100 Bible Verses about Work

Colossians 3:23 ESV / 1,143 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 16:3 ESV / 1,122 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 ESV / 773 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.

Genesis 2:15 ESV / 720 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV / 685 helpful votes

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

Psalm 90:17 ESV / 629 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!

Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 ESV / 576 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.

Proverbs 18:9 ESV / 572 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 14:23 ESV / 568 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 4:28 ESV / 556 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.

2 Thessalonians 3:10 ESV / 490 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.

Colossians 3:17 ESV / 478 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.

Proverbs 12:24 ESV / 467 helpful votes

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

Colossians 3:23-24 ESV / 457 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.

1 Corinthians 16:14 ESV / 400 helpful votes

Let all that you do be done in love.

Luke 1:37 ESV / 398 helpful votes

For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Proverbs 13:11 ESV / 387 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV / 383 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.

John 6:27 ESV / 379 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.”

Colossians 3:22-24 ESV / 368 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.

1 Timothy 5:8 ESV / 361 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 12:11 ESV / 338 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 13:4 ESV / 320 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 2:15 ESV / 314 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.

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 299 helpful votes

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Hebrews 6:10 ESV / 295 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.

Galatians 6:4-5 ESV / 288 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 21:5 ESV / 285 helpful votes

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

2 Corinthians 9:8 ESV / 278 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.

Ecclesiastes 4:9 ESV / 277 helpful votes

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

1 Thessalonians 4:11 ESV / 260 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 4:1-16 ESV / 259 helpful votes

Again I saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun. And behold, the tears of the oppressed, and they had no one to comfort them! On the side of their oppressors there was power, and there was no one to comfort them. And I thought the dead who are already dead more fortunate than the living who are still alive. But better than both is he who has not yet been and has not seen the evil deeds that are done under the sun. 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. The fool folds his hands and eats his own flesh. ...

2 Timothy 2:6 ESV / 253 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 5:19 ESV / 252 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.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV / 251 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.

Ecclesiastes 5:18 ESV / 248 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.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 ESV / 243 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.

Matthew 11:28 ESV / 239 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 15:10 ESV / 238 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 4:4 ESV / 238 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.

Proverbs 12:1-24:34 ESV / 234 helpful votes

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid. A good man obtains favor from the Lord, but a man of evil devices he condemns. No one is established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous will never be moved. An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones. The thoughts of the righteous are just; the counsels of the wicked are deceitful. ...

1 Timothy 2:15 ESV / 233 helpful votes

Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.

Hebrews 6:1-10:39 ESV / 232 helpful votes

Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits. For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, ...

1 Timothy 3:16 ESV / 230 helpful votes

Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.

1 Corinthians 9:8 ESV / 230 helpful votes

Do I say these things on human authority? Does not the Law say the same?

Acts 20:24 ESV / 227 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.

Acts 20:1-24:27 ESV / 226 helpful votes

After the uproar ceased, Paul sent for the disciples, and after encouraging them, he said farewell and departed for Macedonia. When he had gone through those regions and had given them much encouragement, he came to Greece. There he spent three months, and when a plot was made against him by the Jews as he was about to set sail for Syria, he decided to return through Macedonia. Sopater the Berean, son of Pyrrhus, accompanied him; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy; and the Asians, Tychicus and Trophimus. These went on ahead and were waiting for us at Troas, ...

Matthew 6:26 ESV / 225 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?

Psalm 128:2 ESV / 224 helpful votes

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

1 Peter 3:13 ESV / 223 helpful votes

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

2 John 1:8 ESV / 222 helpful votes

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

Hebrews 4:9-10 ESV / 220 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.

Proverbs 10:22 ESV / 220 helpful votes

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

2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 ESV / 216 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.

John 14:12 ESV / 215 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.

Matthew 5:16 ESV / 212 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.

Titus 2:9-10 ESV / 211 helpful votes

Bondservants are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.

Colossians 3:2 ESV / 211 helpful votes

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

Genesis 2:3 ESV / 211 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.

John 1:1-8:59 ESV / 208 helpful votes

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. ...

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 ESV / 204 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.

Matthew 6:1-26:75 ESV / 202 helpful votes

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. ...

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 201 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.

Ephesians 2:10 ESV / 198 helpful votes

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

John 5:17 ESV / 198 helpful votes

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

Colossians 3:3 ESV / 197 helpful votes

For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

1 Timothy 3:2 ESV / 193 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 15:2 ESV / 192 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.

Genesis 1:31 ESV / 189 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.

Proverbs 10:4 ESV / 187 helpful votes

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

Galatians 6:9 ESV / 178 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 9:2 ESV / 177 helpful votes

If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you, for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.

Proverbs 16:2 ESV / 177 helpful votes

All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit.

Proverbs 13:11-12 ESV / 176 helpful votes

Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it. Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.

Proverbs 24:30-34 ESV / 171 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.

Acts 20:35 ESV / 169 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.’”

John 3:16-17 ESV / 169 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.

Proverbs 6:6-8 ESV / 166 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.

Psalm 90:3 ESV / 165 helpful votes

You return man to dust and say, “Return, O children of man!”

Titus 2:7-8 ESV / 157 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.

Colossians 3:24 ESV / 157 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 22:29 ESV / 155 helpful votes

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

Romans 12:11 ESV / 152 helpful votes

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

Genesis 3:17-19 ESV / 152 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.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV / 149 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 2:14-15 ESV / 143 helpful votes

Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 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,

Proverbs 6:10-12 ESV / 134 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,

1 Corinthians 16:2 ESV / 133 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.

Job 1:10 ESV / 128 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.

2 Timothy 4:7 ESV / 126 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 10:2 ESV / 125 helpful votes

Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit, but righteousness delivers from death.

Ecclesiastes 2:24 ESV / 123 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,

Deuteronomy 15:10 ESV / 122 helpful votes

You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake.

Colossians 3:23-25 ESV / 120 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.

Deuteronomy 24:14 ESV / 120 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.

Ephesians 6:7 ESV / 118 helpful votes

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

Leviticus 23:22 ESV / 117 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.”

1 Corinthians 4:12 ESV / 115 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 2:2 ESV / 98 helpful votes

For kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.

Ecclesiastes 4:2 ESV / 92 helpful votes

And I thought the dead who are already dead more fortunate than the living who are still alive.

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