By the sweat of your face you
shall eat bread, till you return
to the ground, for out of it you
were taken; for you are dust, and
to dust you shall return.
You shall not oppress your
neighbor or rob him. The wages of
a hired servant shall not remain
with you all night until the
Has not man a hard service on
earth, and are not his days like
the days of a hired hand? Like a
slave who longs for the shadow,
and like a hired hand who looks
for his wages, so I am allotted
months of emptiness, and nights of
misery are apportioned to me.
Look away from him and leave him
alone, that he may enjoy, like a
hired hand, his day.
Like the cold of snow in the time
of harvest is a faithful messenger
to those who send him; he
refreshes the soul of his masters.
No bag for your journey, nor two
tunics nor sandals nor a staff,
for the laborer deserves his food.
For the kingdom of heaven is like
a master of a house who went out
early in the morning to hire
laborers for his vineyard. After
agreeing with the laborers for a
denarius a day, he sent them into
his vineyard. And going out about
the third hour he saw others
standing idle in the marketplace,
and to them he said, ‘You go into
the vineyard too, and whatever is
right I will give you.’ So they
went. Going out again about the
sixth hour and the ninth hour, he
did the same. ...
His master said to him, ‘Well
done, good and faithful servant.
You have been faithful over a
little; I will set you over much.
Enter into the joy of your
And remain in the same house,
eating and drinking what they
provide, for the laborer deserves
his wages. Do not go from house to
So he went and hired himself out
to one of the citizens of that
country, who sent him into his
fields to feed pigs.
But when he came to himself, he
said, ‘How many of my father's
hired servants have more than
enough bread, but I perish here
I am no longer worthy to be called
your son. Treat me as one of your
One who is faithful in a very
little is also faithful in much,
and one who is dishonest in a very
little is also dishonest in much.
He who is a hired hand and not a
shepherd, who does not own the
sheep, sees the wolf coming and
leaves the sheep and flees, and
the wolf snatches them and
He flees because he is a hired
hand and cares nothing for the
Now to the one who works, his
wages are not counted as a gift
but as his due.
Slaves, obey your earthly masters
with fear and trembling, with a
sincere heart, as you would
Slaves, obey in everything those
who are your earthly masters, not
by way of eye-service, as
people-pleasers, but with
sincerity of heart, fearing the
Whatever you do, work heartily, as
for the Lord and not for men,
For even when we were with you, we
would give you this command: If
anyone is not willing to work, let
him not eat.
(2 Thessalonians 3:10)
But if anyone does not provide for
his relatives, and especially for
members of his household, he has
denied the faith and is worse than
(1 Timothy 5:8)
Behold, the wages of the laborers
who mowed your fields, which you
kept back by fraud, are crying out
against you, and the cries of the
harvesters have reached the ears
of the Lord of hosts.