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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 5833 diligence
5833 diligence

5833 diligence

Conscientious hard work and perseverance, particularly with regard to a relationship with God. In Scripture diligence is highly commended. It may, however, be misguided.

Diligence and its results are commended

Pr 21:5 See also 1Ki 11:28; 2Ch 24:13; Ezr 5:8; Ezr 6:12; Ezr 7:23; Pr 12:14; Pr 14:23; Pr 31:17 characteristic of the wife of noble character; Ecc 3:13; Jer 31:16; 2Co 8:11 regarding the collection for the poor Christians in Jerusalem; 1Ti 5:17; 1Pe 5:2

Diligence contrasted with laziness

Pr 10:4 See also Pr 12:24,27; Pr 13:4; 2Th 3:10

Diligence is important in the outworking of one’s relationship with God

1Co 15:58; 1Ti 4:15-16

Examples of diligence See also 2Ch 15:15; 2Ch 29:34 the Levites; Isa 62:6-7; Zec 6:15; Lk 8:15; Ac 17:11 the Bereans The apostle Paul: Ro 1:15; 1Co 4:12; 1Co 9:24-26; 2Co 6:5; 2Co 11:27; 1Th 2:9; 2Th 3:8; 2Ti 4:7
Ro 12:8; Ro 16:12; 1Co 12:31; 1Co 14:1; 2Co 8:5 the Macedonian churches; Php 2:12-13; 1Th 5:12; Heb 6:11-12; 2Pe 1:10; Rev 2:2-3,19

Diligence was a characteristic of Jesus Christ’s mission

Lk 9:51 See also Heb 12:1-2

Misguided diligence

Jn 5:39-40 See also Ps 127:2; Pr 28:20; Ecc 1:3; Ecc 2:11,19; Ecc 4:8; Mt 21:15,23-24; 1Ti 6:10

See also

5343idleness
5414money, stewardship
5628work
5840eagerness
7939ministry
8206Christlikeness
8207commitment
8230discipline
8239earnestness
8248faithfulness
8370zeal
8459perseverance

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