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Theasaurus: Silence

61 Bible Verses about Silence

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Proverbs 17:28

Even a fool when he holds his peace is considered wise; when he closes his lips he is esteemed a man of understanding.

Lamentations 3:28

Let him sit alone uncomplaining and keeping silent [in hope], because [God] has laid [the yoke] upon him [for his benefit].

Psalm 50:21

These things you have done and I kept silent; you thought I was once entirely like you. But [now] I will reprove you and put [the charge] in order before your eyes.

Job 34:29

When He gives quietness (peace and security from oppression), who then can condemn? When He hides His face [withdrawing His favor and help], who then can behold Him [and make Him gracious], whether it be a nation or a man by himself? -- "

Isaiah 42:14

[Thus says the Lord] I have for a long time held My peace, I have been still and restrained Myself. Now I will cry out like a woman in travail, I will gasp and pant together.

Isaiah 57:11

Of whom have you been so afraid and in dread that you lied and were treacherous and did not [seriously] remember Me, did not even give Me a thought? Have I not been silent, even for a long time, and so you do not fear Me?

Psalm 50:3

Our God comes and does not keep silence; a fire devours before Him, and round about Him a mighty tempest rages.

Isaiah 62:1

For Zion's sake will I [Isaiah] not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest until her imputed righteousness and vindication go forth as brightness, and her salvation radiates as does a burning torch.

Isaiah 65:6-7

Behold, it is written before Me: I will not keep silence but will repay; yes, I will repay into their bosom Both your own iniquities and the iniquities of your fathers, says the Lord. Because they too burned incense upon the mountains and reviled and blasphemed Me upon the hills, therefore will I measure and stretch out their former doings into their own bosom.

Psalm 28:1

Unto You do I cry, O Lord my Rock, be not deaf and silent to me, lest, if You be silent to me, I become like those going down to the pit [the grave].

Psalm 35:22

You have seen this, O Lord; keep not silence! O Lord, be not far from me!

Psalm 39:12

Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry; hold not Your peace at my tears! For I am Your passing guest, a temporary resident, as all my fathers were.

Psalm 83:1

Keep not silence, O God; hold not Your peace or be still, O God.

Psalm 109:1

O God of my praise! Keep not silence,

Isaiah 64:12

Considering these [calamities], will You restrain Yourself, O Lord [and not come to our aid]? Will You keep silent and not command our deliverance but humble and afflict us exceedingly?

Habakkuk 1:13

You are of purer eyes than to behold evil and can not look [inactively] upon injustice. Why then do You look upon the plunderer? Why are you silent when the wicked one destroys him who is more righteous than [the Chaldean oppressor] is?

1 Samuel 2:9

He will guard the feet of His godly ones, but the wicked shall be silenced and perish in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.

Psalm 8:2

Out of the mouths of babes and unweaned infants You have established strength because of Your foes, that You might silence the enemy and the avenger.

Psalm 63:11

But the king shall rejoice in God; everyone who swears by Him [that is, who binds himself by God's authority, acknowledging His supremacy, and devoting himself to His glory and service alone; every such one] shall glory, for the mouths of those who speak lies shall be stopped.

Psalm 107:42

The upright shall see it and be glad, but all iniquity shall shut its mouth.

Isaiah 25:5

As the heat in a dry land [is reduced by the shadow of a cloud, so] You will bring down the noise of aliens [exultant over their enemies]; and as the heat is brought low by the shadow of a cloud, so the song of the ruthless ones is brought low.

Isaiah 47:5

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

Jeremiah 47:5

Baldness [as a token of mourning] will come upon Gaza; Ashkelon will be cut off and be dumb. O remnant of their valley and of the giants, how long will you gash yourselves [as a token of mourning]?

Jeremiah 48:2

The glory of Moab is no more; in Heshbon [a border town between Reuben and Gad, east of the Jordan River] they planned evil against her, saying, Come, let us cut her off from being a nation. You also, O [town of] Madmen, shall be brought to silence; the sword shall pursue you.

