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Redeeming the Time 



Real happiness is found only in being good and doing good. The purest, highest enjoyment comes 
to those who faithfully fulfill their appointed duties. No honest work is degrading. It is ignoble 
sloth,which leads human beings to look down on the simple, everyday duties of life. The refusal to 
perform these duties causes a mental and moral deficiency which will one day be keenly felt. At 
some time in the life of the slothful his deformity will stand out clearly defined. Over his life- 
record is written the words, A consumer, but not a producer. From all the vocations of life, useful 
spiritual lessons may be learned. Those who till the soil may, as they work, study the meaning of 
the words, "Ye are God's husbandry." In the human heart the seeds of truth are to be sown, that 
the life may bear the beautiful fruit of the Spirit. God's impress on the mind is to mold it into 
graceful symmetry. The crude energies, both physical and mental, are to be trained for the 
Master's service. To all Christ has given the work of ministry. He is the King of glory, yet He 
declared, "The Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister." He is the Majesty of 
heaven, yet He willingly consented to come to this earth to do the work laid upon Him by His 
Father. He has ennobled labor. That He might set us an example of industry, He worked with His 
hands at the carpenter's trade. From a very early age, He acted His part in sustaining the family. 
He realized that He was a part of the family firm, and willingly bore His share of the burdens. 
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Redeeming the time 

Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ 
shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 
Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but 
understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is 
excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Ephesians 5:14-18 


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Go to the ant 

Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids. Deliver thyself as a roe from 

the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler. Go to the ant, thou 

sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, 

Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long 

wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a 

little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one 
that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man. Proverbs 6:4-11 

Abundance of idleness 

Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and 
abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the 
hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination 
before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good. Ezekiel 16:49-50 

Working with his hands 

But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been 
taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former 
conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be 
renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God 
is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak 
every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, 
and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. 
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. Ephesians 4:20-28 

God ended His work 

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the 
seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day 
from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and 
sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and 
made. Genesis 2:1-3 


The sweat of thy face 

And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and 


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hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: 

cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 
Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the 
field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; 
for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. 
Genesis 3:17-19 

The unprofitable servant 

Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, 
and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were 
foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the 
wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all 
slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom 
cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 

And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But 
the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye 
rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the 
bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the 
door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 
But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for 
ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. For the 
kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own 

servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to 
another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and 

straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and 
traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had 
received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged 
in the earth, and hid his lord's money. After a long time the lord of those servants 
cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and 
brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, 
I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou 
good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee 

ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received 
two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have 
gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and 
faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over 
many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Then he which had received the one 
talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where 
thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, 
and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord 


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answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I 

reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest 
therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should 
have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it 
unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he 
shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that 

which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall 
be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 25:1-30 

Yet a little sleep 

I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of 
understanding; And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the 
face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. Then I saw, and considered 
it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction. Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a 
little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; 
and thy want as an armed man. Proverbs 24:30-34 

Hand in his bosom 

The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets. As the door 
turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed. The slothful hideth his 
hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth. The sluggard is 
wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason. Proverbs 26:13-16 

The desire of the slothful 

The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour. He coveteth 
greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not. Proverbs 21:25-26 

Not slothful in business 

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies 
a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be 
not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, 

that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. For I 
say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of 
himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God 
hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one 
body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in 


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Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according 
to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the 
proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, 
on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with 
simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness. 
Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is 
good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring 
one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in 
hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity 
of saints; given to hospitality. Romans 12:1-13 

Wealth gotten by vanity 

Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall 
increase. Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree 
of life. Proverbs 13:11-12 

If any would not work 

For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves 
disorderly among you; Neither did we eat any man's bread for nought; but wrought 
with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you: 
Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow 
us. For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not 
work, neither should he eat. For we hear that there are some which walk among you 
disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. Now them that are such we 
command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat 
their own bread. But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing. 2 Thessalonians 3:7-13 

An idle soul 

Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger. He that 
keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall 
die. He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath 
given will he pay him again. Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul 
spare for his crying. A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver 
him, yet thou must do it again. Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou 
mayest be wise in thy latter end. There are many devices in a man's heart; 
nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand. The desire of a man is his 


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kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar. The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: 

and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil. A slothful 
man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth 
again. Proverbs 19:15-24 

The substance of a diligent man 

The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute. 

Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad. The 
righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth 

them. The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance 
of a diligent man is precious. In the way of righteousness is life: and in the pathway 
thereof there is no death. Proverbs 12:24-28 


Ye ought to support the weak 

I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel. Yea, ye yourselves know, that these 
hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. 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. Acts 20:33-35 


I will give you rest 

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take 
my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall 

find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 
11:28-30 


Remember the sabbath day 

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy 
work: 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: For in six days the Lord made 
heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: 
wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. Exodus 20:8-11 


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The sabbath a delight 

And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the 
foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, 
The restorer of paths to dwell in. If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from 
doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of 
the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding 
thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in 
the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee 
with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. Isaiah 
58:12-14 


Their works do follow them 

And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which 
die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their 
labours; and their works do follow them. Revelation 14:13 


Do it with thy might 

Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, 
which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy 
portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun. Whatsoever 
thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor 
knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest. Ecclesiastes 9:9-10 

Therefore shall he beg 

The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and 
have nothing. Proverbs 20:4 

The sleep of a labouring man 

He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance 
with increase: this is also vanity. When goods increase, they are increased that eat 
them: and what good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding of them with 
their eyes? The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but 
the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep. There is a sore evil which I have 
seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt. But those 
riches perish by evil travail: and he begetteth a son, and there is nothing in his hand. 
As he came forth of his mother's womb, naked shall he return to go as he came, and 


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shall take nothing of his labour, which he may carry away in his hand. And this also is 
a sore evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit hath he that 
hath laboured for the wind? All his days also he eateth in darkness, and he hath much 
sorrow and wrath with his sickness. Behold that which I have seen: it is good and 
comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he 
taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him: for it is his 
portion. Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given 
him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is 
the gift of God. For he shall not much remember the days of his life; because God 
answereth him in the joy of his heart. Ecclesiastes 5:10-20 

God hath seen mine affliction 

And Jacob was wroth, and chode with Laban: and Jacob answered and said to Laban, 
What is my trespass? what is my sin, that thou hast so hotly pursued after me? 
Whereas thou hast searched all my stuff, what hast thou found of all thy household 
stuff? set it here before my brethren and thy brethren, that they may judge betwixt us 

both. This twenty years have I been with thee; thy ewes and thy she goats have not 
cast their young, and the rams of thy flock have I not eaten. That which was torn of 
beasts I brought not unto thee; I bare the loss of it; of my hand didst thou require it, 
whether stolen by day, or stolen by night. Thus I was; in the day the drought 

consumed me, and the frost by night; and my sleep departed from mine eyes. Thus 
have I been twenty years in thy house; I served thee fourteen years for thy two 
daughters, and six years for thy cattle: and thou hast changed my wages ten times. 
Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had been 
with me, surely thou hadst sent me away now empty. God hath seen mine affliction 
and the labour of my hands, and rebuked thee yesternight. Genesis 31:36-42 

My father worketh 

After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is 
at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue 
Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of 

blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at 
a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the 

troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. And 
a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus 
saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto 
him, Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, 
when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another 
steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. And 


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immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the 
same day was the sabbath. The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the 
sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed. He answered them, He that 
made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk. Then asked they 
him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk? And he that 
was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude 
being in that place. Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, 
Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee. The 

man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole. And 
therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done 
these things on the sabbath day. But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh 

hitherto, and I work. Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not 
only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself 
equal with God. Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto 
you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what 

things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. For the Father loveth the 
Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater 
works than these, that ye may marvel. John 5:1-20 

To do good 

And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a 
withered hand. And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath 
day; that they might accuse him. And he saith unto the man which had the withered 
hand, Stand forth. And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath 
days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace. And when he had 
looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, 
he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand 
was restored whole as the other. Mark 3:1-5 

Thou art loosed 

And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And, behold, there was 
a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and 

could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said 
unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And he laid his hands on her: 
and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. And the ruler of the 
synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath 
day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them 
therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day. The Lord then answered 
him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or 


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his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering? And ought not this woman, 
being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be 

loosed from this bond on the sabbath day? And when he had said these things, all his 
adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that 
were done by him. Luke 13:10-17 

The way of the slothful 

The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is 
made plain. Proverbs 15:19 

A virtuous woman 

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her 
husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him 
good and not evil all the days of her life. She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh 
willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from 
afar. She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a 
portion to her maidens. She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her 
hands she planteth a vineyard. She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth 
her arms. She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by 
night. She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She 
stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. 
She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with 
scarlet. She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. Her 
husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. She 
maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. Strength 
and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her 
mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the 
ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, 
and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have 
done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: 
but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her 
hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates. Proverbs 31:10-31 

While it is day 

And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his 
disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was 


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born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that 
the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must work the works of him that 
sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in 
the world, I am the light of the world. When he had thus spoken, he spat on the 
ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with 

the clay, And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by 
interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing. John 
9:1-7 


A great waster 

He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster. Proverbs 
18:9 


The building decayeth 

By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the 
house droppeth through. Ecclesiastes 10:18 

Looked on our affliction 

And the Egyptians evil entreated us, and afflicted us, and laid upon us hard bondage: 
And when we cried unto the Lord God of our fathers, the Lord heard our voice, and 
looked on our affliction, and our labour, and our oppression: And the Lord brought 
us forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with 
great terribleness, and with signs, and with wonders: And he hath brought us into this 
place, and hath given us this land, even a land that floweth with milk and honey. And 
now, behold, I have brought the firstfruits of the land, which thou, O Lord, hast given 
me. And thou shalt set it before the Lord thy God, and worship before the Lord thy 
God: And thou shalt rejoice in every good thing which the Lord thy God hath given 
unto thee, and unto thine house, thou, and the Levite, and the stranger that is among 
you. Deuteronomy 26:6-11 

