484 helpful votes

For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Proverbs 13:4 ESV / 481 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV / 458 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.

Proverbs 14:23 ESV / 452 helpful votes

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

Colossians 3:23-24 ESV / 451 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.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 450 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.

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 436 helpful votes

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV / 418 helpful votes

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

Proverbs 12:11 ESV / 416 helpful votes

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

Genesis 2:3 ESV / 402 helpful votes

So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.

Colossians 3:24 ESV / 401 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 / 398 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.

John 6:27 ESV / 393 helpful votes

Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.”

Galatians 6:4-5 ESV / 376 helpful votes

But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load.

Proverbs 13:11 ESV / 376 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 4:9 ESV / 373 helpful votes

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 371 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.

Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 ESV / 371 helpful votes

I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God's gift to man.

2 Timothy 2:15 ESV / 369 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.

2 Thessalonians 3:12 ESV / 369 helpful votes

Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.

1 Corinthians 16:14 ESV / 361 helpful votes

Let all that you do be done in love.

2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 ESV / 341 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 10:4-5 ESV / 340 helpful votes

A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.

Proverbs 12:27 ESV / 335 helpful votes

Whoever is slothful will not roast his game, but the diligent man will get precious wealth.

Proverbs 30:5-6 ESV / 334 helpful votes

Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.

2 Kings 2:23-24 ESV / 334 helpful votes

He went up from there to Bethel, and while he was going up on the way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him, saying, “Go up, you baldhead! Go up, you baldhead!” And he turned around, and when he saw them, he cursed them in the name of the Lord. And two she-bears came out of the woods and tore forty-two of the boys.

2 Peter 1:21 ESV / 332 helpful votes

For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

Proverbs 20:4 ESV / 331 helpful votes

The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing.

2 Thessalonians 3:7-9 ESV / 330 helpful votes

For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone's bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you. It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate.

1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV / 330 helpful votes

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

1 John 5:19 ESV / 327 helpful votes

We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.

Matthew 5:18 ESV / 324 helpful votes

For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.

Acts 18:3 ESV / 322 helpful votes

And because he was of the same trade he stayed with them and worked, for they were tentmakers by trade.

Romans 12:19 ESV / 321 helpful votes

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”

1 Timothy 5:1-25 ESV / 316 helpful votes

Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity. Honor widows who are truly widows. But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show godliness to their own household and to make some return to their parents, for this is pleasing in the sight of God. She who is truly a widow, left all alone, has set her hope on God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day, ...

Proverbs 20:13 ESV / 316 helpful votes

Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 ESV / 311 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.

John 5:17 ESV / 307 helpful votes

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

1 Thessalonians 4:11 ESV / 305 helpful votes

And to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you,

Genesis 1:1 ESV / 302 helpful votes

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Matthew 5:16 ESV / 299 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.

Exodus 20:8-11 ESV / 297 helpful votes

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

Colossians 3:22-24 ESV / 293 helpful votes

Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. 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.

Acts 20:35 ESV / 291 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.’”

Luke 4:4 ESV / 290 helpful votes

And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.’”

Proverbs 24:30-34 ESV / 288 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.

Genesis 3:17-19 ESV / 285 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.”

Ephesians 6:7 ESV / 281 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 2:24 ESV / 281 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,

Ephesians 2:10 ESV / 276 helpful votes

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

Deuteronomy 24:14 ESV / 272 helpful votes

“You shall not oppress a hired worker 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.

1 Corinthians 15:2 ESV / 264 helpful votes

And by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

1 Corinthians 15:10 ESV / 262 helpful votes

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.

Ecclesiastes 5:18 ESV / 259 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.

1 Corinthians 4:12 ESV / 250 helpful votes

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

Joshua 1:9 ESV / 248 helpful votes

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Proverbs 21:5 ESV / 244 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV / 244 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.

Genesis 1:31 ESV / 244 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.

Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 ESV / 238 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.

Ecclesiastes 5:19 ESV / 237 helpful votes

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.

Ecclesiastes 3:22 ESV / 237 helpful votes

So I saw that there is nothing better than that a man should rejoice in his work, for that is his lot. Who can bring him to see what will be after him?

John 14:6 ESV / 234 helpful votes

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

1 Corinthians 3:16 ESV / 229 helpful votes

Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?

Colossians 3:23-25 ESV / 227 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. For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.

Hebrews 6:10 ESV / 226 helpful votes

For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.

2 Corinthians 9:8 ESV / 226 helpful votes

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

John 14:12 ESV / 226 helpful votes

“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.

2 John 1:8 ESV / 225 helpful votes

Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward.

1 Peter 3:13 ESV / 225 helpful votes

Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good?

Acts 20:24 ESV / 219 helpful votes

But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

Hebrews 4:9-10 ESV / 216 helpful votes

So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God's rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.

Matthew 6:26 ESV / 213 helpful votes

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?

Ecclesiastes 4:4 ESV / 213 helpful votes

Then I saw that all toil and all skill in work come from a man's envy of his neighbor. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.

Matthew 11:28 ESV / 212 helpful votes

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

Leviticus 23:22 ESV / 195 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.”

Micah 6:8 ESV / 181 helpful votes

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

2 Thessalonians 3:8 ESV / 179 helpful votes

Nor did we eat anyone's bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you.

Proverbs 13:22 ESV / 178 helpful votes

A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children, but the sinner's wealth is laid up for the righteous.

Proverbs 10:22 ESV / 178 helpful votes

The blessing of the Lord makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.

Genesis 2:7 ESV / 176 helpful votes

Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.

2 Timothy 2:6 ESV / 168 helpful votes

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

John 17:4 ESV / 165 helpful votes

I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do.

James 2:26 ESV / 158 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 10:5 ESV / 154 helpful votes

He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.

Psalm 128:2 ESV / 152 helpful votes

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

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