Jeremiah 51:55

For the Lord is destroying Babylon and laying her waste and stilling her great voice [the hum of the city's life]. And the waves [of her conquerors] roar like great waters, the noise of their voices is raised up [like the tramping of an army].

Matthew 22:34

Now when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced ( muzzled) the Sadducees, they gathered together.

Luke 20:26

So they could not in the presence of the people take hold of anything He said to turn it against Him; but marveling at His reply, they were silent.

Acts 4:14

And since they saw the man who had been cured standing there beside them, they could not contradict the fact or say anything in opposition.

Romans 3:19

Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, so that [the murmurs and excuses of] every mouth may be hushed and all the world may be held accountable to God.

Acts 8:32

Now this was the passage of Scripture which he was reading: Like a sheep He was led to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearer is dumb, so He opens not His mouth.

Matthew 26:63

But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest said to Him, I call upon you to swear by the living God, and tell us whether you are the Christ, the Son of God.

Mark 14:61

But He kept still and did not answer at all. Again the high priest asked Him, Are You the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One), the Son of the Blessed?

Mark 15:4-5

And Pilate again asked Him, Have You no answer to make? See how many charges they are bringing against You! But Jesus made no further answer at all, so that Pilate wondered and marveled.

John 19:9

He went into the judgment hall again and said to Jesus, Where are You from? [To what world do You belong?] But Jesus did not answer him.

Mark 1:25-26

And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hush up (be muzzled, gagged), and come out of him! And the unclean spirit, throwing the man into convulsions and screeching with a loud voice, came out of him.

Luke 4:35

But Jesus rebuked him, saying, Be silent (muzzled, gagged), and come out of him! And when the demon had thrown the man down in their midst, he came out of him without injuring him in any possible way.

Mark 4:39

And He arose and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, Hush now! Be still (muzzled)! And the wind ceased ( sank to rest as if exhausted by its beating) and there was [immediately] a great calm ( a perfect peacefulness).

Joshua 6:10

But Joshua commanded the people, You shall not shout or let your voice be heard, nor shall any word proceed out of your mouth until the day I tell you to shout. Then you shall shout!

Genesis 24:21

The man stood gazing at her in silence, waiting to know if the Lord had made his trip prosperous.

Exodus 14:14-15

The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest. The Lord said to Moses, Why do you cry to Me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward!

2 Kings 2:3

The prophets' sons who were at Bethel came to Elisha and said, Do you know that the Lord will take your master away from you today? He said, Yes, I know it; hold your peace.

Revelation 8:1

When He [the Lamb] broke open the seventh seal, there was silence for about half an hour in heaven.

Job 29:7-10

When I went out to the gate of the city, when I prepared my seat in the street [the broad place for the council at the city's gate], The young men saw me and hid themselves; the aged rose up and stood; The princes refrained from talking and laid their hands on their mouths;read more.
The voices of the nobles were hushed, and their tongues cleaved to the roof of their mouths.

1 Samuel 10:27

But some worthless fellows said, How can this man save us? And they despised him and brought him no gift. But he held his peace and was as if deaf.

Job 13:5

Oh, that you would altogether hold your peace! Then you would evidence your wisdom and you might pass for wise men.

Job 33:31-33

Give heed, O Job, listen to me; hold your peace, and I will speak. If you have anything to say, answer me; speak, for I desire to justify you. If [you do] not [have anything to say], listen to me; hold your peace, and I will teach you wisdom.

Psalm 39:9

I am dumb, I open not my mouth, for it is You Who has done it.

Ezekiel 16:63

That you may [earnestly] remember and be ashamed and confounded and never open your mouth again because of your shame, when I have forgiven you all that you have done, says the Lord God.

Psalm 4:4

Be angry [or stand in awe] and sin not; commune with your own hearts upon your beds and be silent (sorry for the things you say in your hearts). Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

Luke 9:36

And when the voice had died away, Jesus was found there alone. And they kept still, and told no one at that time any of these things that they had seen.

Acts 15:12

Then the whole assembly remained silent, and they listened [attentively] as Barnabas and Paul rehearsed what signs and wonders God had performed through them among the Gentiles.

