Grace is the work God does for us. “Works” are the things we do for God.
Old Testament scriptures on grace show that God is unchanging, not just nice in New Testament, not just mean in the Old, but the same yesterday today and forever.
This is to show how grace of God has always played a role with God’s people and their salvation.
For a document on scriptures commanding works from the New Testament, see my document “The Imploring God of the New Testament: Scripture References”
This refutes the idea that God was mean in the Old Testament and just nice in the New Testament / without any real requirements or expectations.
– Psalms 86:8
8 Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works.
– Psalms 143:5
5 I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.
– Psalms 92:4
4 For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands.
– Habakkuk 1:5
5 ¶Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for I will work awork in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you.
– Isaiah 28:21
21 For the Lord shall rise up as in mount Perazim, he shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that he may do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act.
– Isaiah 29:14
14 Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.
– Exodus 31:15
in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.
the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings.
– Exodus 35:2
on the seventh day there shall be to you an holy day, a sabbath of rest to the Lord: whosoever doeth work therein shall be put to death.
– Psalms 26:7
7 That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.
– 5 ¶And they spake unto Moses, saying, The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work, which the Lord commanded to make.
6 And Moses gave commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying, Let neither man nor woman make any more work for the offering of the sanctuary. So the people were restrained from bringing.
7 For the stuff they had was sufficient for all the work to make it, and too much.
– Exodus 40:33
33 And he reared up the court round about the tabernacle and the altar, and set up the hanging of the court gate. So Moses finished the work.
– 2 Kings 19:18
18 And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone: therefore they have destroyed them.
– Jeremiah 50:25
25 The Lord hath opened his armoury, and hath brought forth the weapons of his indignation: for this is the work of the Lord God of hosts in the land of the Chaldeans.
– Deuteronomy 33:11
11 Bless, Lord, his substance, and accept the work of his hands: smite through the loins of them that rise against him, and of them that hate him, that they rise not again.
– Psalms 28:5
5 Because they regard not the works of the Lord, nor the operation of his hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up.
– Isaiah 54:16
16 Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.
– Proverbs 16:11
11 A just weight and balance are the Lord’s: all the weights of the bag are his work.
– Isaiah 17:8
8 And he shall not look to the altars, the work of his hands, neither shall respect that which his fingers have made, either the groves, or the images.
– Psalms 135:15
15 The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, thework of men’s hands.
– Psalms 102:25
25 Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.
– Psalms 73:28
28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works.
– Jeremiah 17:22
22 Neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the sabbath day, neither do ye any work, but hallow ye the sabbath day, as I commanded your fathers.
– Psalms 104:13
13 He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works.
– Psalms 104:31
31 The glory of the Lord shall endure for ever: the Lord shall rejoice in his works.
– Job 1:10
10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
– Psalms 75:1
1 Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare.
– Psalms 139:14
14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
– Numbers 28:18
18 In the first day shall be an holy convocation; ye shall do no manner of servile work therein:
– Numbers 28:25
25 And on the seventh day ye shall have an holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work.
– Isaiah 64:8
8 But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.
– Psalms 106:13
13 They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel:
– Ps. 106:21-22 21 They forgat God their saviour, which had done great things in Egypt;
22 Wondrous works in the land of Ham, and terrible things by the Red sea.
– Ps. 106:24 Yea, they despised the pleasant land, they believed not his word:
– Psalms 77:11
11 I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember thy wonders of old.
– Psalms 77:12
12 I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.
– Psalms 145:4
4 One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.
– Psalms 145:5
5 I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.
– Psalms 145:9
9 The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.
– Exodus 5:4
4 And the king of Egypt said unto them, Wherefore do ye, Moses and Aaron, let the people from theirworks? get you unto your burdens.
– Genesis 2:3
3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his workwhich God created and made.
– Psalms 46:8
8 Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth.
– Ecclesiastes 1:14
14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.
– Isaiah 37:19
19 And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone: therefore they have destroyed them.
– Isaiah 41:24
24 Behold, ye are of nothing, and your work of nought: an abomination is he that chooseth you.
– Isaiah 41:29
29 Behold, they are all vanity; their works are nothing: their molten images are wind and confusion.
– Micah 5:13
13 Thy graven images also will I cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the work of thine hands.
– Psalms 118:17
17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.
– Psalms 17:4
4 Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.
– Isaiah 43:13
13 Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?
– Job 34:19
19 How much less to him that accepteth not the persons of princes, nor regardeth the rich more than the poor? for they all are the work of his hands.
– Proverbs 8:22
22 The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
– Leviticus 23:8
… in the seventh day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.
– Leviticus 23:25
25 Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord.
– Leviticus 23:28
28 And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the Lord your God.
– Leviticus 23:30
30 And whatsoever soul it be that doeth any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people.
– Leviticus 23:31
31 Ye shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.
35 On the first day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein
– Job 36:24
24 Remember that thou magnify his work, which men behold.
– Ecclesiastes 7:13
13 Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked?
– Habakkuk 2:18
18 ¶What profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols?
– Psalms 9:1
1 I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.
– Jeremiah 10:3
3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.
– Psalms 64:9
9 And all men shall fear, and shall declare the workof God; for they shall wisely consider of his doing.
4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
– Nehemiah 6:9
9 For they all made us afraid, saying, Their hands shall be weakened from the work, that it be not done. Now therefore, O God, strengthen my hands.
– Nehemiah 6:14
14 My God, think thou upon Tobiah and Sanballat according to these their works, and on the prophetess Noadiah, and the rest of the prophets, that would have put me in fear.
– Isaiah 49:4
4 Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the Lord, and my work with my God.
– Psalms 66:3
3 Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.
– Psalms 66:5
5 Come and see the works of God: he is terrible in his doing toward the children of men.
10 The Lord hath brought forth our righteousness: come, and let us declare in Zion the work of the Lord our God.
– Psalms 33:4
4 For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth.