Also called: Business, Career, Diligence, Industry, Occupations
Labor or occupation, whether it is a person’s primary means of livelihood or not.

Top Bible Verses about Work

Genesis 2:15

And Yahweh God took the man and set him in the garden of Eden to cultivate it and to keep it. Read Genesis 2:15
Genesis 3:19

Genesis 3:17–19

And to Adam he said, “Because you listened to the voice of your wife and you ate from the tree from which I forbade you to eat, the ground shall be cursed on your account. In pain you shall eat from it all the days of your life. And thorns and thistles shall sprout for you, and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you shall eat bread, until your return to the ground. For from it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Read Genesis 3:17–19
Psalm 127:1

Psalm 127:1

Unless Yahweh builds a house, its builders labor at it in vain. Unless Yahweh guards a city, a guard watches in vain. Read Psalm 127:1

Proverbs 22:29

A man who is skillful in his work, you shall see: before kings, he will serve; he will not serve before the commoners. Read Proverbs 22:29

Ecclesiastes 2:24

There is nothing better for a person than to eat and drink and find delight in his toil. For I also realized that this is from the hand of God! Read Ecclesiastes 2:24
Colossians 3:23

Colossians 3:23–24

Whatever you do, accomplish it from the soul, as to the Lord, and not to people, because you know that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. Serve the Lord Christ. Read Colossians 3:23–24

2 Thessalonians 3:10–11

For even when we were with you, we used to command this to you: that if anyone does not want to work, neither should he eat. For we hear that some among you are living irresponsibly, working at nothing, but being busybodies. Read 2 Thessalonians 3:10–11

Famous Christian Quotes About Work, Business, Career, Diligence, Industry, Occupations

Do Not Be Afraid of Self-Denial

Do you dread poverty? Christ calls the poor blessed. Does toil frighten you? No athlete is crowned but in the sweat of his brow. Are you anxious as regards food? Faith fears no famine. Do you dread the bare ground for limbs wasted with fasting? The Lord lies there beside you. Do you recoil from an unwashed head and uncombed hair? Christ is your true head. Does the boundless solitude of the desert terrify you? In the Spirit you may walk always in paradise. Simply turn your thoughts there and you will no more be in the desert. Is your skin rough and scaly because you no longer bathe? He who is once washed in Christ does not need to wash again. To all your objections the apostle gives this one brief answer: “The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory” which shall come after them, “which shall be revealed in us.” You are too greedy of enjoyment, my brother, if you wish to rejoice with the world here, and to reign with Christ hereafter.


Use What You Have for Others

If you have accumulated wealth, expend it on others; if you have the faculty of teaching, do not bury the talent, but bring it out publicly for the sake of those who need it! Or if you have any other advantage, become useful to those who require the benefit of your labors! Do you not see that for this reason, especially, the bee is more honored than the other animals; not because she labors, but because she labors for others? For the spider also labors, and toils, and spreads out his fine textures over the walls, surpassing the utmost skill of woman; but the creature is without estimation, since his work is in no way profitable to us; such are those who labor and toil, but for themselves!

John Chrysostom

Using and Misusing Knowledge

There are some who desire to know simply for the sake of knowing, and this is shameful curiosity. And there are some who desire to know in order that they may become known themselves, and this is shameful vanity.… And some there are who desire to know in order to trade with their knowledge, bartering it for gold or for honors, and this is shameful traffic. But there are some also who desire to know in order to edify, and this is charity. And some, finally, who desire to know in order to be edified, and this is prudence. Of the above-mentioned classes, the last two alone are free from the guilt of abusing knowledge, for only these seek understanding as a means of well-doing.

Bernard of Clairvaux
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