The soul of the diligent 

The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall 
be made fat. Proverbs 13:4 


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They learn to be idle 

Honour widows that are widows indeed. But if any widow have children or nephews, 
let them learn first to shew piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good 
and acceptable before God. Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in 
God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day. But she that liveth in 
pleasure is dead while she liveth. And these things give in charge, that they may be 
blameless. But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, 
he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. Let not a widow be taken into 
the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man. Well 
reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged 
strangers, if she have washed the saints' feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she 
have diligently followed every good work. But the younger widows refuse: for when 
they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry; Having damnation, 
because they have cast off their first faith. And withal they learn to be idle, wandering 
about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, 
speaking things which they ought not. I will therefore that the younger women marry, 
bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak 
reproachfully. 1 Timothy 5:3-14 

Labour and sorrow 

For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is 
told. The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength 
they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, 
and we fly away. Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, 
so is thy wrath. So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto 
wisdom. Psalm 90:9-12 

The Lord recompense thy work 

And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband's, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of 

Elimelech; and his name was Boaz. 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. 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. And, behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, 
and said unto the reapers, The Lord be with you. And they answered him, 
The Lord bless thee. Then said Boaz unto his servant that was set over the reapers, 

Whose damsel is this? And the servant that was set over the reapers answered and 
said, It is the Moabitish damsel that came back with Naomi out of the country of 


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Moab: And she said, I pray you, let me glean and gather after the reapers among the 
sheaves: so she came, and hath continued even from the morning until now, that she 

tarried a little in the house. Then said Boaz unto Ruth, Hearest thou not, my 
daughter? Go not to glean in another field, neither go from hence, but abide here fast 

by my maidens: Let thine eyes be on the field that they do reap, and go thou after 
them: have I not charged the young men that they shall not touch thee? and when 
thou art athirst, go unto the vessels, and drink of that which the young men have 
drawn. Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto him, 
Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, 
seeing I am a stranger? And Boaz answered and said unto her, It hath fully been 
shewed me, all that thou hast done unto thy mother in law since the death of thine 
husband: and how thou hast left thy father and thy mother, and the land of thy 
nativity, and art come unto a people which thou knewest not heretofore. 
The Lord recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the Lord God of 

Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust. Then she said, Let me find favour in 
thy sight, my lord; for that thou hast comforted me, and for that thou hast spoken 

friendly unto thine handmaid, though I be not like unto one of thine handmaidens. 
And Boaz said unto her, At mealtime come thou hither, and eat of the bread, and dip 
thy morsel in the vinegar. And she sat beside the reapers: and he reached her parched 
corn, and she did eat, and was sufficed, and left. And when she was risen up to glean, 
Boaz commanded his young men, saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and 

reproach her not: And let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her, and leave 
them, that she may glean them, and rebuke her not. So she gleaned in the field until 

even, and beat out that she had gleaned: and it was about an ephah of barley. And she 
took it up, and went into the city: and her mother in law saw what she had gleaned: 

and she brought forth, and gave to her that she had reserved after she was sufficed. 
And her mother in law said unto her, Where hast thou gleaned to day? and where 
wroughtest thou? blessed be he that did take knowledge of thee. And she shewed her 
mother in law with whom she had wrought, and said, The man's name with whom I 

wrought to day is Boaz. And Naomi said unto her daughter in law, Blessed be he of 
the Lord, who hath not left off his kindness to the living and to the dead. And Naomi 
said unto her, The man is near of kin unto us, one of our next kinsmen. And Ruth the 
Moabitess said, He said unto me also, Thou shalt keep fast by my young men, until 
they have ended all my harvest. And Naomi said unto Ruth her daughter in law, It is 
good, my daughter, that thou go out with his maidens, that they meet thee not in any 

other field. So she kept fast by the maidens of Boaz to glean unto the end of barley 
harvest and of wheat harvest; and dwelt with her mother in law. Ruth 2:1-23 


Labour of love 


For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have 
shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. 


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And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance 
of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith 
and patience inherit the promises. For when God made promise to Abraham, because 
he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, Saying, Surely blessing I will bless 
thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. And so, after he had patiently endured, he 
obtained the promise. For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for 
confirmation is to them an end of all strife. Wherein God, willing more abundantly to 
shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an 
oath: That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we 
might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope 

set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, 
and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the forerunner is for us entered, 
even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. Hebrews 
6:10-20 

They shall not labour in vain 

For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be 
remembered, nor come into mind. But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I 
create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. And I will 
rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more 
heard in her, nor the voice of crying. There shall be no more thence an infant of days, 
nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years 
old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed. And they shall build 
houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. 
They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as 
the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work 
of their hands. They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are 
the seed of the blessed of the Lord, and their offspring with them. And it shall come to 
pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. 
The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: 
and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy 
mountain, saith the Lord. Isaiah 65:17-25 

Shall renew their strength 

Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the 
Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of 
his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he 
increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men 
shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they 


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shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall 
walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:28-31