Top 22 Bible verses about work

We’ve compiled a list of 22 Bible verses about the importance of work.

Many people of faith look at work as a curse when in reality God’s first commandment to humanity was to fill the earth and subdue it (Genesis 1:28). I believe we should live a life of working on our passion instead of a job that you hate.

22 Bible scriptures about work ethic 

1. “The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” – Genesis 2-15

2. “For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” 2 Thessalonians 3-10

3. “Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” – 1 Timothy 5-8

4. “A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.” – Proverbs 13:4

5. “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!” – Proverbs 6-6

6. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,” – Colossians 3:23


7. “Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.” – Ephesians 4-28

8. “Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense.” – Proverbs 12-11

9. “May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands.” – Psalm 90:17

10. “A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.” – Proverbs 13-22

11. “Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.” – Proverbs 12-24

12. “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” – Proverbs 14:23

13. “Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” – Genesis 2:3

14. “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man. A troublemaker and a villain, who goes about with a corrupt mouth,” – Proverbs 6: 10-12 


15. “The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops.” – 2 Timothy 2-6

16. “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” – Proverbs 16:13

17. “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.”

18. “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” – James 2-17

19. “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” – Philippines 4-13

20. “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” – 1 John 3-18

21. “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” – Galatians 6-7

22. “10. “Since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” – Colossians 3:24


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