Then they departed from Bethel; but while they still had some
distance to go on the way to Ephrath, Rachel began to be in labor
and to suffer great distress. [GEN 35:16]
Accordingly, taskmasters were set over the Israelites to
oppress them with forced labor. Thus they had to build for Pharaoh
the supply cities of Pithom and Raamses. [EX 1:11]
On one occasion, after Moses had grown up, when he visited his kinsmen and witnessed their forced labor, he saw an Egyptian striking a Hebrew, one of his own kinsmen. Looking about and seeing no one, he slew the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.
The king of Egypt answered them, "What do you mean, Moses and Aaron, by taking the people away from their work? Off to your labor!
Look how numerous the people of the land are already," continued Pharaoh, "and yet you would give them rest from their labor!" That very day Pharaoh gave the taskmasters and foremen of the people this order: "You shall no longer supply the people with straw for their
brick making as you have previously done. Let them go and gather straw themselves! Yet you shall levy upon them the same quota of bricks as they have previously made. Do not reduce it."
[Taken from EX 5:4-8]
God also said to Moses, "I am the LORD. As God the
Almighty I appeared to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, but my name,
LORD, I did not make known to them. I also established my covenant
with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land in which they
were living as aliens. And now that I have heard the groaning of
the Israelites, whom the Egyptians are treating as slaves, I am
mindful of my covenant. Therefore, say to the Israelites: I am the
LORD. I will free you from the forced labor of the Egyptians and
will deliver you from their slavery. I will rescue you by my
outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you
as my own people, and you shall have me as your God. You will know
that I, the LORD, am your God when I free you from the labor of
the Egyptians and bring you into the land which I swore to give to
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I will give it to you as your own
possession - I, the LORD!" [EX 6:2-8]
"Remember to keep holy the sabbath day. Six days you may labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD, your God. No work may be done then either by you, or your son or
daughter... In six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them; but on the seventh day he rested. That is why the LORD has blessed the sabbath day and made it holy."
[Taken from EX 20:8-11]
"You shall not defraud or rob your neighbor. You shall not
withhold overnight the wages of your day laborer." [LEV 19:13]
'When the Egyptians maltreated and oppressed us, imposing hard
labor upon us, we cried to the LORD, the God of our fathers, and
he heard our cry and saw our affliction, our toil and our
oppression. He brought us out of Egypt with his strong hand and
outstretched arm, with terrifying power, with signs and wonders;
and bringing us into this country, he gave us this land flowing
with milk and honey. Therefore, I have now brought you the first
fruits of the products of the soil which you, O LORD, have given
me.' And having set them before the LORD, your God, you shall bow
down in his presence. Then you and your family, together with the
Levite and the aliens who live among you, shall make merry over
all these good things which the LORD, your God, has given you. [DEUT
A people whom you do not know will consume the fruit of your
soil and of all your labor, and you will be oppressed and crushed
at all times without surcease [Taken from DEUT 28:33]
Then the LORD, your God, will increase in more than goodly measure the returns from all your labors, the fruit of your womb, the offspring of your livestock, and the produce of your soil; for the LORD, your God, will again take delight in your prosperity, even as he took delight in your
fathers', if only you heed the voice of the LORD, your God, and keep his commandments and statutes that are written in this book of the law, when you return to the LORD, your God, with all your heart and all your soul.
His daughter-in-law, the wife of Phinehas, was with child and
at the point of giving birth. When she heard the news concerning
the capture of the ark and the deaths of her father-in-law and her
husband, she was seized with the pangs of labor, and gave birth.
This is an account of the forced labor which King Solomon
levied in order to build the temple of the LORD, his palace, Millo,
the wall of Jerusalem, Hazor, Megiddo, Gezer [Taken from 1KGS 9:15]
Jeroboam was a man of means, and when Solomon saw that he was
also an industrious young man, he put him in charge of the entire
labor force of the house of Joseph. [1KGS 11:28]
"I intend to build a house for the honor of the LORD, my
God, and to consecrate it to him... And the house I intend to
build must be large, for our God is greater than all other gods.
