100 Bible Verses about Child Labor

Matthew 19:14 ESV / 379 helpful votes

But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”

2 Corinthians 12:14 ESV / 254 helpful votes

Here for the third time I am ready to come to you. And I will not be a burden, for I seek not what is yours but you. For children are not obligated to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.

John 16:21 ESV / 180 helpful votes

When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 172 helpful votes

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Luke 18:15-17 ESV / 161 helpful votes

Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”

Colossians 3:23 ESV / 146 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 4:28 ESV / 142 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.

Romans 9:12 ESV / 133 helpful votes

She was told, “The older will serve the younger.”

Isaiah 41:10 ESV / 130 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 Thessalonians 4:11 ESV / 123 helpful votes

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

Acts 20:35 ESV / 118 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.’”

1 Corinthians 4:12 ESV / 117 helpful votes

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

John 6:27 ESV / 116 helpful votes

Do not labor 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.”

Proverbs 12:11 ESV / 114 helpful votes

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

Genesis 3:16 ESV / 111 helpful votes

To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.”

Proverbs 14:23 ESV / 110 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 9:10 ESV / 108 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 14:27 ESV / 102 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.

Matthew 11:28 ESV / 102 helpful votes

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

Matthew 5:16 ESV / 101 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.

Proverbs 24:11 ESV / 101 helpful votes

Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.

1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV / 99 helpful votes

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

Luke 10:7 ESV / 98 helpful votes

And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages. Do not go from house to house.

1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV / 97 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.

2 Thessalonians 3:10 ESV / 96 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.

Isaiah 26:3 ESV / 94 helpful votes

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.

Hebrews 6:10 ESV / 92 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.

Deuteronomy 28:4 ESV / 92 helpful votes

Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock.

Exodus 20:9 ESV / 92 helpful votes

Six days you shall labor, and do all your work,

1 Timothy 4:10 ESV / 91 helpful votes

For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.

Proverbs 18:9 ESV / 91 helpful votes

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

Psalm 128:2 ESV / 91 helpful votes

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

Psalm 127:3-5 ESV / 91 helpful votes

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

Deuteronomy 15:10 ESV / 91 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.

Ecclesiastes 3:22 ESV / 90 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?

Isaiah 13:8 ESV / 86 helpful votes

They will be dismayed: pangs and agony will seize them; they will be in anguish like a woman in labor. They will look aghast at one another; their faces will be aflame.

Genesis 2:15 ESV / 85 helpful votes

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

Psalm 113:9 ESV / 83 helpful votes

He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the Lord!

Malachi 3:5 ESV / 81 helpful votes

“Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts.

Psalm 127:1 ESV / 81 helpful votes

A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon. Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.

James 4:8 ESV / 80 helpful votes

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Jeremiah 4:31 ESV / 80 helpful votes

For I heard a cry as of a woman in labor, anguish as of one giving birth to her first child, the cry of the daughter of Zion gasping for breath, stretching out her hands, “Woe is me! I am fainting before murderers.”

Genesis 1:28 ESV / 80 helpful votes

And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Proverbs 13:11 ESV / 78 helpful votes

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

1 Samuel 16:11 ESV / 78 helpful votes

Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but behold, he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and get him, for we will not sit down till he comes here.”

2 Timothy 1:7 ESV / 77 helpful votes

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Jeremiah 22:23 ESV / 77 helpful votes

O inhabitant of Lebanon, nested among the cedars, how you will be pitied when pangs come upon you, pain as of a woman in labor!”

Proverbs 22:16 ESV / 77 helpful votes

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

Leviticus 19:13 ESV / 77 helpful votes

“You shall not oppress your neighbor or rob him. The wages of a hired servant shall not remain with you all night until the morning.

Micah 4:9 ESV / 76 helpful votes

Now why do you cry aloud? Is there no king in you? Has your counselor perished, that pain seized you like a woman in labor?

1 Thessalonians 2:9 ESV / 75 helpful votes

For you remember, brothers, our labor and toil: we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God.

Proverbs 31:8-9 ESV / 75 helpful votes

Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.

Proverbs 10:4 ESV / 75 helpful votes

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

Exodus 20:2 ESV / 75 helpful votes

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 74 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 5:4 ESV / 74 helpful votes

Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts.

