100 Bible Verses about Listening

James 1:19 ESV / 397 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 19:20 ESV / 287 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 18:13 ESV / 242 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 2:2 ESV / 163 helpful votes

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

Matthew 11:15 ESV / 123 helpful votes

He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

Proverbs 19:27 ESV / 121 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 1:33 ESV / 108 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 25:12 ESV / 101 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 18:2 ESV / 99 helpful votes

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

Romans 10:17 ESV / 96 helpful votes

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

John 8:47 ESV / 94 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.”

James 1:22 ESV / 89 helpful votes

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

Revelation 2:7 ESV / 80 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.’

Jeremiah 33:3 ESV / 70 helpful votes

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

Revelation 3:20 ESV / 69 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.

Jeremiah 29:12 ESV / 69 helpful votes

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

Psalm 116:1-2 ESV / 68 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 / 68 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.

Matthew 18:15 ESV / 67 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.

1 John 5:15 ESV / 66 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.

Proverbs 10:17 ESV / 66 helpful votes

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

Psalm 34:15 ESV / 65 helpful votes

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

1 John 5:14 ESV / 63 helpful votes

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

Deuteronomy 13:4 ESV / 63 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.

Galatians 4:6-9 ESV / 61 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?

Psalm 5:3 ESV / 60 helpful votes

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

1 Peter 3:12 ESV / 59 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.”

Luke 11:28 ESV / 59 helpful votes

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

Matthew 7:24 ESV / 59 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.

Malachi 2:2 ESV / 59 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 1:5 ESV / 59 helpful votes

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

Mark 9:7 ESV / 58 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 / 56 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.

Acts 16:25 ESV / 56 helpful votes

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

Matthew 4:4 ESV / 54 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 / 54 helpful votes

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

Philippians 4:9 ESV / 52 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.

Proverbs 6:20 ESV / 50 helpful votes

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

Galatians 3:5 ESV / 49 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—

Luke 12:3 ESV / 47 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.

Proverbs 4:20-21 ESV / 47 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.

Proverbs 12:15 ESV / 46 helpful votes

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

Luke 8:21 ESV / 45 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 12:1 ESV / 45 helpful votes

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

Exodus 20:19 ESV / 45 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.”

James 1:25 ESV / 43 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.

Zechariah 10:6 ESV / 42 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.

Psalm 130:1-2 ESV / 42 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 / 42 helpful votes

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

Genesis 26:4-5 ESV / 42 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.”

John 10:27 ESV / 40 helpful votes

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

Exodus 15:1-26:37 ESV / 37 helpful votes

Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the Lord, saying, “I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea. The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him. The Lord is a man of war; the Lord is his name. “Pharaoh's chariots and his host he cast into the sea, and his chosen officers were sunk in the Red Sea. The floods covered them; they went down into the depths like a stone. ...

Malachi 2:1-17 ESV / 36 helpful votes

“And now, O priests, this command is for you. 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. Behold, I will rebuke your offspring, and spread dung on your faces, the dung of your offerings, and you shall be taken away with it. So shall you know that I have sent this command to you, that my covenant with Levi may stand, says the Lord of hosts. My covenant with him was one of life and peace, and I gave them to him. It was a covenant of fear, and he feared me. He stood in awe of my name. ...

Zechariah 1:1-4:14 ESV / 35 helpful votes

In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came to the prophet Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, son of Iddo, saying, “The Lord was very angry with your fathers. Therefore say to them, Thus declares the Lord of hosts: Return to me, says the Lord of hosts, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts. Do not be like your fathers, to whom the former prophets cried out, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, Return from your evil ways and from your evil deeds.’ But they did not hear or pay attention to me, declares the Lord. Your fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever? ...

John 2:24 ESV / 34 helpful votes

But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people

Micah 7:1-20 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Woe is me! For I have become as when the summer fruit has been gathered, as when the grapes have been gleaned: there is no cluster to eat, no first-ripe fig that my soul desires. The godly has perished from the earth, and there is no one upright among mankind; they all lie in wait for blood, and each hunts the other with a net. Their hands are on what is evil, to do it well; the prince and the judge ask for a bribe, and the great man utters the evil desire of his soul; thus they weave it together. The best of them is like a brier, the most upright of them a thorn hedge. The day of your watchmen, of your punishment, has come; now their confusion is at hand. Put no trust in a neighbor; have no confidence in a friend; guard the doors of your mouth from her who lies in your arms; ...