Yet who is really able to build him a house, since the heavens and
even the highest heavens cannot contain him? And who am I that I
should build him a house, unless it be to offer incense in his
presence? Now, send me men skilled at work in gold, silver, bronze
and iron, in purple, crimson, and violet fabrics, and who know how
to do engraved work, to join the craftsmen who are with me in
Judah and Jerusalem, whom my father David appointed. Also send me
boards of cedar, cypress and cabinet wood from Lebanon, for I
realize that your servants know how to cut the wood of the
Lebanon. My servants will labor with yours in order to prepare for
me a great quantity of wood, since the house I intend to build
must be lofty and wonderful. I will furnish as food for your
servants, the hewers who cut the wood, twenty thousand kors of
wheat, twenty thousand kors of barley, twenty thousand measures of
wine, and twenty thousand measures of oil." [Taken from
All the people that remained of the Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites, who were not of
Israel - that is, their descendants remaining in the land, whom the Israelites had not
destroyed - Solomon subjected to forced labor [Taken from 2CHRON
The workmen labored, and the task of restoration progressed
under their hands. They restored the house of God according to its
original form, and reinforced it. [2CHRON 24:13]
All the men of Israel cried to God with great fervor and did
penance - they, along with their wives, and children, and domestic animals. All their resident aliens, hired laborers, and slaves also girded themselves with sackcloth. And all the Israelite men, women and children who lived in Jerusalem prostrated themselves in front of the temple building, with ashes strewn on their heads, displaying their sackcloth covering before the Lord.
For us who have taken upon ourselves the labor of making this digest, the task, far from being easy, is one of sweat and of sleepless nights, just as the preparation of a festive banquet is no light matter for one who thus seeks to give enjoyment to others. Similarly, to win the gratitude of many we will gladly endure these inconveniences,
while we leave the responsibility for exact details to the original author, and confine our efforts to giving only a summary outline.
You water the mountains from your palace; by your labor the
earth abounds. [PS 104:13]
People go forth to their work, to their labor till evening
falls. [PS 104:23]
Unless the LORD build the house, they labor in vain who build.
Unless the LORD guard the city, in vain does the guard keep watch.
In all labor there is profit, but mere talk tends only to
penury. [PROV 14:23]
The laborer's appetite labors for him, for his mouth urges him
on. [PROV 16:26]
He who sows iniquity reaps calamity, and the rod destroys his
labors. [PROV 22:8]
When one finds a worthy wife, her value is far beyond pearls.
Her husband, entrusting his heart to her, has an unfailing prize.
She brings him good, and not evil, all the days of her life. She
watches the conduct of her household, and eats not her food in
idleness. Her children rise up and praise her; her husband, too,
extols her: "Many are the women of proven worth, but you have
excelled them all." Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting;
the woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Give her a reward
of her labors, and let her works praise her at the city gates.
Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth, vanity of vanities! All things are vanity! What profit has man from all the labor which he toils at under the sun? One generation passes and another comes, but the world forever stays.
All speech is labored; there is nothing man can say. The eye is
not satisfied with seeing nor is the ear filled with hearing.
And I detested all the fruits of my labor under the sun,
because I must leave them to a man who is to come after me. And
who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will
have control over all the fruits of my wise labor under the sun.
This also is vanity. So my feelings turned to despair of all the
fruits of my labor under the sun. For here is a man who has
labored with wisdom and knowledge and skill, and to another, who
has not labored over it, he must leave his property. This also is
vanity and a great misfortune. For what profit comes to a man from
all the toil and anxiety of heart with which he has labored under
the sun? All his days sorrow and grief are his occupation; even at
night his mind is not at rest. This also is vanity. There is
nothing better for man than to eat and drink and provide himself
with good things by his labors. Even this, I realized, is from the
hand of God. For who can eat or drink apart from him? [ECCL 2:18-25]
For every man, moreover, to eat and drink and enjoy the fruit
of all his labor is a gift of God. [ECCL 3:13]
Two are better than one: they get a good wage for their labor. If the one falls, the other will lift up his companion. Woe to the solitary man! For if he should fall, he has no one to lift him up.
