100 Bible Verses about Planning Ahead In The Bible

Luke 14:28-33 ESV / 351 helpful votes

For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. ...

Proverbs 21:5 ESV / 249 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 / 185 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 4:6 ESV / 154 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.

Proverbs 14:8 ESV / 115 helpful votes

The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way, but the folly of fools is deceiving.

Proverbs 16:9 ESV / 114 helpful votes

The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.

Proverbs 24:27 ESV / 101 helpful votes

Prepare your work outside; get everything ready for yourself in the field, and after that build your house.

Genesis 41:34-36 ESV / 88 helpful votes

Let Pharaoh proceed to appoint overseers over the land and take one-fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt during the seven plentiful years. And let them gather all the food of these good years that are coming and store up grain under the authority of Pharaoh for food in the cities, and let them keep it. That food shall be a reserve for the land against the seven years of famine that are to occur in the land of Egypt, so that the land may not perish through the famine.”

1 Timothy 5:8 ESV / 70 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.

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 69 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 3:6 ESV / 68 helpful votes

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

James 4:17 ESV / 66 helpful votes

So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

Proverbs 3:5 ESV / 65 helpful votes

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

James 1:5 ESV / 64 helpful votes

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

Romans 8:28 ESV / 59 helpful votes

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

2 Corinthians 9:6 ESV / 51 helpful votes

The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

Proverbs 6:6-8 ESV / 50 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.

Proverbs 15:22 ESV / 48 helpful votes

Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.

Luke 14:28-30 ESV / 47 helpful votes

For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’

Proverbs 13:16 ESV / 44 helpful votes

In everything the prudent acts with knowledge, but a fool flaunts his folly.

Proverbs 27:23 ESV / 37 helpful votes

Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds,

Luke 18:27 ESV / 36 helpful votes

But he said, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.”

Psalm 119:105 ESV / 36 helpful votes

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

John 3:16 ESV / 32 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.

Galatians 6:7-9 ESV / 30 helpful votes

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

Romans 12:2 ESV / 30 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.

James 4:13-15 ESV / 28 helpful votes

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”

Hebrews 11:6 ESV / 28 helpful votes

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Proverbs 27:12 ESV / 26 helpful votes

The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.

Proverbs 14:29 ESV / 26 helpful votes

Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV / 25 helpful votes

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

John 16:13 ESV / 24 helpful votes

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.

Luke 14:28 ESV / 24 helpful votes

For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?

Proverbs 16:1 ESV / 24 helpful votes

The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.

1 Corinthians 3:6 ESV / 23 helpful votes

I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.

John 14:27 ESV / 23 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.

John 14:6 ESV / 22 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.

Proverbs 19:21 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.

James 4:13-16 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.

Isaiah 55:8 ESV / 21 helpful votes

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.

Proverbs 21:20 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man's dwelling, but a foolish man devours it.

Isaiah 55:9 ESV / 20 helpful votes

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Ecclesiastes 11:2 ESV / 20 helpful votes

Give a portion to seven, or even to eight, for you know not what disaster may happen on earth.

Proverbs 16:3 ESV / 19 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 11:14 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.

Luke 12:16-21 ESV / 18 helpful votes

And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ ...

Matthew 6:34 ESV / 18 helpful votes

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Matthew 6:25-34 ESV / 18 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 / 18 helpful votes

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

Galatians 6:7 ESV / 17 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 24:3-4 ESV / 17 helpful votes

By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.

Proverbs 23:4 ESV / 17 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 4:7 ESV / 17 helpful votes

The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight.

Psalm 90:12 ESV / 17 helpful votes

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.

Colossians 3:16 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

Philippians 4:19 ESV / 15 helpful votes

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

1 Corinthians 16:2 ESV / 15 helpful votes

On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come.

Luke 14:13-16 ESV / 15 helpful votes

But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” When one of those who reclined at table with him heard these things, he said to him, “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!” But he said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet and invited many.

Habakkuk 2:3 ESV / 15 helpful votes

For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.

Isaiah 28:29 ESV / 15 helpful votes

This also comes from the Lord of hosts; he is wonderful in counsel and excellent in wisdom.

Proverbs 3:31-32 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Do not envy a man of violence and do not choose any of his ways, for the devious person is an abomination to the Lord, but the upright are in his confidence.

Psalm 143:8 ESV / 15 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.

Psalm 20:4 ESV / 15 helpful votes

May he grant you your heart's desire and fulfill all your plans!

1 Peter 5:7 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

Amos 3:7 ESV / 14 helpful votes

“For the Lord God does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets.

Proverbs 30:24-25 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Four things on earth are small, but they are exceedingly wise: the ants are a people not strong, yet they provide their food in the summer;

Psalm 91:1-16 ESV / 14 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, ...

1 Samuel 2:1-36 ESV / 14 helpful votes

And Hannah prayed and said, “My heart exults in the Lord; my strength is exalted in the Lord. My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in your salvation. “There is none holy like the Lord; there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God. Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth; for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. The bows of the mighty are broken, but the feeble bind on strength. Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread, but those who were hungry have ceased to hunger. The barren has borne seven, but she who has many children is forlorn. ...

Colossians 3:23 ESV / 13 helpful votes

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

Acts 17:11 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 13 helpful votes

A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. ...

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 12 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,

James 1:2-4 ESV / 12 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.

Matthew 5:42 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.

Proverbs 22:6 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 13:13 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself, but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded.

James 1:27 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

John 16:33 ESV / 11 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.”

Psalm 37:4 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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

James 1:12 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 10 helpful votes

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Romans 8:31 ESV / 10 helpful votes

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Isaiah 41:10 ESV / 10 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.

1 John 2:1-29 ESV / 9 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: ...

Colossians 1:18 ESV / 8 helpful votes

And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.

Matthew 25:14-30 ESV / 8 helpful votes

“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 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. ...

Matthew 6:33 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 31:15 ESV / 8 helpful votes

She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens.

Proverbs 22:16 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth, or gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.

Proverbs 13:22 ESV / 8 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 13:11 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 12:15 ESV / 8 helpful votes

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.

Proverbs 11:28 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf.

Psalm 62:10 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Put no trust in extortion; set no vain hopes on robbery; if riches increase, set not your heart on them.

Nehemiah 2:1-20 ESV / 8 helpful votes

In the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was before him, I took up the wine and gave it to the king. Now I had not been sad in his presence. And the king said to me, “Why is your face sad, seeing you are not sick? This is nothing but sadness of the heart.” Then I was very much afraid. I said to the king, “Let the king live forever! Why should not my face be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers' graves, lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire?” Then the king said to me, “What are you requesting?” So I prayed to the God of heaven. And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers' graves, that I may rebuild it.” ...

1 Peter 5:8 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

Colossians 1:1-29 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father. We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, ...

Philippians 4:8 ESV / 7 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.

1 Corinthians 14:3 ESV / 7 helpful votes

On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation.

Romans 12:1-2 ESV / 7 helpful votes

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 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.

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