100 Bible Verses about Silence

Lamentations 3:26 ESV / 116 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 17:28 ESV / 114 helpful votes

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

Psalm 46:10 ESV / 112 helpful votes

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

Psalm 62:5 ESV / 105 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 2:11-14 ESV / 102 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 / 89 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 / 80 helpful votes

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

Habakkuk 2:20 ESV / 76 helpful votes

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

Job 29:21 ESV / 61 helpful votes

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

Revelation 8:1 ESV / 55 helpful votes

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

Isaiah 53:7 ESV / 52 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.

Proverbs 29:11 ESV / 50 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 18:13 ESV / 47 helpful votes

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

Romans 10:17 ESV / 46 helpful votes

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

Exodus 14:14 ESV / 44 helpful votes

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

Psalm 37:7 ESV / 43 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!

Psalm 62:1 ESV / 37 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.

James 1:19 ESV / 33 helpful votes

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

Isaiah 30:15 ESV / 32 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,

Lamentations 3:28 ESV / 28 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 12:23 ESV / 28 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 18:6-7 ESV / 22 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.

Proverbs 11:12 ESV / 21 helpful votes

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

Psalm 141:3-4 ESV / 19 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 21:23 ESV / 17 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 3:7 ESV / 12 helpful votes

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

Leviticus 5:1 ESV / 12 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;

Zechariah 2:13 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

Philippians 4:11-12 ESV / 8 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.

Mark 1:35 ESV / 8 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.

Matthew 12:19-20 ESV / 8 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;

1 Peter 2:15 ESV / 7 helpful votes

For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.

Acts 15:12 ESV / 7 helpful votes

And all the assembly fell silent, and they listened to Barnabas and Paul as they related what signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles.

Matthew 22:34 ESV / 7 helpful votes

But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together.

Matthew 14:13 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns.

Amos 5:13 ESV / 7 helpful votes

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

Lamentations 2:10 ESV / 7 helpful votes

The elders of the daughter of Zion sit on the ground in silence; they have thrown dust on their heads and put on sackcloth; the young women of Jerusalem have bowed their heads to the ground.

Proverbs 10:19 ESV / 7 helpful votes

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

Psalm 50:21 ESV / 7 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.

Psalm 50:3 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Our God comes; he does not keep silence; before him is a devouring fire, around him a mighty tempest.

Psalm 39:2 ESV / 7 helpful votes

I was mute and silent; I held my peace to no avail, and my distress grew worse.

Psalm 35:22 ESV / 7 helpful votes

You have seen, O Lord; be not silent! O Lord, be not far from me!

1 Corinthians 14:28 ESV / 6 helpful votes

But if there is no one to interpret, let each of them keep silent in church and speak to himself and to God.

Luke 9:18 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Now it happened that as he was praying alone, the disciples were with him. And he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?”

Zephaniah 1:7 ESV / 6 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.

Amos 8:3 ESV / 6 helpful votes

The songs of the temple shall become wailings in that day,” declares the Lord God. “So many dead bodies!” “They are thrown everywhere!” “Silence!”

Proverbs 17:27 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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

Psalm 115:17 ESV / 6 helpful votes

The dead do not praise the Lord, nor do any who go down into silence.

Psalm 83:1 ESV / 6 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 32:3 ESV / 6 helpful votes

For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.

Psalm 31:18 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Let the lying lips be mute, which speak insolently against the righteous in pride and contempt.

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 5 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,

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV / 5 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 1:1-20 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope, To Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith. The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. ...

Ephesians 5:11 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.

Acts 22:2 ESV / 5 helpful votes

And when they heard that he was addressing them in the Hebrew language, they became even more quiet. And he said:

Acts 21:40 ESV / 5 helpful votes

And when he had given him permission, Paul, standing on the steps, motioned with his hand to the people. And when there was a great hush, he addressed them in the Hebrew language, saying:

Luke 9:36 ESV / 5 helpful votes

And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and told no one in those days anything of what they had seen.

