This list was compiled and condensed from Compass see the full list at http://www.compass1.org/the-bible-on-money/work/
God is a worker
- By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. . . all His work which God had created and made (Genesis 2:2-3).
- And the Lord God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden . . . (Genesis 2:8).
Jesus carpenter to age 30, and talked about working
- But He [Jesus] answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working” (John 5:17).
- Six days you shall labor and do all your work . . . (Exodus 20:9).
- Six days you are do to your work. . . Exodus 23:12
- You shall work six days. . . Exodus 34:21
- Six days you shall labor and do all your work. . . Deuteronomy 5:13
- Man goes forth to his work and to his labor until evening (Psalm 104:23).
Believers required in New Testament
- Let him who steals steal no longer; but rather let him labor, performing with his own hands what is good . . . (Ephesians 4:28), also read (2 Thessalonians 3:8-12)
Not a consequence of The Fall and work after
- Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate and keep it (Genesis 2:15).
- cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field; by the sweat of your face you shall eat bread . . . the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken (Genesis 3:17-19, 23).
- This one [Noah] shall give us rest from our work and from the toil of our hands arising from the ground which the Lord has cursed (Genesis 5:29).
- Then the people of the land discouraged the people of Judah, and frightened them from building, and hired counselors against them to frustrate their counsel all the days of Cyrus . . . (Ezra 4:4-5).
- . . . all of us returned to the wall, each one to his work. And it came about from that day on, that half of my servants carried on the work while half of them held the spears, the shields, the bows, and the breastplates; and the captains were behind the whole house of Judah. Those who were rebuilding the wall and those who carried burdens took their load with one hand doing the work and the other holding a weapon. As for the builders, each wore his sword girded at his side as he built . . . we carried on the work with half of them holding spears from dawn until the stars appeared. At that time I also said to the people, “Let each man with his servant spend the night within Jerusalem so that they may be a guard for us by night and a laborer by day” (Nehemiah 4:15-22).
- So I [Nehemiah] sent messengers to them [his enemies] saying, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you? . . . all of them were trying to frighten us, thinking, “They will become discouraged with the work and it will not be done” (Nehemiah 6:3, 9).
Work even when we know things are not permanent
- Then Noah began farming and planted a vineyard (Genesis 9:20)
Working as unto the Lord
- Whether, then, you eat of drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).
- Slaves, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ; not be way of eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. With good will render service, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether slave or free. And, masters, do the same things to them . . . (Ephesians 6:5-9).
- Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus. . . (Colossians 3:17).
- Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men; knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve (Colossians 3:23-24).
- Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it . . . (Psalm 127:1).
- Commit your works to the Lord, and your plans will be established (Proverbs 16:3).
Warning against work for vanity
- Here is what I have seen to be good and fitting: to eat, to drink and enjoy oneself in all one’s labor in which he toils under the sun during the few years of his life which God has given him; for this is his reward. Furthermore, as for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, He has also empowered him to eat from them and to receive his reward and rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God (Ecclesiastes 5:18-19).
- [the Lord] will render to every man according to his deeds . . . to those who are selfishly ambitious . . . wrath and indignation (Romans 2:6, 8).
- . . . we have as our ambition, whether at home or absent from the body, to be pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment-seat of Christ . . . (2 Corinthians 5:9-10).
- But if you have . . . selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. For where . . . selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing (James 3:14-16).\
- But you [Baruch], are you seeking great things for yourself? Do not seek them . . . (Jeremiah 45:5).
Working Hard, wealth, profit, hunger and needs met
- . . . the precious possession of a man is diligence (Proverbs 12:27).
- Whatever your hand finds to do, verily, do it with all your might . . . (Ecclesiastes 9:10).
- Sow your seed in the morning, and do not be idle in the evening, for you do not know whether morning or evening sowing will succeed, or whether both of them alike will be good (Ecclesiastes 11:6).
- A worker’s appetite works for him, for his hunger urges him on (Proverbs 16:26).
- He who tills his land will have plenty of bread . . . (Proverbs 12:11).
- He who tends the fig tree will eat its fruit . . . (Proverbs 27:18).
- He who tills his land will have plenty of food . . . (Proverbs 28:19).
- . . . the hand of the diligent makes rich. He who gathers in summer is a son who acts wisely . . . (Proverbs 10:4-5).
- Wealth obtained by fraud dwindles, but the one who gathers by labor increases it (Proverbs 13:11).
- In all labor there is profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty (Proverbs 14:23).
- The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage, but everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty (Proverbs 21:5).
Key to becoming a leader
- The hand of the diligent will rule . . . (Proverbs 12:24).
Hard work key to being happy and sleeping well
- The sleep of the working man is pleasant, whether he eats little or much . . . (Ecclesiastes 5:12).