1 Timothy 5:18 ESV / 74 helpful votes

For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.”

1 Thessalonians 1:3 ESV / 74 helpful votes

Remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Deuteronomy 28:11 ESV / 74 helpful votes

And the Lord will make you abound in prosperity, in the fruit of your womb and in the fruit of your livestock and in the fruit of your ground, within the land that the Lord swore to your fathers to give you.

Genesis 3:23 ESV / 74 helpful votes

Therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken.

Matthew 20:1-15 ESV / 73 helpful votes

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and to them he said, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went. Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same. ...

Genesis 2:2-3 ESV / 73 helpful votes

And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 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.

Acts 18:3 ESV / 72 helpful votes

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

Exodus 20:10 ESV / 72 helpful votes

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.

2 Thessalonians 3:8 ESV / 71 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.

1 Corinthians 3:8 ESV / 71 helpful votes

He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor.

Matthew 10:10 ESV / 71 helpful votes

No bag for your journey, nor two tunics nor sandals nor a staff, for the laborer deserves his food.

Matthew 18:1-5 ESV / 69 helpful votes

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me,

Mark 10:13-16 ESV / 68 helpful votes

And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.

Isaiah 26:17-18 ESV / 68 helpful votes

Like a pregnant woman who writhes and cries out in her pangs when she is near to giving birth, so were we because of you, O Lord; we were pregnant, we writhed, but we have given birth to wind. We have accomplished no deliverance in the earth, and the inhabitants of the world have not fallen.

Isaiah 21:3 ESV / 68 helpful votes

Therefore my loins are filled with anguish; pangs have seized me, like the pangs of a woman in labor; I am bowed down so that I cannot hear; I am dismayed so that I cannot see.

Proverbs 16:3 ESV / 68 helpful votes

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

Philippians 4:6 ESV / 66 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.

Psalm 55:22 ESV / 66 helpful votes

Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.

Psalm 48:6 ESV / 66 helpful votes

Trembling took hold of them there, anguish as of a woman in labor.

1 Thessalonians 5:3 ESV / 63 helpful votes

While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

John 5:17 ESV / 63 helpful votes

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

Genesis 25:21 ESV / 62 helpful votes

And Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren. And the Lord granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived.

Isaiah 66:7 ESV / 61 helpful votes

“Before she was in labor she gave birth; before her pain came upon her she delivered a son.

Matthew 18:10 ESV / 59 helpful votes

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.

Jeremiah 30:6 ESV / 59 helpful votes

Ask now, and see, can a man bear a child? Why then do I see every man with his hands on his stomach like a woman in labor? Why has every face turned pale?

Proverbs 17:6 ESV / 59 helpful votes

Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.

Hosea 13:13 ESV / 58 helpful votes

The pangs of childbirth come for him, but he is an unwise son, for at the right time he does not present himself at the opening of the womb.

Psalm 90:17 ESV / 58 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!

Micah 5:3 ESV / 56 helpful votes

Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labor has given birth; then the rest of his brothers shall return to the people of Israel.

Philippians 4:19 ESV / 55 helpful votes

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

Colossians 3:17 ESV / 54 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.

Galatians 4:27 ESV / 54 helpful votes

For it is written, “Rejoice, O barren one who does not bear; break forth and cry aloud, you who are not in labor! For the children of the desolate one will be more than those of the one who has a husband.”

Isaiah 54:13 ESV / 53 helpful votes

All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.

Galatians 4:19 ESV / 52 helpful votes

My little children, for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you!

Romans 8:22 ESV / 51 helpful votes

For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.

Psalm 84:11 ESV / 51 helpful votes

For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 50 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.

Micah 4:10 ESV / 50 helpful votes

Writhe and groan, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in labor, for now you shall go out from the city and dwell in the open country; you shall go to Babylon. There you shall be rescued; there the Lord will redeem you from the hand of your enemies.

Matthew 18:2 ESV / 49 helpful votes

And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them

Proverbs 22:6 ESV / 49 helpful votes

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

2 Chronicles 15:7 ESV / 49 helpful votes

But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.”

Joshua 1:9 ESV / 47 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.”

Deuteronomy 28:1-2 ESV / 46 helpful votes

“And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God.

1 Peter 5:7 ESV / 45 helpful votes

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

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