100 Bible Verses about Being Quiet

James 1:19 ESV / 575 helpful votes

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;

Proverbs 17:28 ESV / 561 helpful votes

Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.

Exodus 14:14 ESV / 548 helpful votes

The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”

Psalm 46:10 ESV / 473 helpful votes

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

Proverbs 11:12 ESV / 436 helpful votes

Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding remains silent.

Proverbs 29:11 ESV / 411 helpful votes

A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.

Psalm 4:4 ESV / 371 helpful votes

Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Selah

Proverbs 10:19 ESV / 357 helpful votes

When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.

Proverbs 18:13 ESV / 355 helpful votes

If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.

Psalm 37:7 ESV / 345 helpful votes

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!

1 Peter 3:3-4 ESV / 340 helpful votes

Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious.

Job 6:24 ESV / 330 helpful votes

“Teach me, and I will be silent; make me understand how I have gone astray.

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 ESV / 326 helpful votes

And to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.

Lamentations 3:26 ESV / 314 helpful votes

It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

Ephesians 4:29 ESV / 307 helpful votes

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Proverbs 10:8 ESV / 283 helpful votes

The wise of heart will receive commandments, but a babbling fool will come to ruin.

Psalm 35:20 ESV / 283 helpful votes

For they do not speak peace, but against those who are quiet in the land they devise words of deceit.

1 Peter 3:4 ESV / 260 helpful votes

But let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious.

Proverbs 13:3 ESV / 257 helpful votes

Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.

1 Thessalonians 4:11 ESV / 246 helpful votes

And to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you,

Isaiah 26:3 ESV / 245 helpful votes

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.

James 3:1-18 ESV / 244 helpful votes

Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! ...

Romans 12:2 ESV / 230 helpful votes

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Mark 1:35 ESV / 227 helpful votes

And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.

Amos 5:13 ESV / 224 helpful votes

Therefore he who is prudent will keep silent in such a time, for it is an evil time.

Isaiah 30:15 ESV / 223 helpful votes

For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” But you were unwilling,

Zephaniah 3:17 ESV / 220 helpful votes

The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

Luke 5:16 ESV / 206 helpful votes

But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV / 195 helpful votes

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV / 193 helpful votes

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

Ecclesiastes 3:7 ESV / 185 helpful votes

A time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

Joshua 1:8-9 ESV / 183 helpful votes

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

1 Timothy 2:2 ESV / 182 helpful votes

For kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.

1 Chronicles 16:11 ESV / 165 helpful votes

Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!

Ecclesiastes 9:17 ESV / 163 helpful votes

The words of the wise heard in quiet are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools.

1 Peter 3:15 ESV / 161 helpful votes

But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,

Habakkuk 2:20 ESV / 161 helpful votes

But the Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.”

Job 34:29 ESV / 158 helpful votes

When he is quiet, who can condemn? When he hides his face, who can behold him, whether it be a nation or a man?—

Psalm 5:3 ESV / 157 helpful votes

O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.

Judges 18:27 ESV / 157 helpful votes

But the people of Dan took what Micah had made, and the priest who belonged to him, and they came to Laish, to a people quiet and unsuspecting, and struck them with the edge of the sword and burned the city with fire.

Judges 18:7 ESV / 157 helpful votes

Then the five men departed and came to Laish and saw the people who were there, how they lived in security, after the manner of the Sidonians, quiet and unsuspecting, lacking nothing that is in the earth and possessing wealth, and how they were far from the Sidonians and had no dealings with anyone.

Judges 16:2 ESV / 157 helpful votes

The Gazites were told, “Samson has come here.” And they surrounded the place and set an ambush for him all night at the gate of the city. They kept quiet all night, saying, “Let us wait till the light of the morning; then we will kill him.”

2 Corinthians 10:1-2 ESV / 155 helpful votes

I, Paul, myself entreat you, by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—I who am humble when face to face with you, but bold toward you when I am away!— I beg of you that when I am present I may not have to show boldness with such confidence as I count on showing against some who suspect us of walking according to the flesh.

Mark 16:15 ESV / 155 helpful votes

And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.

Proverbs 17:27-28 ESV / 155 helpful votes

Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.

1 Timothy 1:7 ESV / 153 helpful votes

Desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions.

Lamentations 3:28 ESV / 153 helpful votes

Let him sit alone in silence when it is laid on him;

Proverbs 17:27 ESV / 148 helpful votes

Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.

1 Peter 3:15-16 ESV / 147 helpful votes

But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.

Philippians 2:2 ESV / 147 helpful votes

Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.

Romans 12:1 ESV / 147 helpful votes

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

Lamentations 3:27-28 ESV / 146 helpful votes

It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth. Let him sit alone in silence when it is laid on him;

Isaiah 64:12 ESV / 146 helpful votes

Will you restrain yourself at these things, O Lord? Will you keep silent, and afflict us so terribly?

1 Thessalonians 2:12 ESV / 145 helpful votes

We exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.