Sleep is sweet to the laboring man, whether he eats little or
much, but the rich man's abundance allows him no sleep. [ECCL
As he came forth from his mother's womb, so again shall he
depart, naked as he came, having nothing from his labor that he
can carry in his hand. [ECCL 5:14]
Here is what I recognize as good: it is well for a man to eat
and drink and enjoy all the fruits of his labor under the sun
during the limited days of the life which God gives him; for this
is his lot. [ECCL 5:17]
Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of the
fleeting life that is granted you under the sun. This is your lot
in life, for the toil of your labors under the sun. [ECCL 9:9]
For he who despises wisdom and instruction is doomed. Vain is
their hope, fruitless are their labors, and worthless are their
works. [WISDOM 3:11]
Fearful shall they come, at the counting up of their sins, and their lawless deeds shall convict them to their face.
Then shall the just one with great assurance confront his
oppressors who set at nought his labors. [WISDOM 4:20, 5:1]
But Wisdom delivered from tribulations those who served her. She, when the just man fled from his brother's anger, guided him in direct ways,
Showed him the kingdom of God and gave him knowledge of holy things;
She prospered him in his labors and made abundant the fruit of his works,
Stood by him against the greed of his defrauders, and enriched him; She preserved him from foes, and secured him against ambush,
And she gave him the prize for his stern struggle that he might know that devotion to God is mightier than all else.
[Wisdom] entered the soul of the LORD'S servant, and withstood fearsome kings with signs and portents; she gave the holy ones the recompense of their labors,
Conducted them by a wondrous road, and became a shelter for them by day and a starry flame by night.
[Taken from WISDOM 10:17]
Men who lived so far away that they could not honor him in his
presence copied the appearance of the distant king And made a
public image of him they wished to honor, out of zeal to flatter
him when absent, as though present. And to promote this observance
among those to whom it was strange, the artisan's ambition
provided a stimulus. For he, mayhap in his determination to please
the ruler, labored over the likeness to the best of his skill; And
the masses, drawn by the charm of the workmanship, soon thought he
should be worshiped who shortly before was honored as a man. And
this became a snare for mankind, that men enslaved to either grief
or tyranny conferred the incommunicable Name on stocks and stones.
Then it was not enough for them to err in their knowledge of God;
but even though they live in a great war of ignorance, they call
such evils peace. [WISDOM 14:17-22]
My son, from your youth embrace discipline; thus will you find wisdom with graying hair. As though plowing and sowing, draw close to her; then await her bountiful crops. For in cultivating her you will labor but little, and soon you will eat of her fruits.
Hate not laborious tasks, nor farming, which was ordained by
the Most High. [SIRACH 7:15]
Mistreat not a servant who faithfully serves, nor a laborer who
devotes himself to his task. [SIRACH 7:20]
The sign of a good heart is a cheerful countenance; withdrawn
and perplexed is the laborious schemer. [SIRACH 13:25]
Let anything you hear die within you; be assured it will not make you burst. When a fool hears something, he is in labor, like a woman giving birth to a child. Like an arrow lodged in a man's thigh is gossip in the breast of a fool.
Concern for one's livelihood banishes slumber; more than a
serious illness it disturbs repose. The rich man labors to pile up
wealth, and his only rest is wanton pleasure; The poor man toils
for a meager subsistence, and if ever he rests, he finds himself
in want. The lover of gold will not be free from sin, for he who
pursues wealth is led astray by it. Many have been ensnared by
gold, though destruction lay before their eyes; It is a stumbling
block to those who are avid for it, a snare for every fool.
He slays his neighbor who deprives him of his living: he sheds
blood who denies the laborer his wages. [SIRACH 34:22]
Speak not to a woman about her rival, nor to a coward about
war, to a merchant about business, to a buyer about value, to a
miser about generosity, to a cruel man about mercy, to a lazy man
about work, to a seasonal laborer about the harvest, to an idle
slave about a great task: pay no attention to any advice they
give. [SIRACH 37:11]
How long will you be deprived of wisdom's food, how long will you endure such bitter thirst? I open my mouth and speak of her: gain, at no cost, wisdom for yourselves. Submit your neck to her yoke, that your mind may accept her teaching.
For she is close to those who seek her, and the one who is in earnest finds her. See for yourselves! I have labored only a little, but have found much. Acquire but a little instruction; you will win silver and gold through her.
Howl, for the day of the LORD is near; as destruction from the Almighty it comes. Therefore all hands fall helpless, the bows of the young men fall from their hands.
Every man's heart melts in terror. Pangs and sorrows take hold of them, like a woman in labor they writhe; They look aghast at each other, their faces aflame.
