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

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Diligence and its results are commended

Proverbs 21:5 NASB95
The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage, But everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty.
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Diligence contrasted with laziness

Proverbs 10:4 NASB95
Poor is he who works with a negligent hand, But the hand of the diligent makes rich.
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Diligence is important in the outworking of one’s relationship with God


Examples of diligence

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; the Levites; ; ; ; the Bereans

The apostle Paul:

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Romans 1:15 NASB95
So, for my part, I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.
; ; ; ; the Macedonian churches; ; ; ; ; ;

Diligence was a characteristic of Jesus Christ’s mission

Luke 9:51 NASB95
When the days were approaching for His ascension, He was determined to go to Jerusalem;
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Misguided diligence

John 5:39–40 NASB95
“You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.
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