The harvest
Matthew 9:37
Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.
Matthew 9:38
"Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest."
John 4:35-38
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"Do you not say, 'There are yet four months, and [then] comes the harvest '? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.
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"Already he who reaps is receiving wages and is gathering fruit for life eternal; so that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.
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"For in this [case] the saying is true, 'One sows and another reaps.'
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"I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored and you have entered into their labor."
1 Corinthians 3:6-9
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I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth.
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So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.
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Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor.
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For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building.
the labourers
Matthew 20:1
"For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.
Mark 13:34
"[It is] like a man away on a journey, [who] upon leaving his house and putting his slaves in charge, [assigning] to each one his task, also commanded the doorkeeper to stay on the alert.
1 Corinthians 15:10
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.
2 Corinthians 6:1
And working together [with Him], we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain--
Philippians 2:25
But I thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger and minister to my need;
Philippians 2:30
because he came close to death for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was deficient in your service to me.
Colossians 1:29
For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.
Colossians 4:12
Epaphras, who is one of your number, a bondslave of Jesus Christ, sends you his greetings, always laboring earnestly for you in his prayers, that you may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God.
1 Thessalonians 2:9
For you recall, brethren, our labor and hardship, [how] working night and day so as not to be a burden to any of you, we proclaimed to you the gospel of God.
1 Thessalonians 5:12
But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction,
1 Timothy 4:10
For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.
1 Timothy 4:15
Take pains with these things; be [absorbed] in them, so that your progress will be evident to all.
1 Timothy 4:16
Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you.
1 Timothy 5:17
The elders who rule well are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching.
1 Timothy 5:18
For the Scripture says, "YOU SHALL NOT MUZZLE THE OX WHILE HE IS THRESHING," and "The laborer is worthy of his wages."
2 Timothy 2:3-6
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Suffer hardship with [me], as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
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No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.
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Also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules.
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The hard-working farmer ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops.
2 Timothy 4:5
But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
Philemon 1:1
Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our beloved [brother] and fellow worker,
are
1 Kings 18:22
Then Elijah said to the people, "I alone am left a prophet of the LORD, but Baal's prophets are 450 men.
1 Kings 22:6-8
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Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four hundred men, and said to them, "Shall I go against Ramoth-gilead to battle or shall I refrain?" And they said, "Go up, for the Lord will give [it] into the hand of the king."
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But Jehoshaphat said, "Is there not yet a prophet of the LORD here that we may inquire of him?"
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The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, "There is yet one man by whom we may inquire of the LORD, but I hate him, because he does not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. [He is] Micaiah son of Imlah." But Jehoshaphat said, "Let not the king say so."
Isaiah 56:9-12
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All you beasts of the field, All you beasts in the forest, Come to eat.
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His watchmen are blind, All of them know nothing. All of them are mute dogs unable to bark, Dreamers lying down, who love to slumber;
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And the dogs are greedy, they are not satisfied. And they are shepherds who have no understanding; They have all turned to their own way, Each one to his unjust gain, to the last one.
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"Come," [they say], "let us get wine, and let us drink heavily of strong drink; And tomorrow will be like today, only more so."
Ezekiel 34:2-6
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"Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel. Prophesy and say to those shepherds, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Woe, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flock?
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"You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat [sheep] without feeding the flock.
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"Those who are sickly you have not strengthened, the diseased you have not healed, the broken you have not bound up, the scattered you have not brought back, nor have you sought for the lost; but with force and with severity you have dominated them.
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"They were scattered for lack of a shepherd, and they became food for every beast of the field and were scattered.
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"My flock wandered through all the mountains and on every high hill; My flock was scattered over all the surface of the earth, and there was no one to search or seek [for them]."'"
Zechariah 11:5
"Those who buy them slay them and go unpunished, and [each of] those who sell them says, 'Blessed be the LORD, for I have become rich!' And their own shepherds have no pity on them.
Zechariah 11:17
"Woe to the worthless shepherd Who leaves the flock! A sword will be on his arm And on his right eye! His arm will be totally withered And his right eye will be blind."
Matthew 9:36
Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd.
Acts 16:9
A vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing and appealing to him, and saying, "Come over to Macedonia and help us."
Acts 16:10
When he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.
Philippians 2:21
For they all seek after their own interests, not those of Christ Jesus.
Revelation 11:2
"Leave out the court which is outside the temple and do not measure it, for it has been given to the nations; and they will tread under foot the holy city for forty-two months.
Revelation 11:3
"And I will grant [authority] to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth."
pray
2 Thessalonians 3:1
Finally, brethren, pray for us that the word of the Lord will spread rapidly and be glorified, just as [it did] also with you;
the Lord
Luke 9:1
And He called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all the demons and to heal diseases.
Numbers 11:17
"Then I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take of the Spirit who is upon you, and will put [Him] upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, so that you will not bear [it] all alone.
Numbers 11:29
But Moses said to him, "Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the LORD'S people were prophets, that the LORD would put His Spirit upon them!"
Psalm 68:11
The Lord gives the command; The women who proclaim the [good] tidings are a great host:
Jeremiah 3:15
"Then I will give you shepherds after My own heart, who will feed you on knowledge and understanding.
Mark 16:15
And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
Mark 16:20
And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them, and confirmed the word by the signs that followed]. [[And they promptly reported all these instructions to Peter and his companions. And after that, Jesus Himself sent out through them from east to west the sacred and imperishable proclamation of eternal salvation].]
Acts 8:4
Therefore, those who had been scattered went about preaching the word.
Acts 11:19
So then those who were scattered because of the persecution that occurred in connection with Stephen made their way to Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except to Jews alone.
Acts 13:2
While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them."
Acts 13:4
So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia and from there they sailed to Cyprus.
Acts 20:28
"Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.
Acts 22:21
"And He said to me, 'Go! For I will send you far away to the Gentiles.'"
Acts 26:15-18
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"And I said, 'Who are You, Lord?' And the Lord said, 'I am Jesus whom you are persecuting.
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'But get up and stand on your feet; for this purpose I have appeared to you, to appoint you a minister and a witness not only to the things which you have seen, but also to the things in which I will appear to you;
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rescuing you from the [Jewish] people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you,
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to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.'
1 Corinthians 12:28
And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, [various] kinds of tongues.
Ephesians 4:7-12
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But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift.
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Therefore it says, "WHEN HE ASCENDED ON HIGH, HE LED CAPTIVE A HOST OF CAPTIVES, AND HE GAVE GIFTS TO MEN."
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(Now this [expression], "He ascended," what does it mean except that He also had descended into the lower parts of the earth?
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He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, so that He might fill all things.)
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And He gave some [as] apostles, and some [as] prophets, and some [as] evangelists, and some [as] pastors and teachers,
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for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;
1 Timothy 1:12-14
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I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service,
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even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor. Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief;
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and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love which are [found] in Christ Jesus.
Hebrews 3:6
but Christ [was faithful] as a Son over His house-- whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end.
Revelation 2:1
"To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: The One who holds the seven stars in His right hand, the One who walks among the seven golden lampstands, says this: