World’s Best 15 Bible Verses About Work

Work is a good thing, even if it doesn’t feel like it at the time, so to show that work is God’s will, here are the world’s best 15 Bible verses about work.

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

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 6:27

Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys.
- Proverbs 18:9

So I saw that there is nothing better than that a man should rejoice in his work, for that is his lot. Who can bring him to see what will be after him?
- Ecclesiastes 3:22

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

But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”
- John 5:17

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, and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you.
- 1 Thessalonians 4:10-11

For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.
- 2 Thessalonians 3:10

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

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.
- Ephesians 4:28

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.
- Colossians 3:23-24

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.
- Ecclesiastes 9:10

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

Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established.
- Proverbs 16:3

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.
- 1 Timothy 5:8

Total Quotes Found: 15

5 Stories From The Bible About Work

Here are 5 stories from the Bible about the working Christian.

Unto the Lord

Concerning our jobs, the Apostle Paul said, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men” (Colossians 3:23).  Whatever we do, either a poor job or one that is commendable before God, we are doing it for Him more than for an earthly employer.  Our employers are accountable before God just as we are before God and our employer, so whatever we do, we had better do it “heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,” for it is from the Lord our rewards will come.

All Your Might

The Wisdom of Solomon teaches us that “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” (Ecclesiastes 9:10).  Once a person is passed from this earth, their time of physical labor is passed, so the best advice is that whatever your hand finds to do, just give it all you’ve got.  Make the best effort you can and God will bless it.  Even if you’re employer never sees your hard work, God does, and He’s the only One that counts.

Holy Vocation

One Christian man I know has Proverbs 16:3 on a plaque in his office and it reads: “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”  He tells his employees, if there’s doubt, leave it out, or don’t do something that goes against your conscience.  To admit an honest mistake is ten times better than covering it up, only to be discovered later, so tell the truth.  Your job is a holy vocation.  God in His sovereignty has chosen to place you wherever you are.  Make the best of it, even if it’s a bad situation.  God is pleased with this.


There was a man who I worked with that everyone called a slacker.  He intentionally made his job slow.  He took his time to the point where it looked like he was milking it so he wouldn’t have to work that hard.  Later I found out that this man is prone to seizures and has to work slowly or he risks having another seizure.  He had a reason to go slow, but “Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys” (Proverbs 18:9)?  Who does the slacker destroy?  Perhaps it is his family, his friendships, his co-worker’s relationships, and perhaps even his employer.

Heavenly Rewards

Today we work, but not necessarily for earthly rewards since these will all pass away.  We do as unto the Lord (Matthew 25:4) the things He commands us to do to others (Matthew 25:35-36, 28:18-20; John 13:34-35), but our rewards won’t be a 401-K or a retirement party.  It will be assignments given to us according to our faithfulness on earth.  However faithful we were on earth with what we had, there will be infinitely greater responsibility in the kingdom.

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