Shame, O Sidon, fortress on the sea, for the sea has spoken:
"I have not been in labor, nor given birth, nor raised young
men, nor reared virgins." [ISA 23:4]
The LORD goes forth like a hero, like a warrior he stirs up his
ardor; He shouts out his battle cry, against his enemies he shows
his might: I have looked away, and kept silence, I have said
nothing, holding myself in; But now, I cry out as a woman in
labor, gasping and panting. I will lay waste mountains and hills,
all their herbage I will dry up; I will turn the rivers into
marshes, and the marshes I will dry up. I will lead the blind on
their journey; by paths unknown I will guide them. I will turn
darkness into light before them, and make crooked ways straight.
These things I do for them, and I will not forsake them. [ISA 42:13-16]
Raise a glad cry, you barren one who did not bear, break forth
in jubilant song, you who were not in labor, For more numerous are
the children of the deserted wife than the children of her who has
a husband, says the LORD. [ISA 54:1]
They seek me day after day, and desire to know my ways, Like a
nation that has done what is just and not abandoned the law of
their God; They ask me to declare what is due them, pleased to
gain access to God. "Why do we fast, and you do not see it?
afflict ourselves, and you take no note of it?" Lo, on your
fast day you carry out your own pursuits, and drive all your
laborers. Yes, your fast ends in quarreling and fighting, striking
with wicked claw. Would that today you might fast so as to make
your voice heard on high! [ISA 58:2-4]
Before she comes to labor, she gives birth; Before the pains
come upon her, she safely delivers a male child. Who ever heard of
such a thing, or saw the like? Can a country be brought forth in
one day, or a nation be born in a single moment? Yet Zion is
scarcely in labor when she gives birth to her children. Shall I
bring a mother to the point of birth, and yet not let her child be
born? says the LORD; Or shall I who allow her to conceive, yet
close her womb? says your God. Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad
because of her, all you who love her; Exult, exult with her, all
you who were mourning over her! [ISA 66:7-10]
But God said to Jonah, "Have you reason to be angry over the plant?" "I have reason to be angry," Jonah answered, "angry enough to die." Then the LORD said, "You are concerned over the plant which cost you no labor and which you did not raise; it came up in one night and in one night it perished.
And should I not be concerned over Nineveh, the great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot distinguish their right hand from their left, not to mention the many cattle?"
Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness. At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned,
like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest."
Jesus sent out these twelve after instructing them thus,
"Do not go into pagan territory or enter a Samaritan town. Go
rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, make
this proclamation: 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' Cure the
sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons. Without
cost you have received; without cost you are to give. Do not take
gold or silver or copper for your belts; no sack for the journey,
or a second tunic, or sandals, or walking stick. The laborer
deserves his keep. Whatever town or village you enter, look for a
worthy person in it, and stay there until you leave." [MT 10:5-11]
"Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your selves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light."
"The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out at
dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with them
for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. Going
out about nine o'clock, he saw others standing idle in the
marketplace, and he said to them, 'You too go into my vineyard,
and I will give you what is just.' So they went off. (And) he went
out again around noon, and around three o'clock, and did likewise.
Going out about five o'clock, he found others standing around, and
said to them, 'Why do you stand here idle all day?' They answered,
'Because no one has hired us.' He said to them, 'You too go into
my vineyard.' When it was evening the owner of the vineyard said
to his foreman, 'Summon the laborers and give them their pay,
beginning with the last and ending with the first.' When those who
had started about five o'clock came, each received the usual daily
wage. So when the first came, they thought that they would receive
more, but each of them also got the usual wage. And on receiving
it they grumbled against the landowner, saying, 'These last ones
worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us, who bore
the day's burden and the heat.' He said to one of them in reply,
'My friend, I am not cheating you. Did you not agree with me for
the usual daily wage? Take what is yours and go. What if I wish to
give this last one the same as you? (Or) am I not free to do as I
wish with my own money? Are you envious because I am generous?'
Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last."
As he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples approached him privately and said, "Tell us, when will this happen, and what sign will there be of your coming, and of the end of the age?" Jesus said to them in reply, "See that no one deceives you.
