Whoever works his farmland will have abundant food, but whoever chases fantasies will become very poor.
The LORD God took the man and placed him in the Garden of Eden in order to have him work it and guard it.
therefore the LORD God expelled the man from the garden of Eden so he would work the ground from which he had been taken.
And she did it again, giving birth to his brother Abel. Abel shepherded flocks and Cain became a farmer.
He told the man, "Because you have listened to what your wife said, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, "You must not eat from it,' cursed is the ground because of you. You'll eat from it through pain-filled labor for the rest of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you'll eat the plants from the meadows. You will eat food by the sweat of your brow until you're buried in the ground, because you were taken from it. You're made from dust and you'll return to dust."
Whoever tills his soil will have a lot to eat, but anyone who pursues fantasies lacks sense.
As for all the hills that used to be cultivated with a hoe, you won't go there, because you'll fear iron briars and thorns. Nevertheless, those hills will be reserved as a pasture where cattle will feed and where sheep will graze."
The desolate fields will be cultivated, replacing the former wasteland that everyone who passed by in times past had noticed.
2 Samuel 9:10
You and your servants are to farm the land on his behalf and bring in the crops in order to provide for your master's grandson. Meanwhile, Mephibosheth, your master's grandson, will always have a place at my table." (Now Ziba had fifteen sons and 20 servants.)
Also, the increase of the land belongs to everyone; the king himself is served by his field.
"Watch me! I'm on your side! I'll be turning in your direction, and you mountains will be plowed and planted.
And he will judge among many people, rebuking strong nations far away; and they will reshape their swords as plowshares and their spears as pruning hooks. No nation will threaten another, nor will they train for war anymore.
a messenger approached Job and said, "The oxen were plowing and the female donkeys were grazing nearby
Can you bind the ox to plow a furrow with a rope? Will he harrow after you in the valley?
Does he who plows for sowing plow all the time? Does he keep on breaking up and harrowing his field?
A lazy person doesn't plow in the proper season; he looks for a harvest, but there is nothing.
"Horses don't run over bare rock, do they? One doesn't plow rock with oxen, does he? But you have turned justice to gall, and the fruit of righteousness into bitterness.
Whenever you work the ground, it will no longer yield its produce to you, and you'll wander throughout the earth as a fugitive."
That's because this famine has been going on for two years now in this region, and there are still five years left, during which there won't be any plowing or harvesting.