100 Bible Verses about Planning Ahead In The Bible

Proverbs 21:5 ESV / 635 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 16:9 ESV / 520 helpful votes

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

Luke 14:28-33 ESV / 518 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 3:5-6 ESV / 345 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.

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 316 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 24:27 ESV / 299 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 15:22 ESV / 274 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 6:6-8 ESV / 252 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.

Philippians 4:6 ESV / 248 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.

Luke 14:28 ESV / 231 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?

Luke 14:28-30 ESV / 208 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 / 207 helpful votes

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

James 4:13-15 ESV / 190 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.”

Proverbs 19:21 ESV / 185 helpful votes

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

Genesis 41:34-36 ESV / 174 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.”

Proverbs 16:3 ESV / 173 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 27:23 ESV / 169 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 5:8 ESV / 164 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 11:14 ESV / 154 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 3:5 ESV / 152 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 14:8 ESV / 151 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 3:6 ESV / 151 helpful votes

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

Romans 8:28 ESV / 147 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.

Proverbs 21:20 ESV / 139 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 27:12 ESV / 133 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 16:1 ESV / 132 helpful votes

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

Matthew 6:34 ESV / 128 helpful votes

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

Psalm 20:4 ESV / 124 helpful votes

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

Psalm 90:12 ESV / 122 helpful votes

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

Amos 3:7 ESV / 119 helpful votes

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

Psalm 143:8 ESV / 119 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.

Proverbs 24:3-4 ESV / 118 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 / 116 helpful votes

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

Isaiah 55:9 ESV / 115 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.

Isaiah 55:8 ESV / 114 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 3:1 ESV / 112 helpful votes

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

John 3:16 ESV / 109 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.

James 4:13-16 ESV / 108 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.

Matthew 6:33 ESV / 108 helpful votes

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

John 14:6 ESV / 106 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.

Ecclesiastes 11:2 ESV / 103 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 3:31-32 ESV / 103 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.

Isaiah 28:29 ESV / 101 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 14:29 ESV / 100 helpful votes

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

Romans 12:2 ESV / 97 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.

Psalm 119:105 ESV / 89 helpful votes

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

James 1:5 ESV / 88 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.

John 14:27 ESV / 88 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.

Luke 12:16-21 ESV / 86 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?’ ...

1 Corinthians 16:2 ESV / 85 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.

James 4:17 ESV / 82 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 20:18 ESV / 82 helpful votes

Plans are established by counsel; by wise guidance wage war.

Romans 8:31 ESV / 81 helpful votes

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

Matthew 6:25-34 ESV / 81 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. ...

Proverbs 22:6 ESV / 81 helpful votes

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

1 Peter 5:7 ESV / 75 helpful votes

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

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 73 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 13:22 ESV / 73 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 12:15 ESV / 73 helpful votes

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

Colossians 3:23 ESV / 72 helpful votes

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

Hebrews 11:1 ESV / 71 helpful votes

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Proverbs 30:24-25 ESV / 71 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;

Proverbs 19:2 ESV / 71 helpful votes

Desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way.

1 Corinthians 3:6 ESV / 70 helpful votes

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

John 16:33 ESV / 70 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.”

Proverbs 11:28 ESV / 68 helpful votes

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

Isaiah 41:10 ESV / 67 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.

Proverbs 22:3 ESV / 67 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 13:11 ESV / 67 helpful votes

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

Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 67 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. ...

Matthew 25:14-30 ESV / 66 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. ...

Proverbs 22:16 ESV / 64 helpful votes

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

Psalm 62:10 ESV / 64 helpful votes

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

Colossians 1:1-29 ESV / 62 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, ...

1 Corinthians 2:10 ESV / 61 helpful votes

These things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.

2 Corinthians 9:6 ESV / 60 helpful votes

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

Matthew 7:24-27 ESV / 60 helpful votes

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 59 helpful votes

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Galatians 6:7 ESV / 58 helpful votes

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

Romans 5:8 ESV / 55 helpful votes

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

James 4:13-17 ESV / 52 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. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

Philippians 4:8 ESV / 51 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.

Proverbs 6:6-11 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. 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, ...

Hebrews 11:6 ESV / 47 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.

Philippians 4:19 ESV / 47 helpful votes

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

John 14:1-3 ESV / 45 helpful votes

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.

John 16:13 ESV / 43 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 18:27 ESV / 42 helpful votes

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

Luke 1:37 ESV / 40 helpful votes

For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Colossians 3:1-25 ESV / 38 helpful votes

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. ...

Proverbs 27:1 ESV / 37 helpful votes

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.

1 Samuel 2:1-36 ESV / 37 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. ...

Romans 15:13 ESV / 36 helpful votes

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV / 35 helpful votes

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

Galatians 6:7-9 ESV / 34 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.

Matthew 5:42 ESV / 34 helpful votes

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

Isaiah 32:8 ESV / 31 helpful votes

But he who is noble plans noble things, and on noble things he stands.

Psalm 37:4 ESV / 31 helpful votes

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

Colossians 2:1-23 ESV / 30 helpful votes

For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments. For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ. ...

Proverbs 13:13 ESV / 30 helpful votes

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

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