54 Bible Verses about Time Management

Ephesians 5:15-17 ESV / 756 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.

Psalm 90:12 ESV / 324 helpful votes

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

Colossians 4:5 ESV / 230 helpful votes

Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.

Ecclesiastes 3:8 ESV / 163 helpful votes

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

Luke 14:28 ESV / 149 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?

Matthew 6:33 ESV / 139 helpful votes

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

James 4:13-17 ESV / 123 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.

Proverbs 16:9 ESV / 106 helpful votes

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

Psalm 39:4-5 ESV / 101 helpful votes

“O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am! Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Selah

John 9:4 ESV / 78 helpful votes

We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.

Psalm 31:14-15 ESV / 71 helpful votes

But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!

2 Peter 3:8-14 ESV / 64 helpful votes

But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! ...

Matthew 25:1-46 ESV / 62 helpful votes

“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. ...

Matthew 24:36 ESV / 49 helpful votes

“But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.

Proverbs 3:9 ESV / 44 helpful votes

Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce;

Proverbs 3:1-2 ESV / 43 helpful votes

My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you.

Acts 1:7-8 ESV / 37 helpful votes

He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

James 1:1-27 ESV / 28 helpful votes

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings. 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. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. ...

Galatians 4:4 ESV / 27 helpful votes

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law,

Ecclesiastes 12:1-5 ESV / 27 helpful votes

Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”; before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars are darkened and the clouds return after the rain, in the day when the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men are bent, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those who look through the windows are dimmed, and the doors on the street are shut—when the sound of the grinding is low, and one rises up at the sound of a bird, and all the daughters of song are brought low— they are afraid also of what is high, and terrors are in the way; the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper drags itself along, and desire fails, because man is going to his eternal home, and the mourners go about the streets—

Psalm 139:16 ESV / 24 helpful votes

Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.

1 Corinthians 14:40 ESV / 21 helpful votes

But all things should be done decently and in order.

Habakkuk 2:3 ESV / 20 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.

Acts 17:26 ESV / 19 helpful votes

And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place,

Isaiah 60:22 ESV / 19 helpful votes

The least one shall become a clan, and the smallest one a mighty nation; I am the Lord; in its time I will hasten it.

Galatians 4:8-20 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods. But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more? You observe days and months and seasons and years! I am afraid I may have labored over you in vain. Brothers, I entreat you, become as I am, for I also have become as you are. You did me no wrong. ...

Acts 17:31 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

Ecclesiastes 3:11 ESV / 18 helpful votes

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.

Esther 4:14 ESV / 17 helpful votes

For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

1 Corinthians 10:23 ESV / 14 helpful votes

“All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up.

Hebrews 11:1-40 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. ...

Proverbs 10:7 ESV / 13 helpful votes

The memory of the righteous is a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot.

Numbers 23:19 ESV / 12 helpful votes

God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?

John 3:21 ESV / 10 helpful votes

But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

Luke 19:11-35 ESV / 10 helpful votes

As they heard these things, he proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately. He said therefore, “A nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return. Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Engage in business until I come.’ But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to reign over us.’ When he returned, having received the kingdom, he ordered these servants to whom he had given the money to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by doing business. ...

Jeremiah 2:32 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Can a virgin forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? Yet my people have forgotten me days without number.

Exodus 20:12 ESV / 10 helpful votes

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

Romans 13:11 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.

Romans 12:10 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

Jeremiah 1:5 ESV / 9 helpful votes

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

Isaiah 33:6 ESV / 9 helpful votes

And he will be the stability of your times, abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is Zion's treasure.

Proverbs 20:13 ESV / 9 helpful votes

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

Colossians 1:1-29 ESV / 8 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, ...

Proverbs 10:4 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

Hebrews 6:3 ESV / 7 helpful votes

And this we will do if God permits.

2 Corinthians 3:5-6 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV / 7 helpful votes

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

Romans 8:19 ESV / 7 helpful votes

For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.

Judges 18:9 ESV / 7 helpful votes

They said, “Arise, and let us go up against them, for we have seen the land, and behold, it is very good. And will you do nothing? Do not be slow to go, to enter in and possess the land.

1 John 5:5 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

2 Peter 3:3-9 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.” For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. ...

1 Corinthians 3:13 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Each one's work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done.

Galatians 6:9 ESV / 4 helpful votes

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

Isaiah 40:31 ESV / 4 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.

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