100 Bible Verses about Listening

James 1:19 ESV / 321 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 19:20 ESV / 236 helpful votes

Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.

Proverbs 18:13 ESV / 193 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 2:2 ESV / 127 helpful votes

Making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding;

Matthew 11:15 ESV / 96 helpful votes

He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

Proverbs 19:27 ESV / 94 helpful votes

Cease to hear instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.

Proverbs 1:33 ESV / 85 helpful votes

But whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.”

Proverbs 25:12 ESV / 81 helpful votes

Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear.

John 8:47 ESV / 71 helpful votes

Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”

Proverbs 18:2 ESV / 69 helpful votes

A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.

Revelation 2:7 ESV / 60 helpful votes

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’

Romans 10:17 ESV / 47 helpful votes

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

Galatians 4:6-9 ESV / 44 helpful votes

And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods. But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more?

Mark 9:7 ESV / 41 helpful votes

And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.”

1 Thessalonians 2:13 ESV / 40 helpful votes

And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.

James 1:22 ESV / 39 helpful votes

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

Proverbs 1:5 ESV / 32 helpful votes

Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance,

Revelation 3:20 ESV / 30 helpful votes

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

1 John 5:15 ESV / 30 helpful votes

And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

Luke 8:21 ESV / 30 helpful votes

But he answered them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”

Jeremiah 33:3 ESV / 29 helpful votes

Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.

Proverbs 12:15 ESV / 29 helpful votes

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.

Exodus 20:19 ESV / 29 helpful votes

And said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, lest we die.”

1 Thessalonians 5:19 ESV / 27 helpful votes

Do not quench the Spirit.

1 John 5:14 ESV / 26 helpful votes

And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.

Luke 11:28 ESV / 26 helpful votes

But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”

Malachi 2:2 ESV / 26 helpful votes

If you will not listen, if you will not take it to heart to give honor to my name, says the Lord of hosts, then I will send the curse upon you and I will curse your blessings. Indeed, I have already cursed them, because you do not lay it to heart.

Proverbs 10:17 ESV / 26 helpful votes

Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life, but he who rejects reproof leads others astray.

Psalm 116:1-2 ESV / 26 helpful votes

I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy. Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.

Psalm 18:6 ESV / 26 helpful votes

In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.

1 Peter 3:12 ESV / 25 helpful votes

For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

Mark 4:1-20 ESV / 25 helpful votes

Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea, and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. And he was teaching them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil. ...

Deuteronomy 13:4 ESV / 25 helpful votes

You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear him and keep his commandments and obey his voice, and you shall serve him and hold fast to him.

Acts 16:25 ESV / 24 helpful votes

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them,

Matthew 18:15 ESV / 24 helpful votes

“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.

Jeremiah 29:12 ESV / 24 helpful votes

Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.

Psalm 34:15 ESV / 24 helpful votes

The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry.

Psalm 5:3 ESV / 22 helpful votes

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

Galatians 3:5 ESV / 20 helpful votes

Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith—

Matthew 4:4 ESV / 20 helpful votes

But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Proverbs 16:20 ESV / 20 helpful votes

Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.

John 10:27 ESV / 19 helpful votes

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.

Proverbs 17:28 ESV / 19 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 6:20 ESV / 19 helpful votes

My son, keep your father's commandment, and forsake not your mother's teaching.

Luke 12:3 ESV / 18 helpful votes

Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.

Matthew 7:24 ESV / 18 helpful votes

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

Psalm 5:1 ESV / 18 helpful votes

To the choirmaster: for the flutes. A Psalm of David. Give ear to my words, O Lord; consider my groaning.

Philippians 4:9 ESV / 17 helpful votes

What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

Mark 4:24 ESV / 17 helpful votes

And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you.

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 16 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,

Matthew 15:10 ESV / 16 helpful votes

And he called the people to him and said to them, “Hear and understand:

Jeremiah 26:3-6 ESV / 16 helpful votes

It may be they will listen, and every one turn from his evil way, that I may relent of the disaster that I intend to do to them because of their evil deeds. You shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord: If you will not listen to me, to walk in my law that I have set before you, and to listen to the words of my servants the prophets whom I send to you urgently, though you have not listened, then I will make this house like Shiloh, and I will make this city a curse for all the nations of the earth.’”

1 Samuel 3:10 ESV / 16 helpful votes

And the Lord came and stood, calling as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant hears.”

