Wisdom from Proverbs to keep you from actin'a fool.

Pastor James


“The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”

Genesis 2:15 (NIV)

“I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.”  

John 17:4 (NLT2)

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”

Ephesians 2:10 (NLT2)

“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”

Colossians 3:23 (NLT2)

“...on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value.  If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward.”

1 Corinthians 3:13-14 (NLT2)

“...whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him. For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.”

2 Corinthians 5:9-10 (NLT2)

“Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before.  Then people who are not Christians will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others.”

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 (NLT2)


  1. To Worship Work.

“Anything I wanted, I would take. I denied myself no pleasure. I even found great pleasure in hard work, a reward for all my labors.”

Ecclesiastes 2:10

“But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless—like chasing the wind. There was nothing really worthwhile anywhere.”

Ecclesiastes 2:10-11 (NLT2)

“…what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?”

Matthew 16:26 (NLT2)

“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?

Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?  Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?  “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are....  

These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”

Matthew 6:24-29, 32-33 (NLT2)

“Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich. Be wise enough to know when to quit.  In the blink of an eye wealth disappears, for it will sprout wings and fly away like an eagle.”

Proverbs 23:4-5 (NLT2)

“O God, I beg two favors from you; let me have them before I die. First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the LORD?” And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name.”

Proverbs 30:7-9 (NLT2)

“Better to have little, with fear for the LORD, than to have great treasure and inner turmoil.”

Proverbs 15:16 (NLT2)

2. To Avoid work

The lazy person claims, “There’s a lion on the road! Yes, I’m sure there’s a lion out there!”

Proverbs 26:13 (NLT2)

“As a door swings back and forth on its hinges, so the lazy person turns over in bed.  Lazy people take food in their hand but don’t even lift it to their mouth.  Lazy people consider themselves smarter than seven wise counselors.”

Proverbs 26:14-16 (NLT2)

“Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise!  Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter.  But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up?  A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.”

Proverbs 6:6-11 (NLT2)

Even while we were with you, we gave you this command: “Those unwilling to work will not get to eat.” Yet we hear that some of you are living idle lives, refusing to work and meddling in other people’s business. We command such people and urge them in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and work to earn their own living.”

2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 (NLT2)

Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.”

Proverbs 13:4

“Despite their desires, the lazy will come to ruin, for their hands refuse to work.”

Proverbs 21:25 (NLT2)

“Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty!”

Proverbs 14:23 (NLT2)

3. Be Dishonest at Work

“Stolen bread tastes sweet, but it turns to gravel in the mouth.”

Proverbs 20:17 (NLT2)

“Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold.”

Proverbs 22:1-2 (NLT2)

“Better to have little, with godliness, than to be rich and dishonest.”

Proverbs 16:8 (NLT2)  

“If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need.”

Ephesians 4:28 (NLT2)

“The LORD detests the use of dishonest scales, but he delights in accurate weights.”

Proverbs 11:1 (NLT2)

“Evil people get rich for the moment, but the reward of the godly will last.”

“Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty. Wealth created by a lying tongue is a vanishing mist and a deadly trap.”

Proverbs 21:5-6 (NLT2)

“A person who gets ahead by oppressing the poor or by showering gifts on the rich will end in poverty.”

Proverbs 22:16 (NLT2)