- When you shall eat of the fruit of your hands, you will be happy and it will be well with you (Psalm 128:1-2).
Don’t over work
- It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors; for He gives to His beloved even in his sleep (Psalm 127:2).
- Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, cease from your consideration of it (Proverbs 23:4).
- Go to the ant, O sluggard, observe her ways and be wise, which, having no chief, officer or ruler, prepares her food in the summer, and gathers her provisions in the harvest (Proverbs 6:6-8).
- . . . he who sleeps in harvest is a son who acts shamefully (Proverbs 10:5).
- Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is the lazy one to those who send him (Proverbs 10:26).
- A slothful man does not roast his prey . . . (Proverbs 12:27).
- The way of the sluggard is as a hedge of thorns . . . (Proverbs 15:19).
- He also who is slack in his work is brother to him who destroys. Proverbs 18:9
- The sluggard buries his hand in the dish, and will not even bring it back to his mouth (Proverbs 19:24).
- The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside; I shall be slain in the streets!” (Proverbs 22:13).
- The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road! A lion in the open square!” As the door turns on its hinges, so does the sluggard on his bed. The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is weary of bringing it to his mouth again. The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can give a discreet answer (Proverbs 26:13-16).
- Laziness casts into a deep sleep, and an idle man will suffer hunger (Proverbs 19:15).
- The sluggard does not plow after the autumn, so he begs during the harvest and has nothing (Proverbs 20:4).
- How long will you lie down, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest – and your poverty will come in like a vagabond, and your need like an armed man (Proverbs 6:9-11).
- Poor is he who works with a negligent hand . . . (Proverbs 10:4).
- In all labor there is profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty (Proverbs 14:23).
- Do not love sleep, lest you become poor . . . (Proverbs 20:13).
- . . . drowsiness will clothe a man with rags (Proverbs 23:21).
- I passed by the field of the sluggard, and by the vineyard of the man lacking in sense; and behold, it was completely overgrown with thistles, its surface was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down. When I saw, I reflected upon it; I looked, and received instruction. A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, then your poverty will come as a robber, and your want like an armed man (Proverbs 24:30-34).
- Through indolence the rafters sag, and through slackness the house leaks (Ecclesiastes 10:18).
Rest and Worship
- By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made (Genesis 2:2-3).
- For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the 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 (Exodus 20:11).
- . . . for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day He ceased from labor, and was refreshed (Exodus 31:17).
- . . . God rested on the seventh day from all His works . . . for the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His (Hebrews 4:4, 10).
- . . . on the seventh day; no work at all shall be done . . . (Exodus 12:16).
- Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you (Exodus 20:9-10).
- Six days you are to do your work, but on the seventh day you shall cease from labor in order that your ox and your donkey may rest, and the son of your female slave, as well as your stranger, may refresh themselves (Exodus 23:12).
- You shall work six days, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the plowing time and harvest you shall rest (Exodus 34:21).
- For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a holy day, a sabbath of complete rest to the Lord; whoever does any work shall be put to death (Exodus 35:2).
- For six days work may be done; but on the seventh day there is a sabbath of complete rest . . . (Leviticus 23:3).
- Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in 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 cattle or your sojourner who stays with you, so that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you (Deuteronomy 5:13-14).
- As for the peoples of the land who bring wares or any grain on the sabbath day to sell, we will not buy from them on the Sabbath . . . (Nehemiah 10:31).
- Thus says the Lord, “Take heed for yourselves, and do not carry any load on the sabbath day or bring anything through the gates of Jerusalem. And you shall not bring a load out of your houses on the sabbath day nor do any work, but keep the sabbath day holy, as I commanded your forefathers . . . bring no load in through the gates of this city on the sabbath day, but to keep the sabbath day holy by doing no work on it (Jeremiah 17:21-22, 24).
- For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there is a sabbath of complete rest, holy to the Lord; whoever does any work on the sabbath day shall surely be put to death (Exodus 31:15).
- . . . they found a man gathering wood on the sabbath day . . . the Lord said to Moses, “The man shall surely be put to death; all the congregation shall stone him with stones outside the camp.” (Numbers 15:32-35).
- In those days I saw in Judah some who were treading wine presses on the sabbath, and bringing in sacks of grain and loading them on donkeys, as well as wine, grapes, figs, and all kinds of loads, and they brought them into Jerusalem on the sabbath day. So I admonished them on the day they sold food. Also men of Tyre were living there who imported fish and all kinds of merchandise, and sold them to the sons of Judah on the sabbath, even in Jerusalem. Them I reprimanded the nobles of Judah and said to them, “What is this evil thing you are doing, by profaning the sabbath day? Did not our fathers do the same so that our God brought on us, and on this city, all this trouble? Yet you are adding to the wrath on Israel by profaning the sabbath.” (Nehemiah 13:15-18).
