Diligence encompasses several qualities. It’s translated from many Hebrew and Greek words. It has many synonyms in English, too: do your best, make every effort, be eager, and be earnest.

In the Old Testament, diligence is especially associated with seeking and searching until the answer or object is found. Some Hebrew words also carry the connotation of starting the task early in the morning, which suggests it’s a high priority. Other words focus on vigilance and attentiveness. Psalm 63:1; Ezra 5:8; Proverbs 13:4

In the New Testament, diligence is especially associated with hurrying, which indicates a sense of urgency. Other Greek words indicate hard work and careful attention. 2 Peter 1:3-15; Ephesians 5:15; 2 Timothy 2:6, 15

Diligence is often contrasted with procrastination, laziness, idleness, and negligence. 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; Proverbs 10:4

In all that God tells us to do, we must get to work, give it everything we’ve got, and never give up.

Be devoted to one another with brotherly love; prefer one another in honor, do not be lazy in diligence, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord, rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer, contribute to the needs of the saints, practice hospitality. Romans 12:10-13 MEV

~ SR

Ruhmann, Scott. “Word of the Week: Diligence.” 27th Street Church of Christ. Access date: . http://www.churchofbend.com/wow/diligence.htm