Isaiah 62:1 ESV / 145 helpful votes

For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not be quiet, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a burning torch.

Psalm 83:1 ESV / 145 helpful votes

A Song. A Psalm of Asaph. O God, do not keep silence; do not hold your peace or be still, O God!

Psalm 50:21 ESV / 145 helpful votes

These things you have done, and I have been silent; you thought that I was one like yourself. But now I rebuke you and lay the charge before you.

1 Samuel 1:19 ESV / 145 helpful votes

They rose early in the morning and worshiped before the Lord; then they went back to their house at Ramah. And Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her.

Habakkuk 1:13 ESV / 144 helpful votes

You who are of purer eyes than to see evil and cannot look at wrong, why do you idly look at traitors and remain silent when the wicked swallows up the man more righteous than he?

Isaiah 57:11 ESV / 144 helpful votes

Whom did you dread and fear, so that you lied, and did not remember me, did not lay it to heart? Have I not held my peace, even for a long time, and you do not fear me?

Isaiah 42:14 ESV / 144 helpful votes

For a long time I have held my peace; I have kept still and restrained myself; now I will cry out like a woman in labor; I will gasp and pant.

Psalm 109:1 ESV / 144 helpful votes

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. Be not silent, O God of my praise!

Psalm 28:1 ESV / 144 helpful votes

Of David. To you, O Lord, I call; my rock, be not deaf to me, lest, if you be silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit.

2 Timothy 2:15 ESV / 142 helpful votes

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

Zephaniah 1:7 ESV / 140 helpful votes

Be silent before the Lord God! For the day of the Lord is near; the Lord has prepared a sacrifice and consecrated his guests.

Mark 1:35-37 ESV / 137 helpful votes

And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.”

Matthew 11:29 ESV / 136 helpful votes

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Proverbs 21:23 ESV / 136 helpful votes

Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.

2 Kings 2:3 ESV / 136 helpful votes

And the sons of the prophets who were in Bethel came out to Elisha and said to him, “Do you know that today the Lord will take away your master from over you?” And he said, “Yes, I know it; keep quiet.”

Judges 18:19 ESV / 136 helpful votes

And they said to him, “Keep quiet; put your hand on your mouth and come with us and be to us a father and a priest. Is it better for you to be priest to the house of one man, or to be priest to a tribe and clan in Israel?”

Luke 6:12 ESV / 135 helpful votes

In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God.

Isaiah 1:17 ESV / 135 helpful votes

Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause.

Matthew 5:5 ESV / 134 helpful votes

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Job 2:13 ESV / 134 helpful votes

And they sat with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his suffering was very great.

Jeremiah 51:59 ESV / 133 helpful votes

The word that Jeremiah the prophet commanded Seraiah the son of Neriah, son of Mahseiah, when he went with Zedekiah king of Judah to Babylon, in the fourth year of his reign. Seraiah was the quartermaster.

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 131 helpful votes

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,

Galatians 5:22-23 ESV / 127 helpful votes

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Psalm 141:3 ESV / 125 helpful votes

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!

Proverbs 17:14 ESV / 124 helpful votes

The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so quit before the quarrel breaks out.

Job 13:5 ESV / 124 helpful votes

Oh that you would keep silent, and it would be your wisdom!

Ephesians 4:30 ESV / 122 helpful votes

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

2 Thessalonians 3:12 ESV / 119 helpful votes

Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.

1 Peter 3:3 ESV / 118 helpful votes

Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—

2 Timothy 1:7 ESV / 118 helpful votes

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Matthew 11:28-30 ESV / 115 helpful votes

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

1 Kings 19:12 ESV / 113 helpful votes

And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper.

Proverbs 17:1 ESV / 111 helpful votes

Better is a dry morsel with quiet than a house full of feasting with strife.

1 Timothy 2:9 ESV / 110 helpful votes

Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire,

Proverbs 13:10 ESV / 107 helpful votes

By insolence comes nothing but strife, but with those who take advice is wisdom.

Romans 12:11 ESV / 105 helpful votes

Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.

1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV / 103 helpful votes

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 99 helpful votes

A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. ...

Isaiah 41:1 ESV / 96 helpful votes

Listen to me in silence, O coastlands; let the peoples renew their strength; let them approach, then let them speak; let us together draw near for judgment.

Psalm 22:23 ESV / 96 helpful votes

You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him, and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!

Acts 19:36 ESV / 95 helpful votes

Seeing then that these things cannot be denied, you ought to be quiet and do nothing rash.

Matthew 17:20 ESV / 95 helpful votes

He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

Romans 3:19 ESV / 94 helpful votes

Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God.

Nahum 1:12 ESV / 94 helpful votes

Thus says the Lord, “Though they are at full strength and many, they will be cut down and pass away. Though I have afflicted you, I will afflict you no more.

Zechariah 2:13 ESV / 93 helpful votes

Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord, for he has roused himself from his holy dwelling.

1 Kings 19:11-12 ESV / 92 helpful votes

And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper.

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