- if you do not listen to Me to keep the sabbath day holy by not carrying a load and coming in through the gates of Jerusalem on the sabbath day, then I shall kindle a fire in the gates, and it will devour the palaces of Jerusalem and not be quenched (Jeremiah 7:27).
- On the first day shall be a holy convocation, you shall do no laborious work (Numbers 28:18).
- on the seventh day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work (Numbers 28:25).
- . . . on the seventh day there shall be a solemn assembly to the Lord your God; you shall do no work on it (Deuteronomy 16:8).
- the tenth day of this seventh month is the day of atonement . . . Neither shall you do any work on this same day . . . any person who does any work on this same day, that person I will destroy from among his people. You shall do no work at all (Leviticus 23:27-31).
God Granting Success
- The Lord was with Joseph, so he became a successful man. . . his master saw that the Lord was with him and how the Lord caused all that he did to prosper in his hand . . . (Genesis 39:2-3).
- May the Lord reward your work, and your wages be full from the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to seek refuge (Ruth 2:12).
- Now, my son, the Lord be with you that you may be successful, and build the house of the Lord your God just as He has spoken concerning you (1 Chronicles 22:11).
- And I [Nehemiah] told them how the hand of my God had been favorable to me. . . then they said, “Let us arise and build.” So they put their hands to the good work . . . I answered . . . The God of heaven will give us success; therefore we His servants will arise and build . . . (Nehemiah 2:18, 20).
- . . . when our enemies heard that it was known to us, and that God had frustrated their plan, then all of us returned to the wall, each one to his work . . . And I said. . . “The work is great and extensive, and we are separated on the wall far from one another. At whatever place you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us” (Nehemiah 4:15, 19-20).
- So the wall was completed . . . in fifty-two days . . . they recognized that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God (Nehemiah 6:15-16).
- John answered and said, “A man can receive nothing, unless it has been given him from heaven” (John 3:27).
God control promotions
- . . . You rule over all, and in Your hand is power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great, and to strengthen everyone (1 Chronicles 29:12).
- Blessed be the Lord your God who delighted in you, setting you on His throne as king for the Lord your God; because your God loved Israel . . . He made you king over them . . . (2 Chronicles 9:8).
- For not from the east, nor from the west, nor from the desert comes exaltation; but God is the Judge; He puts down one, and exalts another (Psalm 75:6-7).
- You, O king [Nebuchadnezzar], are the king of king, to whom the God of heaven has given the kingdom, the power, the strength, and the glory; and wherever the sons of men dwell . . . He has given them into your hand and caused you to rule oven them all . . . (Daniel 2:37-38).
- . . . [Nebuchadnezzar] recognized that the Most High God is ruler over the realm of mankind, and that He sets over it whomever He wishes (Daniel 5:21).
God’s help in motivating to work
- So the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel . . . and the spirit of Joshua . . . and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and worked on the house of the Lord . . . (Haggai 1:14).
- Responsibilities: Then the commissioners and satraps began trying to find a ground of accusation against Daniel in regard to government affairs; but they could find no ground of accusation or evidence of corruption, inasmuch as he was faithful . . . (Daniel 6:4).
- Promotion and success can be result of employee faithfulness: A servant who acts wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully, and will share in the inheritance among brothers (Proverbs 17:2).
- . . . he who cares for his master will be honored (Proverbs 27:18).
- [because of faithfulness] Daniel enjoyed success in the reign of Darius and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian (Daniel 6:28).
- Behaviors during work: Do not slander your fellow employees: Do not slander a slave to his master, lest he curse you and you be found guilty (Proverbs 30:10).
- Be content with your wage And some soldiers were questioning him [John the Baptist], saying, “And what about us, what shall we do?” And he said to them . . . be content with your wages” (Luke 3:14).
- Moral integrity: . . . his master’s wife looked with desire at Joseph, and she said, “Lie with me.” But he refused and said to his master’s wife. . . [my master] has put all that he owns in my charge. There is no one greater in this house than I, and he has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do this great evil, and sin against God?” (Genesis 39:7-9).
Lord using work to humble us
- Because they [Israel] had rebelled against the words of God, and spurned the counsel of the Most High. Therefore He humbled their heart with labor (Psalm 107:11-12).
Vain pursuits and poverty
- He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, but he who pursues vain things lacks sense (Proverbs 12:11)
- He who tills his land will have plenty of food, but he who follows empty pursuits will have poverty in plenty (Proverbs 28:19).
- Bad Ambition
- But if you have bitter jealously and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing (James 3:14-16).