• Commanded.

    Ephesians 4:28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

    1 Thessalonians 4:11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;

  • Required of man in a state of innocence.

    Genesis 2:15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

  • Required of man after the fall.

    Genesis 3:23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

  • industry (KJV Dictionary)

  • To be suspended on the Sabbath.

    Exodus 20:10 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, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:

  • Characteristic of godly women.

    Proverbs 31:13-31 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. 14 She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar. 15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. 16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. ...

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  • Early rising necessary to.

    Proverbs 31:15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

  • Bible concordance for INDUSTRY

    • Our own wants.

      Acts 20:34 Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.

      1 Thessalonians 2:9 For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God.

    • Wants of others.

      Acts 20:35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

      Ephesians 4:28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

  • The slothful devoid of.

    Proverbs 24:30-31 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; 31 And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.

    • Increase of substance.

      Proverbs 13:11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.

    • Affection of relatives.

      Proverbs 31:28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

    • General commendation.

      Proverbs 31:31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

  • Illustrated.

    Proverbs 6:6-8 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: 7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, 8 Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.

  • Exemplified.


    Genesis 29:9 And while he yet spake with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep: for she kept them.


    Genesis 31:6 And ye know that with all my power I have served your father.

    Jethro's daughters,

    Exodus 2:10 And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.


    Ruth 2:2-3 And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter. 3 And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech.


    1 Kings 11:28 And the man Jeroboam was a mighty man of valour: and Solomon seeing the young man that he was industrious, he made him ruler over all the charge of the house of Joseph.


    1 Samuel 16:11 And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither.

    Jewish elders,

    Ezra 6:14-15 And the elders of the Jews builded, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they builded, and finished it, according to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the commandment of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia. 15 And this house was finished on the third day of the month Adar, which was in the sixth year of the reign of Darius the king.


    Acts 9:39 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.


    Acts 18:3 And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers.

    1 Corinthians 4:12 And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:

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