For many will come in my name, saying, 'I am the Messiah,' and they will deceive many. You will hear of wars
and reports of wars; see that you are not alarmed, for these things must happen, but it will not yet be the end. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be famines and earthquakes from place to place. All these are the beginning of the labor pains."
As he was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple area, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately, "Tell us, when will this happen, and what sign will there be when all these things are about to come to an end?" Jesus began to say to them, "See that no one deceives you. Many will come in my name saying, 'I am he,' and they will deceive many. When you hear of wars and reports of wars do not be alarmed; such things must happen, but it will not yet be the end. Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes from place to place and there will be famines. These are the beginnings of the labor pains."
After this the Lord appointed seventy (-two) others whom he
sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to
visit. He said to them, "The harvest is abundant but the
laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out
laborers for his harvest. Go on your way; behold, I am sending you
like lambs among wolves. Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals;
and greet no one along the way. Into whatever house you enter,
first say, 'Peace to this household.' If a peaceful person lives
there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to
you. Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to
you, for the laborer deserves his payment. Do not move about from
one house to another. Whatever town you enter and they welcome
you, eat what is set before you, cure the sick in it and say to
them, 'The kingdom of God is at hand for you.' Whatever town you
enter and they do not receive you, go out into the streets and
say, 'The dust of your town that clings to our feet, even that we
shake off against you.' Yet know this: the kingdom of God is at
hand. I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom on that day
than for that town." [LK 10:1-12]
Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy. When a woman is in labor, she is in anguish because her hour has arrived; but when she has given birth to a child, she no longer remembers the pain because of her joy that a child has been born into the world.
So you also are now in anguish. But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.
I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as
nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us. For
creation awaits with eager expectation the revelation of the
children of God; for creation was made subject to futility, not of
its own accord but because of the one who subjected it, in hope
that creation itself would be set free from slavery to corruption
and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know
that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now; and
not only that, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the
Spirit, we also groan within ourselves as we wait for adoption,
the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope
that sees for itself is not hope. For who hopes for what one sees?
But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait with endurance. In
the same way, the Spirit too comes to the aid of our weakness; for
we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit itself
intercedes with inexpressible groanings. And the one who searches
hearts knows what is the intention of the Spirit, because it
intercedes for the holy ones according to God's will. [ROM 8:18-27]
What is Apollos, after all, and what is Paul? Ministers through whom you became believers, just as the Lord assigned each one. I planted, Apollos watered, but God caused the growth. Therefore, neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who causes the growth. The one who plants and the one who waters are equal, and each will receive wages in proportion to his labor. For we are God's co-workers; you are God's field, God's building.
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be firm, steadfast, always
fully devoted to the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord
your labor is not in vain. [1COR 15:58]
We cause no one to stumble in anything, in order that no fault
may be found with our ministry; on the contrary, in everything we
commend ourselves as ministers of God, through much endurance, in
afflictions, hardships, constraints, beatings, imprisonments,
riots, labors, vigils, fasts; by purity, knowledge, patience,
kindness, in a holy spirit, in unfeigned love, in truthful speech,
in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness at the right
and at the left; through glory and dishonor, insult and praise. We
are treated as deceivers and yet are truthful; as unrecognized and
yet acknowledged; as dying and behold we live; as chastised and
yet not put to death; as sorrowful yet always rejoicing; as poor
yet enriching many; as having nothing and yet possessing all
things. [2COR 6:3-10]
But we will not boast beyond measure but will keep to the
limits God has apportioned us, namely, to reach even to you. For
we are not overreaching ourselves, as though we did not reach you;
we indeed first came to you with the gospel of Christ. We are not
boasting beyond measure, in other people's labors; yet our hope is
that, as your faith increases, our influence among you may be
greatly enlarged, within our proper limits, so that we may preach
the gospel even beyond you, not boasting of work already done in
another's sphere. "Whoever boasts, should boast in the
Lord." For it is not the one who recommends himself who is
approved, but the one whom the Lord recommends. [2COR 10:13-18]
Since many boast according to the flesh, I too will boast. For
you gladly put up with fools, since you are wise yourselves. For
you put up with it if someone enslaves you, or devours you, or
gets the better of you, or puts on airs, or slaps you in the face.
