Work Bible Verses



What does the Bible say about Work? Here are 112 verses related to Work. Use this table of contents to go to any section:

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General Scriptures Concerning

GENESIS 2:15In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 15 And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

EXODUS 23:12In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 12 Six days thou shalt do thy work, and on the seventh day thou shalt rest: that thine ox and thine ass may rest, and the son of thy handmaid, and the stranger, may be refreshed.

EXODUS 35:2In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 2 Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you an holy day, a sabbath of rest to the Lord: whosoever doeth work therein shall be put to death.

DEUTERONOMY 5:13In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 13 Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work:

PROVERBS 10:4,5Verses in the Bible

  • 4 He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
    Proverbs 10:4 Meaning
  • 5 He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.
    Proverbs 10:5 Meaning

PROVERBS 12:11,24,27Verses in the Bible

  • 11 He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.
    Proverbs 12:11 Meaning
  • 27 The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.
    Proverbs 12:27 Meaning

PROVERBS 13:4,11,23Verses in the Bible

  • 4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
    Proverbs 13:4 Meaning
  • 11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.
    Proverbs 13:11 Meaning
  • 23 Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment.
    Proverbs 13:23 Meaning

PROVERBS 14:4,23Verses in the Bible

  • 4 Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.
    Proverbs 14:4 Meaning

PROVERBS 16:26In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 26 He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him.

PROVERBS 20:13In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 13 Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.

PROVERBS 21:5In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.

PROVERBS 22:29In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 29 Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.

PROVERBS 27:23-27Verses in the Bible

  • 23 Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.
    Proverbs 27:23 Meaning
  • 24 For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation?
    Proverbs 27:24 Meaning
  • 25 The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.
    Proverbs 27:25 Meaning
  • 26 The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field.
    Proverbs 27:26 Meaning
  • 27 And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens.
    Proverbs 27:27 Meaning

PROVERBS 28:19In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 19 He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.

PROVERBS 30:25-28Verses in the Bible

PROVERBS 31:13-27Verses in the Bible

ECCLESIASTES 1:3In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 3 What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?

ECCLESIASTES 2:10,11,17-22Verses in the Bible

  • 10 And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour.
    Ecclesiastes 2:10 Meaning
  • 11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.
    Ecclesiastes 2:11 Meaning
  • 17 Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit.
    Ecclesiastes 2:17 Meaning
  • 18 Yea, I hated all my labour which I had taken under the sun: because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me.
    Ecclesiastes 2:18 Meaning
  • 19 And who knoweth whether he shall be a wise man or a fool? yet shall he have rule over all my labour wherein I have laboured, and wherein I have shewed myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity.
    Ecclesiastes 2:19 Meaning
  • 20 Therefore I went about to cause my heart to despair of all the labour which I took under the sun.
    Ecclesiastes 2:20 Meaning
  • 21 For there is a man whose labour is in wisdom, and in knowledge, and in equity; yet to a man that hath not laboured therein shall he leave it for his portion. This also is vanity and a great evil.
    Ecclesiastes 2:21 Meaning
  • 22 For what hath man of all his labour, and of the vexation of his heart, wherein he hath laboured under the sun?
    Ecclesiastes 2:22 Meaning

ECCLESIASTES 9:10In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

ECCLESIASTES 11:4,6Verses in the Bible

  • 4 He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.
    Ecclesiastes 11:4 Meaning
  • 5 As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.
    Ecclesiastes 11:5 Meaning
  • 6 In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.
    Ecclesiastes 11:6 Meaning

ROMANS 12:11In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

EPHESIANS 4:28In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

1 THESSALONIANS 4:11,12Verses in the Bible

2 THESSALONIANS 3:10-12Verses in the Bible

  • 10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
    2 Thessalonians 3:10 Meaning
  • 11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.
    2 Thessalonians 3:11 Meaning
  • 12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.
    2 Thessalonians 3:12 Meaning

1 TIMOTHY 5:8In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

Instances of Work

• Jeroboam

1 KINGS 11:28In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 28 And the man Jeroboam was a mighty man of valour: and Solomon seeing the young man that he was industrious, he made him ruler over all the charge of the house of Joseph.

• Paul

ACTS 18:3In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 3 And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers.

ACTS 20:33,34Verses in the Bible

  • 33 I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel.
    Acts 20:33 Meaning
  • 34 Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.
    Acts 20:34 Meaning

2 THESSALONIANS 3:8In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 8 Neither did we eat any man's bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you:

General Scriptures Concerning

GENESIS 3:19In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

EXODUS 20:9-11Verses in the Bible

  • 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
    Exodus 20:9 Meaning
  • 10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
    Exodus 20:10 Meaning
  • 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
    Exodus 20:11 Meaning

EXODUS 23:12In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 12 Six days thou shalt do thy work, and on the seventh day thou shalt rest: that thine ox and thine ass may rest, and the son of thy handmaid, and the stranger, may be refreshed.

EXODUS 34:21In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 21 Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest: in earing time and in harvest thou shalt rest.

LEVITICUS 19:13In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 13 Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbour, neither rob him: the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning.

DEUTERONOMY 24:14,15Verses in the Bible

  • 14 Thou shalt not oppress an hired servant that is poor and needy, whether he be of thy brethren, or of thy strangers that are in thy land within thy gates:
    Deuteronomy 24:14 Meaning
  • 15 At his day thou shalt give him his hire, neither shall the sun go down upon it; for he is poor, and setteth his heart upon it: lest he cry against thee unto the Lord, and it be sin unto thee.
    Deuteronomy 24:15 Meaning

DEUTERONOMY 25:4In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 4 Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn.

ECCLESIASTES 5:12In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 12 The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.

JEREMIAH 22:13In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 13 Woe unto him that buildeth his house by unrighteousness, and his chambers by wrong; that useth his neighbour's service without wages, and giveth him not for his work;

MALACHI 3:5In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the Lord of hosts.

MATTHEW 20:1-15Verses in the Bible

  • 1 For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.
    Matthew 20:1 Meaning
  • 2 And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
    Matthew 20:2 Meaning
  • 3 And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,
    Matthew 20:3 Meaning
  • 4 And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way.
    Matthew 20:4 Meaning
  • 5 Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise.
    Matthew 20:5 Meaning
  • 6 And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?
    Matthew 20:6 Meaning
  • 7 They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive.
    Matthew 20:7 Meaning
  • 8 So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first.
    Matthew 20:8 Meaning
  • 9 And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.
    Matthew 20:9 Meaning
  • 10 But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny.
    Matthew 20:10 Meaning
  • 11 And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house,
    Matthew 20:11 Meaning
  • 12 Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.
    Matthew 20:12 Meaning
  • 13 But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny?
    Matthew 20:13 Meaning
  • 14 Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee.
    Matthew 20:14 Meaning
  • 15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?
    Matthew 20:15 Meaning

LUKE 10:7In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 7 And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house.

ACTS 20:35In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

1 CORINTHIANS 9:9In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 9 For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?

EPHESIANS 4:28In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

1 THESSALONIANS 4:11,12Verses in the Bible

2 THESSALONIANS 3:7-13Verses in the Bible

1 TIMOTHY 5:18In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 18 For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.

JAMES 5:4In the Bible Verse Meaning

  • 4 Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.

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• See Servant

• See Slothfulness


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