Bible Verses About Hard Work: 18 Great Scriptures

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What does the Bible have to say about work?  Some may be surprised to find out that there are many thoughts about work, lack of work, and serving.  The topic comes right to the forefront in the very beginning when in Genesis 1, after God created man He says, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living think that moves on the earth.”  The word “subdue” certainly has a meaning of work or control or trample under.  Yes, God gave Adam some things to do from the very beginning (and this is even before sin entered the world in Genesis 3).  Just like Adam, we all have things to do and work is one of them.  We all work in some way; some go to an office, some work in the home.  For some, to work is to raise children.  The words from God do not stop in Genesis but continue on throughout the Scriptures with Jesus himself being a “carpenter” in Mark 6:3.  Consider the following…

Ecclesiastes 9:10 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.

The “Sloth” and the “Sluggard”

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

Proverbs 6:6-8  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.

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

2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 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.

Bible Verses About Work and Doing Everything Unto the Lord

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

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

1 Corinthians 10:31  So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Some may be surprised to find out that there are many thoughts about work, lack of work, and serving in the Bible.

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 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.

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.

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.

Exodus 20:9  Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10 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.

Matthew 5:16 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.

Matthew 9:37  Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few

Luke 10:7 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.

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

Verses About Serving

Colossians 3:24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward.  You are serving the Lord Christ.

Ephesians 6:7 rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man

In whatever walk of life you are in, in whatever job or task that you do, do it as unto the Lord.  Sometimes we may work for someone who is not honorable or of high quality in character.  Satan might try to convince us to act like a sluggard or to be lazy as many of our co-workers are.  Don’t give in to that mindset.  Be the best worker you can be.  Your hard work and diligence are not really for your employer but for the Lord.  He sees your diligence and hard work and although maybe you don’t get adequately rewarded in your workplace just know that the Lord is pleased and honored when we do good work.

Take a look at some of these other Bible verses by topic articles:

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Patricia Schneider January 6, 2013 at 5:00 am

Hello, Pastor Daryl! I was directed to your site by author, Pamela Rose Williams. (Have already read those underneath this article.) Enjoyed reading & comprehending above Scripture about hard work, doing one’s best for the glory of Jesus. Thank you so much for passing on these gifts of inspiration, Pastor Daryl! May your New Year, 2013, be filled with many blessings from Our Heavenly Father! Patty


Daryl Evans January 8, 2013 at 11:45 am

Thanks for the kind words Patricia. Happy New Year to you too!


Mabel January 6, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Great article, I myself when I was not a believer I use to treat my job as a place to get the most out and putting the least into it. I would take things, even if insignificant like a pen or a notepad or even time, and now I realize how unthoughtful and rude I was. We live in a society where good and evil are no longer plain black and white, it’s pretty gray and that’s one of the devil’s favorite lies, deceiving us into thinking that “it’s not so wrong” or “if it dosen’t hurt others”, tricking people into sinning against God’s character and commandments! I praise God because of His Light in my super gray world.

Also, I have an issue with preachers and pastors, and I’m sorry because I know that many preachers devote their lives to Christ and spreading His Gospel; sacrificing everything just like the original diciples did. However, many, but many have made a very profitable business at God’s expense, the truth given is that the majority of preachers I have come accross live off the gospel, and I don’t mean in a spiritual way, but in a very comfortable and even luxurious lifestyle. That’s why so many common sense unbelievers refuse their preaching and every other by that matter. The deciples themselves worked for their bread, they lived humbled lives, surrounded by poverty. Now I’m not saying preachers or pastors have to be poor, but I don’t see why they can’t work just like every other member of a church. We, as part of the church offer our volunteer services and sacrifice for the church and that’s after a hard day’s work, why can a “pastor” do the same. I know many missionaries who give their time and money to help others and men and women, who after working 8 or 9 hrs. a day, go to church to render their services; so why can the preacher do it too? Coming up with a one hour sermon, who should be God inspired, should be something a preacher should sacrifice their time to come up with, not get paid for it! If it means waking up in the middle of the night, or rising a couple of hours earlier before going off to work or even missing supper or relaxation time to go visit the sick and needy. Now, I know many older men, after they have worked and raised a family and even served their country, have felt the calling of God and have answered it, and that is admirable; but them who being young and full of life and energy, and raising a large family, do nothing but sit around until they hear “god’s word of inspiration” all the day long or go to meeting after conference to see how much money they can take from the church in order to (“Mathew 28:19-20…”), but in reality is just to expand the church and the job positions and raising their salaries. This is a sad thing, “feeding the sheep” has become such a business, is sickening!

I could go on on this subject forever because I honestly don’t trust men who live “from” the gospel instead of the gospel, and that goes for all faiths. Unfortunately, they drive many hard working, common sensed individuals from God’s Truth because they don’t live what they preach in most cases. Now please that’s not all of them, is only the majority; but then again, Jesus and his true followers, were the minority!


victoire patience January 6, 2013 at 8:06 pm

thank you pastor for always sharing with us this inspiration-filled messages. i have always known to treat my work with respect but was never aware that it was required of me, not only to work, but to do my work well and i am even happier now that, while in ignorance of The word, i did my job well and now that i have the knowledge, i will only glorify Him more with my work. what you have said equally translates to the blog i just started 2 months ago. I guess God knew He wanted me to share His message somehow because i am amazed at how i have stayed inspired and dedicated to writing and how slowly, people are coming to read His word from the blog. This piece inspires me to keep going,do my best and let Him do the rest. Thanks again for always putting it into perspective for us. Happy New Year and God bless you.
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cecilia umukoro January 8, 2013 at 9:55 pm

lord jesus i am interested of knowing


Nicholas January 16, 2013 at 4:22 am

note to cecillia , I work with folks from Russia , and Ukraine , they are many of them if not all , Christians , let us know if you would like to speak with them perhaps ……….


Patricia Schneider January 16, 2013 at 11:03 am

Hello, Daryl! This is for Mabel (January 6, 2013.) OK?

Hello, Mabel! Have read your comments about ministries who make a living ‘off the bible’ instead of ‘of the bible.’ Unfortunately, there are many ministries that get caught up in the glamor and riches the world has to offer, forgetting that God’s riches (blessings) are what truly matters. (There are several going through my mind as I type this, not important to name.)
I believe, Mabel, that the Holy Spirit has worked through you to recognize this error in those ministries, and to enlighten others to avoid them.
This subject used to get my goat up, as you sounded like in your comment! Now I just pray for them all, that someday they will see the Truth and change their ways. Jesus did say to judge not lest we be judged. Right?
Oodles of blessings for you and your family in the New Year, 2013, Mabel! Patty


S Praveen May 4, 2013 at 9:48 am

Hi this is best bible quoted verses for me. Thank U for working to the LORD. May Lord bless all of you who work for this website.


O Diaz June 14, 2013 at 1:08 am

I work in the medical field and my favorite bible verse that i think has to do with work is psalm 144.1
“praise be to the lord my rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle”


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