Luke 6:12-13 ESV / 5 helpful votes

In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles:

Luke 5:15-16 ESV / 5 helpful votes

But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities. But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.

Mark 6:31-32 ESV / 5 helpful votes

And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves.

Mark 4:39 ESV / 5 helpful votes

And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

Jeremiah 8:14 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Why do we sit still? Gather together; let us go into the fortified cities and perish there, for the Lord our God has doomed us to perish and has given us poisoned water to drink, because we have sinned against the Lord.

Isaiah 65:6 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Behold, it is written before me: “I will not keep silent, but I will repay; I will indeed repay into their bosom

Isaiah 62:6 ESV / 5 helpful votes

On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have set watchmen; all the day and all the night they shall never be silent. You who put the Lord in remembrance, take no rest,

Isaiah 41:1 ESV / 5 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.

Isaiah 15:1 ESV / 5 helpful votes

An oracle concerning Moab. Because Ar of Moab is laid waste in a night, Moab is undone; because Kir of Moab is laid waste in a night, Moab is undone.

Proverbs 31:1-31 ESV / 5 helpful votes

The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him: What are you doing, my son? What are you doing, son of my womb? What are you doing, son of my vows? Do not give your strength to women, your ways to those who destroy kings. It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to take strong drink, lest they drink and forget what has been decreed and pervert the rights of all the afflicted. ...

Proverbs 17:27-28 ESV / 5 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.

Psalm 107:42 ESV / 5 helpful votes

The upright see it and are glad, and all wickedness shuts its mouth.

Psalm 94:17 ESV / 5 helpful votes

If the Lord had not been my help, my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence.

Psalm 39:9 ESV / 5 helpful votes

I am mute; I do not open my mouth, for it is you who have done it.

Job 31:34 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Because I stood in great fear of the multitude, and the contempt of families terrified me, so that I kept silence, and did not go out of doors—

Job 4:16 ESV / 5 helpful votes

It stood still, but I could not discern its appearance. A form was before my eyes; there was silence, then I heard a voice:

1 Samuel 2:9 ESV / 5 helpful votes

“He will guard the feet of his faithful ones, but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness, for not by might shall a man prevail.

Judges 3:19 ESV / 5 helpful votes

But he himself turned back at the idols near Gilgal and said, “I have a secret message for you, O king.” And he commanded, “Silence.” And all his attendants went out from his presence.

Matthew 6:5-6 ESV / 4 helpful votes

“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Isaiah 42:1-3 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice.

Proverbs 5:6 ESV / 4 helpful votes

She does not ponder the path of life; her ways wander, and she does not know it.

Proverbs 3:5 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

Exodus 10:21 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, a darkness to be felt.”

1 Corinthians 14:34 ESV / 3 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.

Revelation 1:2 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw.

Ephesians 5:2 ESV / 2 helpful votes

And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Ephesians 4:29 ESV / 2 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.

2 Corinthians 12:2 ESV / 2 helpful votes

I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows.

1 Corinthians 14:2 ESV / 2 helpful votes

For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit.

Romans 12:1-2 ESV / 2 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. 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.

Romans 8:26-27 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 2 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.

Luke 22:39 ESV / 2 helpful votes

And he came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him.

Luke 9:2 ESV / 2 helpful votes

And he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal.

Luke 5:16 ESV / 2 helpful votes

But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.

Matthew 25:2 ESV / 2 helpful votes

Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.

Matthew 14:23 ESV / 2 helpful votes

And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone,

Matthew 11:28-30 ESV / 2 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.”

Matthew 6:2 ESV / 2 helpful votes

“Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.

Zephaniah 1:2 ESV / 2 helpful votes

“I will utterly sweep away everything from the face of the earth,” declares the Lord.

Ezekiel 3:18-19 ESV / 2 helpful votes

If I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked person shall die for his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, or from his wicked way, he shall die for his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul.

Isaiah 30:28 ESV / 2 helpful votes

His breath is like an overflowing stream that reaches up to the neck; to sift the nations with the sieve of destruction, and to place on the jaws of the peoples a bridle that leads astray.

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