Mark 7:14 ESV / 15 helpful votes

And he called the people to him again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand:

Psalm 119:105 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Psalm 81:8 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Hear, O my people, while I admonish you! O Israel, if you would but listen to me!

Proverbs 11:14 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.

John 9:31 ESV / 13 helpful votes

We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him.

Matthew 17:5 ESV / 13 helpful votes

He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”

Jeremiah 7:13 ESV / 13 helpful votes

And now, because you have done all these things, declares the Lord, and when I spoke to you persistently you did not listen, and when I called you, you did not answer,

Proverbs 8:32-34 ESV / 13 helpful votes

“And now, O sons, listen to me: blessed are those who keep my ways. Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it. Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors.

Psalm 34:11 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

Hebrews 4:7 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Again he appoints a certain day, “Today,” saying through David so long afterward, in the words already quoted, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”

Psalm 37:4-5 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.

Psalm 25:4-5 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.

Acts 16:14 ESV / 11 helpful votes

One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul.

Luke 5:1 ESV / 11 helpful votes

On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret,

Micah 1:2 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Hear, you peoples, all of you; pay attention, O earth, and all that is in it, and let the Lord God be a witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple.

Proverbs 24:6 ESV / 11 helpful votes

For by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.

Proverbs 15:31 ESV / 11 helpful votes

The ear that listens to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise.

Proverbs 12:1 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.

Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 11 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. ...

1 Kings 3:9 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?”

Exodus 14:14 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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

Genesis 27:5 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Now Rebekah was listening when Isaac spoke to his son Esau. So when Esau went to the field to hunt for game and bring it,

Genesis 18:10 ESV / 11 helpful votes

The Lord said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent door behind him.

Philippians 4:8 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Acts 26:29 ESV / 10 helpful votes

And Paul said, “Whether short or long, I would to God that not only you but also all who hear me this day might become such as I am—except for these chains.”

Proverbs 4:20-21 ESV / 10 helpful votes

My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart.

John 10:2-4 ESV / 9 helpful votes

But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.

John 10:1-5 ESV / 9 helpful votes

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”

John 3:16-17 ESV / 9 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Proverbs 21:23 ESV / 9 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 13:1 ESV / 9 helpful votes

A wise son hears his father's instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.

Proverbs 4:1-27 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Hear, O sons, a father's instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching. When I was a son with my father, tender, the only one in the sight of my mother, he taught me and said to me, “Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live. Get wisdom; get insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth. ...

James 1:25 ESV / 8 helpful votes

But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.

Matthew 7:24-29 ESV / 8 helpful votes

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, ...

Zechariah 10:6 ESV / 8 helpful votes

“I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph. I will bring them back because I have compassion on them, and they shall be as though I had not rejected them, for I am the Lord their God and I will answer them.

Proverbs 17:22 ESV / 8 helpful votes

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Proverbs 2:1-5 ESV / 8 helpful votes

My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.

Psalm 130:1-2 ESV / 8 helpful votes

A Song of Ascents. Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord! O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy!

Psalm 34:4 ESV / 8 helpful votes

I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.

Genesis 26:4-5 ESV / 8 helpful votes

I will multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and will give to your offspring all these lands. And in your offspring all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because Abraham obeyed my voice and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.”

2 Timothy 2:16-26 ESV / 7 helpful votes

But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, who have swerved from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already happened. They are upsetting the faith of some. But God's firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.” Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. ...

Ephesians 5:19 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,

Psalm 145:16 ESV / 7 helpful votes

You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing.

Luke 10:16 ESV / 6 helpful votes

“The one who hears you hears me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects him who sent me.”

Isaiah 8:18-9:3 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Behold, I and the children whom the Lord has given me are signs and portents in Israel from the Lord of hosts, who dwells on Mount Zion. And when they say to you, “Inquire of the mediums and the necromancers who chirp and mutter,” should not a people inquire of their God? Should they inquire of the dead on behalf of the living? To the teaching and to the testimony! If they will not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn. They will pass through the land, greatly distressed and hungry. And when they are hungry, they will be enraged and will speak contemptuously against their king and their God, and turn their faces upward. And they will look to the earth, but behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish. And they will be thrust into thick darkness. ...

Proverbs 18:9 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys.

Psalm 34:6 ESV / 6 helpful votes

This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles.

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