Bible verses about women working
If you’re a Christian wife and you want to work outside the home there is nothing wrong with that, but if you have kids and want a full-time career outside the home this should not be. Ask yourself what is the reason for wanting to work? Many times women feel bad because the world looks down upon homemakers. The world wants to destroy homemakers so you can send your kids to a daycare.
There is a reason our kids are growing up to be more rebellious. Do you want to work for selfishness? Is it to buy things that you want or things that you need? Women are to run their household and submit to their husband. Does your husband agree? Will it interfere with you running your household and being a godly wife? Will it interfere with your devotional life? Will it cause you to be exhausted?
I believe women should work at home taking care of the household and children while men work. That doesn’t mean you can’t have a side business for some extra cash. If it is God’s will, if your husband approves of you working, it doesn’t interfere with running your household, and your motives are pure then it is OK to work outside of the home. This is something you and your husband should discuss and pray about thoroughly.
What does the Bible say?
1. Titus 2:3-5 In the same way instruct the older women to behave as women should who live a holy life. They must not be slanderers or slaves to wine. They must teach what is good, in order to train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, and to be good housewives who submit themselves to their husbands, so that no one will speak evil of the message that comes from God.
2. 1 Timothy 5:13-15 They also learn to waste their time in going around from house to house; but even worse, they learn to be gossips and busybodies, talking of things they should not. So I would prefer that the younger widows get married, have children, and take care of their homes, so as to give our enemies no chance of speaking evil of us. For some widows have already turned away to follow Satan.
3. 1 Timothy 5:8 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 an unbeliever.
4. Proverbs 31:12-16 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
5. Proverbs 31:18 She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night.
6. Proverbs 31:24 She makes linen garments and sells them; she delivers sashes to the merchant.
As you can see from the above verses a wife can indeed work, have a side business, or have hobbies. But a woman’s primary role should be to help her husband. Will it interfere with doing your role in marriage?
7. Genesis 2:20-22 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
8. Genesis 2:18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is right for him.”
9. Ephesians 5:22-24 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
Will it interfere with you being a mother and fully taking care of your household?
10. Proverbs 31:27-28 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.
11. Proverbs 31:21 She has no fear of winter for her household, for everyone has warm clothes.
Don’t envy, compete, or compare yourself with others.
12. Galatians 6:3-5 If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load.
13. Proverbs 14:30 A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.
14. Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
15. 1 Timothy 6:6-8 But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.
James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.