30 Bible Verses about Silence

Lamentations 3:26 ESV / 82 helpful votes

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

Psalm 46:10 ESV / 66 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 17:28 ESV / 64 helpful votes

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

Psalm 62:5 ESV / 64 helpful votes

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.

1 Timothy 2:11-14 ESV / 61 helpful votes

Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor.

1 Corinthians 14:34-35 ESV / 53 helpful votes

The women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says. If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church.

Psalm 141:3 ESV / 43 helpful votes

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

Job 29:21 ESV / 39 helpful votes

“Men listened to me and waited and kept silence for my counsel.

Habakkuk 2:20 ESV / 36 helpful votes

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

Isaiah 53:7 ESV / 36 helpful votes

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.

Revelation 8:1 ESV / 32 helpful votes

When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.

Proverbs 18:13 ESV / 32 helpful votes

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

Romans 10:17 ESV / 31 helpful votes

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

Psalm 62:1 ESV / 27 helpful votes

To the choirmaster: according to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David. For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.

Proverbs 29:11 ESV / 22 helpful votes

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

Psalm 37:7 ESV / 21 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!

Proverbs 12:23 ESV / 19 helpful votes

A prudent man conceals knowledge, but the heart of fools proclaims folly.

Isaiah 30:15 ESV / 17 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,

Psalm 141:3-4 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips! Do not let my heart incline to any evil, to busy myself with wicked deeds in company with men who work iniquity, and let me not eat of their delicacies!

Proverbs 18:6-7 ESV / 12 helpful votes

A fool's lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites a beating. A fool's mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul.

James 1:19 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

Lamentations 3:28 ESV / 9 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 25:11 ESV / 9 helpful votes

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.

Revelation 3:7 ESV / 7 helpful votes

“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: ‘The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens.

Philippians 4:11-12 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.

Matthew 12:19-20 ESV / 7 helpful votes

He will not quarrel or cry aloud, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets; a bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory;

Proverbs 15:23 ESV / 7 helpful votes

To make an apt answer is a joy to a man, and a word in season, how good it is!

1 Kings 19:12 ESV / 7 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.

Leviticus 5:1 ESV / 7 helpful votes

“If anyone sins in that he hears a public adjuration to testify, and though he is a witness, whether he has seen or come to know the matter, yet does not speak, he shall bear his iniquity;

Exodus 14:14 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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

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