And to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.

  • 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12


Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.

  • Romans 12:11


A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.

  • Proverbs 13:4


Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.

  • Ephesians 4:28


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


For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat.

  • 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12


Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.

  • Proverbs 28:19


A man’s field may produce abundant food, but injustice sweeps it away.

  • Proverbs 13:23


The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops.

  • 2 Timothy 2:6


I went past the field of a sluggard, past the vineyard of someone who has no sense; thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins. I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw: A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.

  • Proverbs 24:30-34


Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.

  • Proverbs 20:13


The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.

  • Proverbs 15:19


The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.

  • Proverbs 21:5


Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.

  • Proverbs 12:24


Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense.

  • Proverbs 12:11


Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds.

  • Proverbs 27:23

You will have plenty of goats’ milk to feed your family and to nourish your female servants.

  • Proverbs 27:27


This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a man to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in his toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given him—for this is his lot. Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work—this is a gift of God.

  • Ecclesiastes 5:18-19