100 Bible Verses about Labor

1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV / 486 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.

Ephesians 4:28 ESV / 439 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.

Proverbs 14:23 ESV / 420 helpful votes

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

Colossians 3:23 ESV / 340 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 16:3 ESV / 302 helpful votes

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

Genesis 2:15 ESV / 291 helpful votes

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

Colossians 3:23-24 ESV / 290 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.

Exodus 20:9 ESV / 289 helpful votes

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

Acts 20:35 ESV / 283 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.’”

Matthew 11:28 ESV / 272 helpful votes

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

Hebrews 6:10 ESV / 264 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.

Proverbs 12:11 ESV / 258 helpful votes

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

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 245 helpful votes

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

John 6:27 ESV / 239 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.”

James 5:4 ESV / 229 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 Thessalonians 4:11 ESV / 227 helpful votes

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

Psalm 127:1 ESV / 224 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.

Proverbs 13:11 ESV / 210 helpful votes

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

2 Thessalonians 3:10 ESV / 205 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.

Genesis 3:19 ESV / 204 helpful votes

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.”

1 Thessalonians 1:3 ESV / 191 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.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 ESV / 189 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.

Isaiah 41:10 ESV / 177 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 Timothy 5:8 ESV / 176 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.

Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 ESV / 171 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.

Proverbs 12:24 ESV / 169 helpful votes

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

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 ESV / 163 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.

Luke 10:7 ESV / 161 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 10:31 ESV / 160 helpful votes

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

Matthew 5:16 ESV / 160 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.

Psalm 128:2 ESV / 158 helpful votes

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

Exodus 20:8-11 ESV / 151 helpful votes

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 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. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

Ecclesiastes 5:12 ESV / 148 helpful votes

Sweet is the sleep of a laborer, whether he eats little or much, but the full stomach of the rich will not let him sleep.

1 Timothy 5:18 ESV / 147 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 3:22 ESV / 144 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?

2 Thessalonians 3:7-13 ESV / 136 helpful votes

For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, 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. It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate. 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. ...

Matthew 9:37-38 ESV / 130 helpful votes

Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 130 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 10:4 ESV / 130 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 2:10 ESV / 128 helpful votes

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

Jeremiah 22:13 ESV / 122 helpful votes

“Woe to him who builds his house by unrighteousness, and his upper rooms by injustice, who makes his neighbor serve him for nothing and does not give him his wages,

John 14:27 ESV / 120 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.

Proverbs 18:9 ESV / 119 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 6:6-8 ESV / 118 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.

Exodus 20:9-11 ESV / 118 helpful votes

Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 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. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 115 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,

Isaiah 26:3 ESV / 111 helpful votes

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

Matthew 11:28-30 ESV / 109 helpful votes

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

1 Corinthians 4:12 ESV / 106 helpful votes

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

Psalm 55:22 ESV / 106 helpful votes

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

2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 ESV / 103 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.

2 Thessalonians 3:8 ESV / 103 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.

Joshua 1:9 ESV / 103 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.”

1 Corinthians 3:8 ESV / 100 helpful votes

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

John 5:17 ESV / 100 helpful votes

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

Galatians 6:9 ESV / 99 helpful votes

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

2 Chronicles 15:7 ESV / 98 helpful votes

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

1 Peter 5:7 ESV / 97 helpful votes

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

Philippians 4:6-7 ESV / 97 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. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Ecclesiastes 4:9 ESV / 97 helpful votes

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

Genesis 3:17-19 ESV / 97 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.”

1 Timothy 4:10 ESV / 96 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.

Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 ESV / 96 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.

John 4:34 ESV / 95 helpful votes

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.

Ecclesiastes 3:13 ESV / 94 helpful votes

Also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God's gift to man.

Ecclesiastes 5:18 ESV / 92 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.

Proverbs 13:4 ESV / 92 helpful votes

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

Exodus 20:10 ESV / 92 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.

Colossians 3:17 ESV / 90 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.

Luke 1:37 ESV / 90 helpful votes

For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Ecclesiastes 5:19 ESV / 86 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.

John 3:16 ESV / 82 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.

Psalm 90:17 ESV / 79 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!

1 Thessalonians 2:9 ESV / 78 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.

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.

1 Thessalonians 3:10 ESV / 77 helpful votes

As we pray most earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith?

Romans 8:18 ESV / 77 helpful votes

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

Deuteronomy 15:10 ESV / 77 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.

Matthew 7:15-20 ESV / 72 helpful votes

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. ...

Psalm 46:1-3 ESV / 72 helpful votes

To the choirmaster. Of the Sons of Korah. According to Alamoth. A Song. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah

Proverbs 29:25 ESV / 71 helpful votes

The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.

Proverbs 22:29 ESV / 71 helpful votes

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

Galatians 2:20 ESV / 70 helpful votes

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Leviticus 19:13 ESV / 70 helpful votes

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

Philippians 4:8 ESV / 66 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.

Malachi 3:5 ESV / 66 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.

Ecclesiastes 5:15 ESV / 66 helpful votes

As he came from his mother's womb he shall go again, naked as he came, and shall take nothing for his toil that he may carry away in his hand.

Exodus 34:21 ESV / 65 helpful votes

“Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest. In plowing time and in harvest you shall rest.

Deuteronomy 5:12-14 ESV / 63 helpful votes

“‘Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 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 or your male servant or your female servant, or your ox or your donkey or any of your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you.

Colossians 3:1-25 ESV / 62 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. ...

Ecclesiastes 2:24 ESV / 62 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,

Genesis 2:2-3 ESV / 62 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.

Proverbs 3:5 ESV / 60 helpful votes

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

James 4:8 ESV / 59 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.

Habakkuk 3:17-18 ESV / 58 helpful votes

Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.

Acts 18:3 ESV / 57 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 22:16 ESV / 57 helpful votes

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

Matthew 20:1-15 ESV / 56 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. ...

Matthew 10:10 ESV / 56 helpful votes

No bag for your journey, or two tunics or sandals or a staff, for the laborer deserves his food.

2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV / 55 helpful votes

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

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