To my shame I say that we were too weak! But what anyone dares to
boast of (I am speaking in foolishness) I also dare. Are they
Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they
descendants of Abraham? So am I. Are they ministers of Christ? (I
am talking like an insane person.) I am still more, with far
greater labors, far more imprisonments, far worse beatings, and
numerous brushes with death. Five times at the hands of the Jews I
received forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with
rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I passed a
night and a day on the deep; on frequent journeys, in dangers from
rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my own race, dangers
from Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness,
dangers at sea, dangers among false brothers; in toil and
hardship, through many sleepless nights, through hunger and
thirst, through frequent fastings, through cold and exposure. And
apart from these things, there is the daily pressure upon me of my
anxiety for all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who
is led to sin, and I am not indignant? [2COR 11:18-29]
At a time when you did not know God, you became slaves to things that by nature are not gods; but now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and destitute elemental powers? Do you want to be slaves to them all over again? You are observing days, months, seasons, and
years. I am afraid on your account that perhaps I have labored for you in
vain. [GAL 4:8-11]
My children, for whom I am again in labor until Christ be formed in you! I would like to be with you now and to change my tone, for I am perplexed because of you.
The thief must no longer steal, but rather labor, doing honest
work with his (own) hands, so that he may have something to share
with one in need. [EPH 4:28]
For to me life is Christ, and death is gain. If I go on living
in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. And I do not know
which I shall choose. I am caught between the two. I long to
depart this life and be with Christ, (for) that is far better. Yet
that I remain (in) the flesh is more necessary for your benefit.
And this I know with confidence, that I shall remain and continue
in the service of all of you for your progress and joy in the
faith, so that your boasting in Christ Jesus may abound on account
of me when I come to you again. [PHIL 1:21-26]
Do everything without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation,
among whom you shine like lights in the world, as you hold on to the word of life, so that my boast for the day of Christ may be that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.
Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I
am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on
behalf of his body, which is the church, of which I am a minister
in accordance with God's stewardship given to me to bring to
completion for you the word of God, the mystery hidden from ages
and from generations past. But now it has been manifested to his
holy ones, to whom God chose to make known the riches of the glory
of this mystery among the Gentiles; it is Christ in you, the hope
for glory. It is he whom we proclaim, admonishing everyone and
teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone
perfect in Christ. For this I labor and struggle, in accord with
the exercise of his power working within me. [COL 1:24-29]
We give thanks to God always for all of you, remembering you in our prayers, unceasingly calling to mind your work of faith and labor of love and endurance in hope
of our Lord Jesus Christ, before our God and Father, knowing, brothers loved by God, how you were chosen.
Concerning times and seasons, brothers, you have no need for
anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know very well
that the day of the Lord will come like a thief at night. When
people are saying, "Peace and security," then sudden
disaster comes upon them, like labor pains upon a pregnant woman, and
they will not escape. But you, brothers, are not in darkness, for
that day to overtake you like a thief. For all of you are children
of the light and children of the day. We are not of the night or
of darkness. Therefore, let us not sleep as the rest do, but let
us stay alert and sober. [1THES 5:1-6]
We ask you, brothers, to respect those who are laboring among you and who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you, and to show esteem for them with special love on account of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.
"To the angel of the church in Ephesus, write this: 'The
one who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks in the
midst of the seven gold lampstands says this: "I know your
works, your labor, and your endurance, and that you cannot
tolerate the wicked; you have tested those who call themselves
apostles but are not, and discovered that they are impostors.
Moreover, you have endurance and have suffered for my name, and
you have not grown weary. Yet I hold this against you: you have
lost the love you had at first. Realize how far you have fallen.
Repent, and do the works you did at first. Otherwise, I will come
to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you
repent."'" [RV 2:1-5]
A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun,
with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve
stars. She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored
to give birth. Then another sign appeared in the sky; it was a
huge red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads
were seven diadems. Its tail swept away a third of the stars in
the sky and hurled them down to the earth. Then the dragon stood
before the woman about to give birth, to devour her child when she
gave birth. She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to
rule all the nations with an iron rod. Her child was caught up to
God and his throne. The woman herself fled into the desert where
she had a place prepared by God, that there she might be taken
care of for twelve hundred and sixty days. [RV 12:1-6]
I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write this: Blessed are
the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Yes,"
said the Spirit, "let them find rest from their labors, for
their works accompany them." [RV 14:13]
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