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Jobs in the Bible

The following is a listing of occupations mentioned in the Bible.  Have a career day to help the children learn about the different kinds of jobs held by people during biblical times.  Write on a sheet of paper the occupation and a brief description of that occupation.  Give each child a different occupation and ask them to describe their job.

Job

Reference

Ambassador

2 Corinthians. 5:20

Archer

Genesis 21:20

Armor-bearer

Judges 9:54

Astrologer

Isaiah 47:13

Athlete

2 Timothy 2:5

Baker

Genesis 40:1

Bandit

Hosea 7:1

Banker

Matthew 25:27

Blacksmith

1 Samuel 13:19

Bodyguard

1 Samuel 28:2

Bowmen

Isaiah 21:17

Brickmaker

Genesis 11:3

Builder

2 Kings 12:11

Butcher

Matthew 22:4

Carpenter

Mark 6:3

Chariot driver

1 Kings 22:34

Charioteer

1 Chronicles 19:18

Cook

1 Samuel 8:13

Counselor

2 Samuel 15:12

Courier

2 Chronicles 30:6

Creditor

Deuteronomy 15:2

Cupbearer

Genesis 40:1

Designer

Exodus 35:35

Diviner

1 Samuel 6:2

Doorkeeper

2 Kings 22:4

Embroiderer

Exodus 35:35

Emperor

Acts 25:25

Engraver

Exodus 28:11

Executioner

Mark 6:27

Farmer

2 Timothy 2:6

Fisherman

Isaiah 19:8

Fortuneteller

Acts 16:16

Gardener

John 20:15

Gatekeeper

2 Samuel 18:26

Gem cutter

Exodus 28:11

Goldsmith

Isaiah 40:19

Governor

2 Kings 23:8

Grape picker

Jeremiah 49:9

Grinder

Ecclesiastes 12:3

Guard

1 Samuel 22:17

Harpist

Revelation 14:2

Harvester

James 5:4

Herdsmen

Genesis 13:7

Horseman

2 Kings 9:17

Hunter

Genesis 10:9

Idol maker

Isaiah 45:16

Innkeeper

Luke 10:35

Instructor

Proverbs 5:13

Interpreter

Genesis 42:23

Jailer

Acts 16:23

Judge

Exodus 2:14

Keeper of flocks

Genesis 4:2

King

Genesis 14:1

Landowner

Matthew 20:1

Lawyer

Acts 24:1

Magician

Daniel 2:10

Magistrate

Luke 12:58

Maidservant

Deuteronomy 15:17

Manservant

Exodus 20:10

Mason

2 Kings 12:12

Merchant

Matthew 13:45

Messenger

1 Samuel 23:27

Metal forger

Genesis 4:22

Midwife

Genesis 35:17

Minister

Isaiah 61:6

Moneylender

Exodus 22:25

Musician

Psalms 68:25

Oarsmen

Ezekiel 27:8

Officer

1 Chronicles 26:24

Overseer

Acts 20:28

Perfumer

1 Samuel 8:13

Pharaoh

Genesis 12:15

Philosopher

Acts 17:18

Physician

Jeremiah 8:22

Planter

Amos 9:13

Plowman

Amos 9:13

Poet

Acts 17:28

Potter

Isaiah 29:16

Preacher

2 Peter 2:5

Priest

Genesis 14:18

Proconsul

Acts 13:7

Prophet

Genesis 20:7

Prostitute

Luke 15:30

Queen

1 Kings 10:1

Rabbi

Matthew 23:7

Reaper

2 Kings 4:18

Refiner

Malachi 3:3

Robber

John 10:1

Satrap

Ezra 8:36

Scribe

1 Chronicles 24:6

Seer

1 Samuel 9:9

Servant

Genesis 15:3

Sheepshearer

2 Samuel 13:23

Shepherd 1 Samuel 21:7

Silversmith

Judges 17:4

Slave

Genesis 44:10

Soldier

John 19:23

Spy

Numbers 21:32

Steward

Genesis 43:16

Stonecutter

2 Kings 12:12

Stonemason

2 Samuel 5:11

Swordsman

2 Kings 3:26

Tax collector

Matthew 10:3

Teacher

1 Chronicles 25:8

Tentmaker

Acts 18:3

Treasurer

Ezra 1:8

Trumpeter

2 Kings 11:14

Vine grower

Joel 1:11

Warrior

Judges 11:1

Watchman

2 Samuel 13:34

Water carrier

Joshua 9:21

Weaver

Exodus 35:35

Woodcutter

Joshua 9:21

Woodsman

2 Chronicles 2:10

Writer

Psalms 45:1