What Does The Bible Say About Labor A Law Of God?
Quotes are from the RSV Catholic Edition or the Douay-Rheims
Genesis 3:17-19 – And to Adam he said: Because thou hast hearkened to the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldst not eat, cursed is the earth in thy work; with labour and toil shalt thou eat thereof all the days of thy life. Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herbs of the earth. In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread till thou return to the earth, out of which thou wast taken: for dust thou art, and into dust thou shalt return.
Job 5:7 – Man is born to labour and the bird to fly.
Psalms 103:23 – Man shall go forth to his work, and to his labour until the evening.
Ecclesiastes 5:17 – This therefore hath seemed good to me, that a man should eat and drink, and enjoy the fruit of his labour, wherewith he hath laboured under the sun, all the days of his life, which God hath given him: and this is his portion.
Ecclesiasticus 7:16 – Hate not laborious works, nor husbandry ordained by the most High.
Ecclesiasticus 40:1 – Great labour is created for all men, and a heavy yoke is upon the children of Adam, from the day of their coming out of their mother’s womb, until the day of their burial into the mother of all.