100 Bible Verses about Silence

Proverbs 17:28 ESV / 143 helpful votes

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

Psalm 46:10 ESV / 142 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 / 131 helpful votes

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

Lamentations 3:26 ESV / 127 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 2:11-14 ESV / 112 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.

Psalm 141:3 ESV / 101 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 14:34-35 ESV / 97 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.

Habakkuk 2:20 ESV / 95 helpful votes

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

Job 29:21 ESV / 79 helpful votes

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

Revelation 8:1 ESV / 74 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 29:11 ESV / 73 helpful votes

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

Exodus 14:14 ESV / 67 helpful votes

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

Isaiah 53:7 ESV / 60 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.

Romans 10:17 ESV / 59 helpful votes

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

Psalm 37:7 ESV / 58 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 18:13 ESV / 55 helpful votes

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

Isaiah 30:15 ESV / 50 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 62:1 ESV / 50 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.

Lamentations 3:28 ESV / 45 helpful votes

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

James 1:19 ESV / 43 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 12:23 ESV / 35 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 18:6-7 ESV / 32 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.

Ecclesiastes 3:7 ESV / 29 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 21:23 ESV / 29 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 11:12 ESV / 27 helpful votes

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

Psalm 141:3-4 ESV / 23 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!

Mark 1:35 ESV / 17 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.

Leviticus 5:1 ESV / 17 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;

Amos 5:13 ESV / 16 helpful votes

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

Psalm 35:22 ESV / 16 helpful votes

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

1 Peter 2:15 ESV / 15 helpful votes

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

Lamentations 2:10 ESV / 15 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 17:27-28 ESV / 15 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.

Proverbs 10:19 ESV / 15 helpful votes

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

Psalm 94:17 ESV / 15 helpful votes

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

Psalm 50:21 ESV / 15 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 / 15 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 14:34 ESV / 14 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.

Matthew 22:34 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

Psalm 83:1 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

Matthew 14:13 ESV / 13 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.

Zechariah 2:13 ESV / 13 helpful votes

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

Amos 8:3 ESV / 13 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!”

Psalm 39:2 ESV / 13 helpful votes

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

Judges 3:19 ESV / 13 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.

1 Corinthians 14:28 ESV / 12 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.

Acts 22:2 ESV / 12 helpful votes

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

Acts 15:12 ESV / 12 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.

Zephaniah 1:7 ESV / 12 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.

Proverbs 17:27 ESV / 12 helpful votes

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

Psalm 115:17 ESV / 12 helpful votes

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

Psalm 32:3 ESV / 12 helpful votes

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

Psalm 31:18 ESV / 12 helpful votes

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

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV / 11 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 / 11 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. ...

Isaiah 41:1 ESV / 11 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.

Job 31:34 ESV / 11 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 / 11 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 / 11 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.

Philippians 4:11-12 ESV / 10 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.

Acts 21:40 ESV / 10 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 / 10 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 9:18 ESV / 10 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?”

Luke 6:12-13 ESV / 10 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:

Mark 4:39 ESV / 10 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 / 10 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 / 10 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 / 10 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,

Proverbs 3:5 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 2:11 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness.

Ephesians 5:11 ESV / 9 helpful votes

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

Mark 6:31-32 ESV / 9 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.

Isaiah 15:1 ESV / 9 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.

Luke 5:16 ESV / 8 helpful votes

But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.

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;

Psalm 107:42 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

Ezekiel 3:18-19 ESV / 7 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 / 7 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.

Exodus 33:11 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. When Moses turned again into the camp, his assistant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent.

Exodus 33:7 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Now Moses used to take the tent and pitch it outside the camp, far off from the camp, and he called it the tent of meeting. And everyone who sought the Lord would go out to the tent of meeting, which was outside the camp.

1 Timothy 2:12 ESV / 6 helpful votes

I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet.

2 Corinthians 12:2 ESV / 6 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 14:35 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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.

Romans 12:2 ESV / 6 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.

Luke 22:39 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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

Matthew 11:28-30 ESV / 6 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.”

Psalm 39:9 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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

Revelation 1:2 ESV / 5 helpful votes

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

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,

Romans 8:26-27 ESV / 5 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.

Luke 10:39 ESV / 5 helpful votes

And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching.

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 15:5 ESV / 5 helpful votes

But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed.

Matthew 6:33 ESV / 5 helpful votes

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Zephaniah 1:2 ESV / 5 helpful votes

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

Isaiah 47:5 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Sit in silence, and go into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans; for you shall no more be called the mistress of kingdoms.

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. ...

Psalm 62:1-12 ESV / 5 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. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken. How long will all of you attack a man to batter him, like a leaning wall, a tottering fence? They only plan to thrust him down from his high position. They take pleasure in falsehood. They bless with their mouths, but inwardly they curse. Selah For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. ...

Esther 3:1-15 ESV / 5 helpful votes

After these things King Ahasuerus promoted Haman the Agagite, the son of Hammedatha, and advanced him and set his throne above all the officials who were with him. And all the king's servants who were at the king's gate bowed down and paid homage to Haman, for the king had so commanded concerning him. But Mordecai did not bow down or pay homage. Then the king's servants who were at the king's gate said to Mordecai, “Why do you transgress the king's command?” And when they spoke to him day after day and he would not listen to them, they told Haman, in order to see whether Mordecai's words would stand, for he had told them that he was a Jew. And when Haman saw that Mordecai did not bow down or pay homage to him, Haman was filled with fury. ...

1 Kings 19:12 ESV / 5 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.

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