17 Verses from Proverbs in honor of Labor Day

Yesterday, at least in the United States, we celebrated Labor Day; a day where we celebrate the hard work of the laborer that has helped make our country great.

In honor of that I thought it would be fitting to share some verses from the Book of Proverbs. Proverbs is a terrific book of wisdom and much of that wisdom is related to work and finances. I truly believe if you simply follow the financial principles found in the book of Proverbs, you will have a solid grasp of the principles you will need to follow to be successful.

One of the recurring themes of the proverbs is the reward of hard work vs. the danger of being lazy. While I’m sure we can all think of cases where hard work wasn’t rewarded or the undeserving were promoted, this isn’t the norm. Remember proverbs are general truths that illustrate how the world most often works.

In most cases if you work hard it will be noticed and eventually you will be rewarded for your effort.

Here are 17 of those proverbs to encourage you as we celebrate labor this week.


Anyone too lazy to cook will starve, but a hard worker is a valuable treasure. Proverbs 12:27 CEV

The hungrier you are, the harder you work.  Proverbs 16:26 CEV

A hard worker has plenty of food, but a person who chases fantasies has no sense.  Proverbs 12:11 NLT

As workers who tend a fig tree are allowed to eat the fruit, so workers who protect their employer’s interests will be rewarded.  Proverbs 27:18 NLT

Work hard, and you will have a lot of food; waste time, and you will have a lot of trouble. Proverbs 28:19 CEV

Being lazy will make you poor, but hard work will make you rich. A sensible person gathers the crops when they are ready; it is a disgrace to sleep through the time of harvest.  Proverbs 10:4-5 GNT

Wealth gained quickly will dwindle away, but the one who gathers it little by little will become rich.  Proverbs 13:11 NET

In all hard work there is profit, but merely talking about it only brings poverty.  Proverbs 14:23 NET

Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.  Proverbs 21:5 NLT

Lazy people want much but get little, while the diligent are prospering.  Proverbs 13:4 TLB

Work hard, and you will be a leader; be lazy, and you will end up a slave.  Proverbs 12:24 CEV

Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich. Be wise enough to know when to quit.  Proverbs 23:4 NLT

Lazy people irritate their employers, like vinegar to the teeth or smoke in the eyes.  Proverbs 10:26 NLT

A servant who acts wisely will rule over an heir who behaves shamefully, and will share the inheritance along with the relatives.  Proverbs 17:2 NET

Don’t blow the whistle on your fellow workers behind their backs; They’ll accuse you of being underhanded, and then you’ll be the guilty one!  Proverbs 30:10 MSG

Don’t build your house and establish a home until your fields are ready, and you are sure that you can earn a living.  Proverbs 24:27 GNT

Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.  Proverbs 22:29 NIV

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