Jesus tells his disciples to pray for workers
Jesus told his disciples to pray for God to send workers into his harvest.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Worker; Workman
Worker; Workman [participles of Hebrew vbs ʿāśâ (often followed by melāʾḵâ—‘work’), ḥāraš, ʾāḇaḏ, pāʿal, and yāṣar; Hebrew nouns ʿāmēl, ḥārāš, ʿaḇôḏâ, ḥāḵām, ʿeṣeḇ, ʾāmôn; Gk. ergátēs, part of kopiō]; AV also HE THAT WORKETH, HE THAT LABOURETH, CUNNING MAN, “them
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
LABORER. Adam as keeper of the garden of Eden was from the beginning a laborer, working to preserve and increase that which was entrusted to his care. God made man’s labor a stewardship during his lifetime of the valuable things to be found in the earth, with physical and spiritual products the reward,
WORKMAN. The various words used for a worker or workman all denote the arduous working with one’s hands, an active engagement in performing a task or producing a product (1 Chr 22:15; Jer 10:3; 2 Chr 24:13). This active, energetic usage is applied also to “workers of iniquity” (Ps 6:8; 14:4; Lk 13:27),
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Work, Worker
Work, WorkerPaul Minear once wrote that the Bible is “an album of casual photographs of laborers.… A book by workers, about workers, for workers-that is the Bible” (Minear, 33). This is an apt summary of the images of work and worker and we find in the Bible.God as Worker. In contrast to Greek mythology,
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
WORKER; WORKFELLOW; WORKMAN<wur’-der>, <wurk’-fel-o>, <wurk’-man> (חָרָשׁ[charash], פָּעַל[pàal]; [ἐργάτης, ergates], [συνεργός, sunergos]): “Worker” (artificer) is the translation of [charash], “to cut in” (1 Ki 7:14, “a worker in brass”), and of charash, “artificer,” etc. (1 Ch 22:15);
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Worker, Workfellow, Workman
WORKER, wûrʹkẽr, WORKFELLOW, wûrkʹ-fel-ō, WORKMAN, wûrkʹman (חָרָשׁ‎, ḥārāsh, פָּעַל‎, pā‛al; ἐργάτης, ergátēs, συνεργός, sunergós): “Worker” (artificer) is the tr of ḥārash, “to cut in” (1 K 7:14, “a worker in brass”), and of ḥārāsh, “artificer,” etc (1 Ch 22:15); “workers of stone,”
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
CO-WORKER [συνεργός synergos]. A person who works in the same trade; an accomplice or associate. Paul uses the word for those who participated in some facet of the missionary effort. TIMOTHY (Rom 16:21) was a trusted associate, able to fill in when Paul could not visit a community (1 Thess 3:2) or as
Key passages
Mt 9:35–38

And Jesus was going around all the towns and the villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and every sickness. And when he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were …

Lk 10:2–3

And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest that he send out workers into his harvest. Go! Behold, I am sending you out like lambs in the midst of wolves!

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