30 Important Bible Verses About Opportunity

Proverbs 10:5 – The opportunities of the lazy are like thorny bushes, and those of the diligent are like beautiful flowers that bloom.

“He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.”

Ephesians 5:15-16 – Making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil.”

Colossians 4:5 – Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.

“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.”

Proverbs 20:4 – Sluggards do not plow in season; so at harvest time they look but find nothing.

“A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.”

James 4:17 – If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.

“So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.”

Ecclesiastes 9:10 – Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.”

Proverbs 6:6-8 – Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.

“Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.”

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Proverbs 14:23 – All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.

“In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.”

Romans 12:11 – Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.

“Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.”

Proverbs 13:4 – A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.

“The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.”

Matthew 25:26 – His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed?

“But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed?”

Proverbs 21:25 – The craving of a sluggard will be the death of him because his hands refuse to work.

“The desire of the sluggard kills him, for his hands refuse to labor.”

Matthew 25:29 – For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.

“For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”

1 Corinthians 15:58 – Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”

Proverbs 12:27 – The lazy do not roast any game, but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.

“Whoever is slothful will not roast his game, but the diligent man will get precious wealth.”

Matthew 9:37-38 – Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.’

“Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

2 Corinthians 9:6 – Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.

“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”

Romans 2:6 – He will repay each person according to what they have done.

“He will render to each one according to his works.”

Proverbs 16:3 – Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.

“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”

Galatians 6:9 – Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

Proverbs 24:30-34 – I went past the field of a sluggard, past the vineyard of someone who has no sense; thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins. I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw: A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.

“I passed by the field of a sluggard, by the vineyard of a man lacking sense, and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns; the ground was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down. Then I saw and considered it; I looked and received instruction. A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.”

Matthew 5:16 – In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

Proverbs 21:25 – The craving of a sluggard will be the death of him because his hands refuse to work.

“The desire of the sluggard kills him, for his hands refuse to labor.”

Galatians 6:10 – Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

“So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”

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

“Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.”

John 4:35 – Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.

“Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest.”

Proverbs 26:15 – A sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.

“The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; it wears him out to bring it back to his mouth.”

1 Peter 4:10 – Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”

Proverbs 13:11 – Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.

“Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.”

1 Corinthians 10:31 – So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

Proverbs 18:9 – One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.

“Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys.”

Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

Proverbs 19:15 – Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless go hungry.

“Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger.”

1 Timothy 6:18 – Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.

“They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share.”

Proverbs 20:13 – Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.

“Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.”

Psalm 127:2 – In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat—for he grants sleep to those he loves.

“It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.”

2 Thessalonians 3:10 – For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”

“For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.”

James 2:14-17 – What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”

Proverbs 22:13 – The sluggard says, “There’s a lion outside! I’ll be killed in the public square!”

“The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside! I shall be killed in the streets!””

Proverbs 21:25 – The craving of a sluggard will be the death of him because his hands refuse to work.

“The craving of a sluggard will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work.”

1 Corinthians 15:33 – Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

“Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.””

Colossians 3:23 – Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.”

Proverbs 24:30-34 – I went past the field of a sluggard, past the vineyard of someone who has no sense; thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins. I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw: A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.

“I passed by the field of a sluggard, by the vineyard of a man lacking sense, and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns; the ground was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down. Then I saw and considered it; I looked and received instruction. A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.”

Proverbs 26:14 – As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed.

“As a door turns on its hinges, so does a sluggard on his bed.”

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