20 Bible Verses About Hard Work (ESV)

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  1. Proverbs 12:11 - "Whoever works his land will have..."
  2. Genesis 2:15 - "The LORD God took the man..."
  3. Genesis 2:2-3 - "And on the seventh day God..."
  4. Colossians 3:23 - "Whatever you do, work heartily, as..."
  5. Matthew 5:16 - "In the same way, let your..."
  6. Proverbs 13:4 - "The soul of the sluggard craves..."
  7. John 6:27 - "Do not labor for the food..."
  8. Ephesians 2:8-10 - "For by grace you have been..."
  9. Psalm 127:2 - "It is in vain that you..."
  10. 2 Chronicles 31:21 - "And every work that he undertook..."
  11. 2 Timothy 2:6 - "It is the hard-working farmer who..."
  12. Ecclesiastes 5:12 - "Sweet is the sleep of a..."
  13. Proverbs 16:3 - "Commit your work to the LORD,..."
  14. Proverbs 18:9 - "Whoever is slack in his work..."
  15. 1 Thessalonians 4:10-12 - "for that indeed is what you..."
  16. 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 - "For even when we were with..."
  17. Proverbs 22:16 - "Whoever oppresses the poor to increase..."
  18. Ephesians 4:28 - "Let the thief no longer steal,..."
  19. Psalm 128:2 - "You shall eat the fruit of..."
  20. Proverbs 14:23 - "In all toil there is profit,..."

1. Proverbs 12:11

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

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2. Genesis 2:15

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

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3. Genesis 2:2-3

2 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. 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.

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4. Colossians 3:23

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

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5. Matthew 5:16

16 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.

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6. Proverbs 13:4

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

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7. John 6:27

27 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."

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8. Ephesians 2:8-10

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

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9. Psalm 127:2

2 It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.

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10. 2 Chronicles 31:21

21 And every work that he undertook in the service of the house of God and in accordance with the law and the commandments, seeking his God, he did with all his heart, and prospered.

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11. 2 Timothy 2:6

6 It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops.

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12. Ecclesiastes 5:12

12 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.

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13. Proverbs 16:3

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

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14. Proverbs 18:9

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

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15. 1 Thessalonians 4:10-12

10 for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, 11 and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, 12 so that you may live properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.

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16. 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12

10 For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. 11 For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. 12 Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.

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17. Proverbs 22:16

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

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18. Ephesians 4:28

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.

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19. Psalm 128:2

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

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20. Proverbs 14:23

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

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Table of Contents

  1. Psalm 127:2
  2. Psalm 128:2
  3. Genesis 2:15
  4. Genesis 2:2-3
  5. 2 Chronicles 31:21
  6. Proverbs 12:11
  7. Proverbs 13:4
  8. Proverbs 14:23
  9. Proverbs 16:3
  10. Proverbs 18:9
  11. Proverbs 22:16
  12. Ecclesiastes 5:12
  13. Matthew 5:16
  14. John 6:27
  15. Ephesians 2:8-10
  16. Ephesians 4:28
  17. Colossians 3:23
  18. 1 Thessalonians 4:10-12
  19. 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12
  20. 2 Timothy 2:6

Psalm 127:2

2 It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.

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Psalm 128:2

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

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Genesis 2:15

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

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Genesis 2:2-3

2 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. 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.

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2 Chronicles 31:21

21 And every work that he undertook in the service of the house of God and in accordance with the law and the commandments, seeking his God, he did with all his heart, and prospered.

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Proverbs 12:11

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

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Proverbs 13:4

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

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Proverbs 14:23

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

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Proverbs 16:3

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

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Proverbs 18:9

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

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Proverbs 22:16

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

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Ecclesiastes 5:12

12 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.

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Matthew 5:16

16 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.

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John 6:27

27 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."

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Ephesians 2:8-10

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

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Ephesians 4:28

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.

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Colossians 3:23

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

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1 Thessalonians 4:10-12

10 for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, 11 and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, 12 so that you may live properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.

View on BibleGateway

2 Thessalonians 3:10-12

10 For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. 11 For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. 12 Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.

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2 Timothy 2:6

6 It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops.

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