Here is a list of passages I collected in the book of Proverbs regarding work
Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair.
6 Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise! 7 Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, 8 they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter. 9 But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up? 10 A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— 11 then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.
Proverbs 8:27–31 27 I was there when he established the heavens, when he drew the horizon on the oceans. 28 I was there when he set the clouds above, when he established springs deep in the earth. 29 I was there when he set the limits of the seas, so they would not spread beyond their boundaries. And when he marked off the earth’s foundations, 30 I was the architect at his side. I was his constant delight, rejoicing always in his presence. 31 And how happy I was with the world he created; how I rejoiced with the human family!
4 Lazy people are soon poor; hard workers get rich. 5 A wise youth harvests in the summer, but one who sleeps during harvest is a disgrace.
Lazy people are soon poor; hard workers get rich.
Lazy people irritate their employers, like vinegar to the teeth or smoke in the eyes.
To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction.
9 Better to be an ordinary person with a servant than to be self-important but have no food. 10 The godly care for their animals, but the wicked are always cruel. 11 A hard worker has plenty of food, but a person who chases fantasies has no sense. 12 Thieves are jealous of each other’s loot, but the godly are well rooted and bear their own fruit.
A hard worker has plenty of food, but a person who chases fantasies has no sense.
Thieves are jealous of each other’s loot, but the godly are well rooted and bear their own fruit.
Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.
Lazy people don’t even cook the game they catch, but the diligent make use of everything they find.
Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.
Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time.
If you ignore criticism, you will end in poverty and disgrace; if you accept correction, you will be honored.
Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.
Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.
Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty!
A lazy person’s way is blocked with briers, but the path of the upright is an open highway.
Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.
It is good for workers to have an appetite; an empty stomach drives them on.
A lazy person is as bad as someone who destroys things.
Intelligent people are always ready to learn. Their ears are open for knowledge.
Lazy people sleep soundly, but idleness leaves them hungry.
Lazy people take food in their hand but don’t even lift it to their mouth.
Those too lazy to plow in the right season will have no food at the harvest.
If you love sleep, you will end in poverty. Keep your eyes open, and there will be plenty to eat!
An inheritance obtained too early in life is not a blessing in the end.
5 Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty. 6 Wealth created by a lying tongue is a vanishing mist and a deadly trap.
Despite their desires, the lazy will come to ruin, for their hands refuse to work.
The lazy person claims, “There’s a lion out there! If I go outside, I might be killed!”
A person who gets ahead by oppressing the poor or by showering gifts on the rich will end in poverty.
Do you see any truly competent workers? They will serve kings rather than working for ordinary people.
29 Who has anguish? Who has sorrow? Who is always fighting? Who is always complaining? Who has unnecessary bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? 30 It is the one who spends long hours in the taverns, trying out new drinks.
30 It is the one who spends long hours in the taverns, trying out new drinks. 31 Don’t gaze at the wine, seeing how red it is, how it sparkles in the cup, how smoothly it goes down. 32 For in the end it bites like a poisonous snake; it stings like a viper. 33 You will see hallucinations, and you will say crazy things. 34 You will stagger like a sailor tossed at sea, clinging to a swaying mast. 35 And you will say, “They hit me, but I didn’t feel it. I didn’t even know it when they beat me up. When will I wake up so I can look for another drink?”
30 I walked by the field of a lazy person, the vineyard of one with no common sense. 31 I saw that it was overgrown with nettles. It was covered with weeds, and its walls were broken down. 32 Then, as I looked and thought about it, I learned this lesson: 33 A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— 34 then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.
A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.
13 The lazy person claims, “There’s a lion on the road! Yes, I’m sure there’s a lion out there!” 14 As a door swings back and forth on its hinges, so the lazy person turns over in bed. 15 Lazy people take food in their hand but don’t even lift it to their mouth. 16 Lazy people consider themselves smarter than seven wise counselors.
As workers who tend a fig tree are allowed to eat the fruit, so workers who protect their employer’s interests will be rewarded.
The wicked run away when no one is chasing them, but the godly are as bold as lions.
24 There are four things on earth that are small but unusually wise: 25 Ants—they aren’t strong, but they store up food all summer.