Ezekiel 26:13

And I will cause the noise of your songs to cease, and the sound of your lyres shall be no more heard.

Ezekiel 24:17

Sigh and groan, but not aloud [be silent]; make no mourning for the dead; bind your turban upon your head and put your shoes on your feet, and do not cover your beard or eat the bread of mourners [furnished by others].

Acts 20:1

After the uproar had ceased, Paul sent for the disciples and warned and consoled and urged and encouraged them; then he embraced them and told them farewell and set forth on his journey to Macedonia.

From Thematic Bible


Prudence » Silence

Silence » Of Christ » Silence encouraged, upon the disciples by Christ

Matthew 16:20

Then He sternly and strictly charged and warned the disciples to tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ.

Matthew 8:4

And Jesus said to him, See that you tell nothing about this to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest and present the offering that Moses commanded, for a testimony [to your healing] and as an evidence to the people.

Luke 5:14

And [Jesus] charged him to tell no one [ that he might chance to meet], until [He said] you go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your purification, as Moses commanded, for a testimony and proof to the people, that they may have evidence [of your healing].

Matthew 9:30

And their eyes were opened. And Jesus earnestly and sternly charged them, See that you let no one know about this.

Mark 3:12

And He charged them strictly and severely under penalty again and again that they should not make Him known.

Silence » Value of » General references to

Job 2:13

So they sat down with [Job] on the ground for seven days and seven nights, and none spoke a word to him, for they saw that his grief and pain were very great.

Job 13:5

Oh, that you would altogether hold your peace! Then you would evidence your wisdom and you might pass for wise men.

Psalm 39:2

I was dumb with silence, I held my peace without profit and had no comfort away from good, while my distress was renewed.

Silence » Keep » Men commanded to keep silent

2 Kings 2:3

The prophets' sons who were at Bethel came to Elisha and said, Do you know that the Lord will take your master away from you today? He said, Yes, I know it; hold your peace.

Mark 10:48

And many severely censured and reproved him, telling him to keep still, but he kept on shouting out all the more, You Son of David, have pity and mercy on me [now]!

Judges 18:19

And they said to him, Be still, put your hand over your mouth, and come with us, and be to us a father and a priest. Is it better for you to be a priest to the house of one man, or that you be a priest to a tribe and family in Israel?

Nehemiah 8:11

So the Levites quieted all the people, saying, Be still, for the day is holy. And do not be grieved and sad.

More verses: Job 13:13 Job 33:31

Silence » Keep » In God's presence

Zephaniah 1:7

[Hush!] Be silent before the Lord God, for the day [of the vengeance] of the Lord is near; for the Lord has prepared a sacrifice, and He has set apart [for His use] those who have accepted His invitation.

Zechariah 2:13

Be still, all flesh, before the Lord, for He is aroused and risen from His holy habitation.

Silence » Of Christ » Before pilate

Mark 15:3

And the chief priests kept accusing Him of many things.

Silence » Of Christ » Foretold

Silence » Of Christ » Before the high priest

Matthew 26:62-63

And the high priest stood up and said, Have You no answer to make? What about this that these men testify against You? But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest said to Him, I call upon you to swear by the living God, and tell us whether you are the Christ, the Son of God.

Silence » Keep » When the circumstances demand

Ecclesiastes 3:7

A time to rend and a time to sew, a time to keep silence and a time to speak,

Silence » Keep » In God's house

Silence » Keep » In the presence of enemies

Joshua 6:10

But Joshua commanded the people, You shall not shout or let your voice be heard, nor shall any word proceed out of your mouth until the day I tell you to shout. Then you shall shout!

Silence » Of Christ » In the closing days of his work

John 14:30

I will not talk with you much more, for the prince (evil genius, ruler) of the world is coming. And he has no claim on Me. [He has nothing in common with Me; there is nothing in Me that belongs to him, and he has no power over Me.]

Silence » Of Christ » Before herod

Silence » Keep » In evil times

Silence » Of Christ » In the presence of a woman's accusers

John 8:6

This they said to try (test) Him, hoping they might find a charge on which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger.

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How Silence Is Wise

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In a multitude of words transgression is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is prudent.