Proverbs 6:1-20:30 ESV / 34 helpful votes

My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, have given your pledge for a stranger, if you are snared in the words of your mouth, caught in the words of your mouth, then do this, my son, and save yourself, for you have come into the hand of your neighbor: go, hasten, and plead urgently with your neighbor. Give your eyes no sleep and your eyelids no slumber; save yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the hand of the fowler. ...

1 Samuel 3:10 ESV / 34 helpful votes

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

John 5:2 ESV / 33 helpful votes

Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades.

Mark 4:1-20 ESV / 33 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! Behold, 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. ...

Acts 16:1-25:27 ESV / 32 helpful votes

Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra. A disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek. He was well spoken of by the brothers at Lystra and Iconium. Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him, and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. As they went on their way through the cities, they delivered to them for observance the decisions that had been reached by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem. So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily. ...

1 Thessalonians 5:19 ESV / 30 helpful votes

Do not quench the Spirit.

Matthew 17:5 ESV / 30 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.”

Proverbs 17:28 ESV / 30 helpful votes

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

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 29 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,

Jeremiah 26:3-6 ESV / 29 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.’”

Proverbs 11:14 ESV / 29 helpful votes

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

Mark 4:24 ESV / 28 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.

Matthew 7:2 ESV / 28 helpful votes

For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.

James 1:2 ESV / 27 helpful votes

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,

Luke 12:1-13:35 ESV / 27 helpful votes

In the meantime, when so many thousands of the people had gathered together that they were trampling one another, he began to say to his disciples first, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 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. “I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him! ...

Matthew 18:2 ESV / 27 helpful votes

And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them

Revelation 3:1-20:15 ESV / 26 helpful votes

“And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: ‘The words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. “‘I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God. Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you. Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who have not soiled their garments, and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels. ...

Proverbs 16:20-22 ESV / 25 helpful votes

Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord. The wise of heart is called discerning, and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness. Good sense is a fountain of life to him who has it, but the instruction of fools is folly.

Psalm 81:8 ESV / 25 helpful votes

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

Psalm 34:6 ESV / 25 helpful votes

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

Luke 10:16 ESV / 24 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.”

Philippians 4:8 ESV / 23 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.

Jeremiah 29:2 ESV / 23 helpful votes

This was after King Jeconiah and the queen mother, the eunuchs, the officials of Judah and Jerusalem, the craftsmen, and the metal workers had departed from Jerusalem.

Psalm 34:11 ESV / 23 helpful votes

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

John 5:15 ESV / 22 helpful votes

The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 22 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.

Psalm 34:2 ESV / 22 helpful votes

My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad.

Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 22 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. ...

Psalm 18:2 ESV / 22 helpful votes

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Exodus 14:14 ESV / 22 helpful votes

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

Hebrews 12:11 ESV / 21 helpful votes

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Galatians 3:1-5:26 ESV / 21 helpful votes

O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Did you suffer so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? 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— ...

Isaiah 65:1-2 ESV / 21 helpful votes

I was ready to be sought by those who did not ask for me; I was ready to be found by those who did not seek me. I said, “Here I am, here I am,” to a nation that was not called by my name. I spread out my hands all the day to a rebellious people, who walk in a way that is not good, following their own devices;

John 5:14 ESV / 20 helpful votes

Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.”

Psalm 5:1 ESV / 20 helpful votes

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

Deuteronomy 13:3 ESV / 20 helpful votes

You shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams. For the Lord your God is testing you, to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

Proverbs 21:23 ESV / 19 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 8:32-34 ESV / 19 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 119:105 ESV / 19 helpful votes

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

Hebrews 4:7 ESV / 18 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.”

Mark 7:14 ESV / 17 helpful votes

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

1 Peter 3:2 ESV / 16 helpful votes

When they see your respectful and pure conduct.

John 9:31 ESV / 15 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.

Luke 11:2 ESV / 15 helpful votes

And he said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come.

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