For Work / Against Work
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References for Theme: Scripture

  • God
    • 1 Corinthians 3 (1982)
      (p.548) So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. {3:8} Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. {3:9} For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, [ye are] God’s building. {3:10} According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. {3:11} For other foundation can no...
    • 1 Corinthians 4 (1982)
      (p.548) Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace; {4:12} And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it: {4:13} Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world. 
    • 2 Thessalonians 3 (1982)
      (p.573) Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us. {3:7} For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you; {3:8} Neither did we eat any man’s bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you: {3:9} Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us. {3:10} For...
    • 2 Timothy 2 (1982)
      (p.574) The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.
    • Deuteronomy 5 (1982)
      (p.39) Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work: {5:14} But the seventh day [is] the sabbath of the LORD thy God: [in it] thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that [is] within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou.
    • Ecclesiastes 1 (1982)
      (p.325) What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun? {1:4} [One] generation passeth away, and [another] generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever. {1:5} The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose. {1:6} The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits. {1:7} All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea [is] not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again....
    • Ecclesiastes 2 (1982)
      (p.325) I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards:  I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all [kind of] fruits:  I made me pools of water, to water therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees:  I got [me] servants and maidens, and had servants born in my house; also I had great possessions of great and small cattle above all that were in Jerusalem before me: I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women...
    • Ecclesiastes 3 (1982)
      (p.326) What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth? {3:10} I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it. {3:11} He hath made every [thing] beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. {3:12} I know that [there is] no good in them, but for [a man] to rejoice, and to do good in his life. {3:13} And also that every man should eat and...
    • Ecclesiastes 4 (1982)
      (p.326) Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbour. This [is] also vanity and vexation of spirit. {4:5} The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh. {4:6} Better [is] an handful [with] quietness, than both the hands full [with] travail and vexation of spirit. {4:7} Then I returned, and I saw vanity under the sun. {4:8} There is one [alone,] and [there is] not a second; yea, he hath neither child nor brother: yet [is there] no end of all his labour; neither is his eye satisfied...
    • Ecclesiastes 5 (1982)
      (p.328) If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for [he that is] higher than the highest regardeth; and [there be] higher than they. {5:9} Moreover the profit of the earth is for all: the king [himself] is served by the field. {5:10} He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this [is] also vanity. {5:11} When goods increase, they are increased that eat them: and what good [is there] to the owners thereof, saving the beholding...
    • Exodus 20 (1982)
      (p.39) And God spake all these words, saying, {20:2} I [am] the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. {20:3} Thou shalt have no other gods before me. {20:4} Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness [of any thing] that [is] in heaven above, or that [is] in the earth beneath, or that [is] in the water under the earth: {20:5} Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God [am] a jealous God, visiting the...
    • Genesis 3 (1982)
      (p.2) And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed [is] the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat [of] it all the days of thy life; {3:18} Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; {3:19} In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou...
    • James 5 (1982)
      (p.584) Go to now, [ye] rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon [you. ]{5:2} Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. {5:3} Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. {5:4} Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the...
    • John 6 (1982)
      (p.510) Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, 
    • Matthew 19 (1982)
      (p.467) Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. {19:24} And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. {19:25} When his disciples heard [it,] they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? {19:26} But Jesus beheld [them,] and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. {19:27} Then answered Peter and said unto...
    • Proverbs 13 (1982)
      (p.317) There is that maketh himself rich, yet [hath] nothing: [there is] that maketh himself poor, yet [hath] great riches. {13:8} The ransom of a man’s life [are] his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke. {13:9} The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out. {13:10} Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised [is] wisdom. {13:11} Wealth [gotten] by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.
    • Proverbs 14 (1982)
      (p.317) In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.
    • Proverbs 20 (1982)
      (p.318) The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour. 
    • Proverbs 23 (1982)
      (p.318) Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom. {23:5} Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for [riches] certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven. 
    • Revelation 18 (1982)
      (p.600) And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. {18:2} And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. {18:3} For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the...
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