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Want to know what the Bible says about men working? Here are 23 Bible verses about men working from the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible, New International Version (NIV), sorted from the most relevant to the least relevant.

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1 Timothy 5:8 NIV
Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
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2 Thessalonians 3:10 NIV
For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”
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Genesis 2:15 NIV
The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
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Colossians 3:23 NIV
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,
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1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 NIV
11 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, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
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Proverbs 10:4 NIV
Lazy hands make for poverty,
    but diligent hands bring wealth.
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Proverbs 22:29 NIV
Do you see someone skilled in their work?
    They will serve before kings;
    they will not serve before officials of low rank.
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2 Thessalonians 3:7-9 NIV
7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, 8 nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. 9 We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate.
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Romans 12:19 NIV
Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.
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Ephesians 4:28 NIV
Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.
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2 Thessalonians 3:12 NIV
Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat.
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Proverbs 20:4 NIV
Sluggards do not plow in season;
    so at harvest time they look but find nothing.
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Acts 18:3 NIV
and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them.
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Proverbs 18:9 NIV
One who is slack in his work
    is brother to one who destroys.
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Proverbs 20:13 NIV
Do not love sleep or you will grow poor;
    stay awake and you will have food to spare.
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John 5:17 NIV
In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.”
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Proverbs 14:23 NIV
All hard work brings a profit,
    but mere talk leads only to poverty.
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1 Chronicles 22:15 NIV
You have many workers: stonecutters, masons and carpenters, as well as those skilled in every kind of work
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Colossians 3:23-24 NIV
23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
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Acts 20:33-35 NIV
33 I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. 34 You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions. 35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’
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