32 Bible Verses on Work

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Chris Martin
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A lot of people hate their jobs and just generally wish working wasn’t a necessary part of life, but God wants us to work! Using the gifts God has given us and cultivating His creating is an important part of God’s plan for humanity. Of course, like all things, work has been tainted by sin. What does the Bile say about work? Let’s explore.


Old Testament

Genesis 2:3
“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.”

Genesis 2:15
“The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.”

Psalm 90:17
“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!”

Proverbs 12:11
“Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,
but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.”

Proverbs 12:24
“The hand of the diligent will rule,
while the slothful will be put to forced labor.”

Proverbs 13:4
“The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing,
while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.”

Proverbs 14:23
“In all toil there is profit,
but mere talk tends only to poverty.”

Proverbs 16:3
“Commit your work to the Lord,
and your plans will be established.”

Ecclesiastes 3:12-13
“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.”

Ecclesiastes 4:4
“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.”

Ecclesiastes 5:18-19
“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.”

Jeremiah 29:11
“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.”

New Testament

Matthew 6:26
“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?”

John 6:27
“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.”

John 14:12
“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.”

Acts 20:24
“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.”

1 Corinthians 15:58
“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 Corinthians 9:8
“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.”

Galatians 6:4-5
“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.”

Ephesians 4:28
“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.”

Colossians 3:17
“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.”

Colossians 3:23-24
“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
“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.”

2 Timothy 2:15
“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.”

Hebrews 4:9-10
“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.”

Hebrews 6:10
“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.”

2 John 1:8
“Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward.”

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