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God and Work - What the Bible Says

Understanding work from God's view

"Every day, millions of workers go to work without seeing the slightest
connection between what they do all day and what God wants done in the world." -- Doug Sherman

We Are Made in God's Image - In Work We Express His Creativity

"The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it."  Genesis 2:15 (NIV)

"You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day." Deuteronomy 8:18 (ESV)

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving."  Colossians 3:23-25

"A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing."  Proverbs 20:4 (NIV)

"Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth. He who gathers crops in summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son."  Proverbs 10:4-5 (NIV)

"A hard worker has plenty of food, but a person who chases fantasies has no sense."  Proverbs 12:11 (NLT)

"If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever."  1 Timothy 5:8 (NIV)

"Even while we were with you, we gave you this command: “Those unwilling to work will not get to eat.” Yet we hear that some of you are living idle lives, refusing to work and meddling in other people’s business. We command such people and urge them in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and work to earn their own living." 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 (NLT)

"Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper."  Proverbs 13:4 (NLT)

"Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time. Proverbs 13:11 (NLT)
Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty!"  Proverbs 14:23 (NLT)

"Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. Then people who are not Christians will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others."         1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

"Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare."  Proverbs 20:13 (NIV)

"He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap."  Ecclesiastes 11:4 (ESV)

"Plant your seed in the morning and keep busy all afternoon, for you don’t know if profit will come from one activity or another—or maybe both."   Ecclesiastes 11:6 (NLT)

"Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men." Proverbs 22:29 (ESV)

"Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds."  Proverbs 27:23

"He who works his land will have abundant food, but the one who chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty."  Proverbs 28:19 (NIV)




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