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Bible Verses About Working Diligently

Working diligently is a virtue. Proverbs 14:23 says “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” Are you working hard? Do you know someone who could use a little motivation to get going? Share this verse with them.

Just as the Bible does not tell you what to believe, it does not tell you how to live. The Bible is a manual for life, a guide to understanding how humanity works and how you can begin to improve yourself. It’s not just a book of values or morals; it is also a book on efficiency and productivity. Whether you are looking to modernize your current life or improve your career prospects, this article will provide you with some biblical advice on working diligently.

Focusing on your daily tasks can be difficult when you’re working on a team with other people. If you’re willing to put in the effort and make sure you do your job well, you will see great results. It can be challenging to work well with others when everyone has their own ideas about what needs to get done. The important thing is not to give up! Keep trying, keep working, and eventually it will all come together. I hope these Bible verses on working diligently are helpful to you in the workplace!


Proverbs 13:4 ESV / 641 helpful votes 

The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.

Proverbs 10:4 ESV / 547 helpful votes 

A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

Galatians 6:9 ESV / 435 helpful votes 

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

Proverbs 12:24 ESV / 350 helpful votes 

The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor.

1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV / 318 helpful votes 

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

Proverbs 22:29 ESV / 294 helpful votes 

Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.

2 Peter 1:10 ESV / 280 helpful votes 

Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall.

2 Peter 3:14 ESV / 265 helpful votes 

Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.

2 Timothy 2:15 ESV / 261 helpful votes 

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 ESV / 243 helpful votes 

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.

Proverbs 11:27 ESV / 181 helpful votes 

Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favor, but evil comes to him who searches for it.

James 1:12 ESV / 156 helpful votes 

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

Proverbs 6:6-8 ESV / 153 helpful votes 

Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.

Colossians 3:23 ESV / 150 helpful votes 

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,

Philippians 3:14 ESV / 141 helpful votes 

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Exodus 15:26 ESV / 139 helpful votes 

Saying, “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the Lord your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, your healer.”

Proverbs 4:23 ESV / 134 helpful votes 

Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.

Proverbs 21:5 ESV / 131 helpful votes 

The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.

Hebrews 11:6 ESV / 124 helpful votes 

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

2 Corinthians 8:7 ESV / 105 helpful votes 

But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also.

Hebrews 6:10-12 ESV / 104 helpful votes 

For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do. And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Hebrews 6:11 ESV / 100 helpful votes 

And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end,

2 Peter 1:5 ESV / 99 helpful votes 

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge,

John 9:4 ESV / 96 helpful votes 

We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.

Proverbs 12:27 ESV / 96 helpful votes 

Whoever is slothful will not roast his game, but the diligent man will get precious wealth.

2 Chronicles 31:21 ESV / 94 helpful votes 

And every work that he undertook in the service of the house of God and in accordance with the law and the commandments, seeking his God, he did with all his heart, and prospered.

2 Peter 1:5-7 ESV / 84 helpful votes 

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.

Proverbs 12:11 ESV / 82 helpful votes 

Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.

Deuteronomy 6:17 ESV / 80 helpful votes 

You shall diligently keep the commandments of the Lord your God, and his testimonies and his statutes, which he has commanded you.

Romans 12:2 ESV / 79 helpful votes 

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Deuteronomy 4:9 ESV / 77 helpful votes 

“Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children—

Psalm 77:6 ESV / 76 helpful votes 

I said, “Let me remember my song in the night; let me meditate in my heart.” Then my spirit made a diligent search:

Proverbs 27:23 ESV / 74 helpful votes 

Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds,

Isaiah 55:2 ESV / 72 helpful votes 

Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.

Mark 1:35 ESV / 65 helpful votes 

And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.

Proverbs 8:17 ESV / 64 helpful votes 

I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.

Romans 12:8 ESV / 63 helpful votes 

The one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

Acts 18:25 ESV / 61 helpful votes 

He had been instructed in the way of the Lord. And being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John.

Proverbs 4:13 ESV / 57 helpful votes 

Keep hold of instruction; do not let go; guard her, for she is your life.

Psalm 119:60 ESV / 57 helpful votes 

I hasten and do not delay to keep your commandments.

1 Chronicles 22:19 ESV / 56 helpful votes 

Now set your mind and heart to seek the Lord your God. Arise and build the sanctuary of the Lord God, so that the ark of the covenant of the Lord and the holy vessels of God may be brought into a house built for the name of the Lord.”

2 Timothy 4:2 ESV / 55 helpful votes 

Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.

Jude 1:3 ESV / 54 helpful votes 

Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.

Acts 5:42 ESV / 54 helpful votes 

And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.

2 Corinthians 8:22 ESV / 53 helpful votes 

And with them we are sending our brother whom we have often tested and found earnest in many matters, but who is now more earnest than ever because of his great confidence in you.

Proverbs 14:23 ESV / 53 helpful votes 

In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.

Hebrews 12:15 ESV / 52 helpful votes 

See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled;

Proverbs 10:22 ESV / 52 helpful votes 

The blessing of the Lord makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.

Philippians 3:13 ESV / 50 helpful votes 

Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,

Romans 12:11 ESV / 49 helpful votes 

Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 2:9 ESV / 45 helpful votes 

For you remember, brothers, our labor and toil: we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God.

Hebrews 12:1-2 ESV / 41 helpful votes 

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 4:12 ESV / 41 helpful votes 

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

2 Timothy 1:17 ESV / 41 helpful votes 

But when he arrived in Rome he searched for me earnestly and found me—

Colossians 3:2 ESV / 41 helpful votes 

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

Nehemiah 4:6 ESV / 41 helpful votes 

So we built the wall. And all the wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.

Proverbs 12:14 ESV / 40 helpful votes 

From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied with good, and the work of a man’s hand comes back to him.

Deuteronomy 28:1 ESV / 40 helpful votes 

“And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth.

Ezra 5:8 ESV / 38 helpful votes 

Be it known to the king that we went to the province of Judah, to the house of the great God. It is being built with huge stones, and timber is laid in the walls. This work goes on diligently and prospers in their hands.

James 1:2-4 ESV / 36 helpful votes 

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Ruth 2:17 ESV / 36 helpful votes 

So she gleaned in the field until evening. Then she beat out what she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah of barley.

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV / 35 helpful votes 

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

1 Timothy 3:10 ESV / 34 helpful votes 

And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless.

2 Peter 1:3 ESV / 33 helpful votes 

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,

Jeremiah 33:3 ESV / 33 helpful votes 

Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.

Ephesians 1:13 ESV / 32 helpful votes 

In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,

Romans 10:17 ESV / 32 helpful votes 

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

Jeremiah 15:16 ESV / 32 helpful votes 

Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts.

1 Corinthians 2:14 ESV / 31 helpful votes 

The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.

Galatians 2:16 ESV / 30 helpful votes 

Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.

Romans 6:13 ESV / 30 helpful votes 

Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.

Luke 12:58 ESV / 30 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful

As you go with your accuser before the magistrate, make an effort to settle with him on the way, lest he drag you to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and the officer put you in prison.

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