He who cultivates his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless people and pursuits will have poverty enough.
And the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and guard and keep it.
Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the Garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken.
And [next] she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
And to Adam He said, Because you have listened and given heed to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, saying, You shall not eat of it, the ground is under a curse because of you; in sorrow and toil shall you eat [of the fruits] of it all the days of your life. Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth for you, and you shall eat the plants of the field. In the sweat of your face shall you eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you shall return.
He who tills his land shall be satisfied with bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits is lacking in sense and is without understanding.
And as for all the hills that were formerly cultivated with mattock and hoe, you will not go there for fear of briers and thorns; but they will become a place where oxen are let loose to pasture and where sheep tread.
And the desolate land shall be tilled, that which had lain desolate in the sight of all who passed by.
2 Samuel 9:10
And you shall till the land for him, you, your sons, and your servants, and you shall bring in the produce, that your master's heir may have food to eat; but Mephibosheth, your master's son [grandson], shall eat always at my table. Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.
Moreover, the profit of the earth is for all; the king himself is served by the field and in all, a king is an advantage to a land with cultivated fields.
For behold, I am for you and I will turn to you; and you shall be tilled and sown,
And He shall judge between many peoples and shall decide for strong nations afar off, and they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
And there came a messenger to Job and said, The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them,
Can you bind the wild ox with a harness to the plow in the furrow? Or will he harrow the furrows for you?
You shall not plow with an ox [a clean animal] and a donkey [unclean] together.
Does he who plows for sowing plow continually? Does he continue to plow and harrow the ground after it is smooth?
The sluggard does not plow when winter sets in; therefore he begs in harvest and has nothing.
Do horses run upon rocks? Do men plow the ocean with oxen? But you have turned justice into [the poison of] gall and the fruit of righteousness into [the bitterness of] wormwood -- "
When you till the ground, it shall no longer yield to you its strength; you shall be a fugitive and a vagabond on the earth [in perpetual exile, a degraded outcast].
For these two years the famine has been in the land, and there are still five years more in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest.