The word “listen” appears 278 times throughout the books of the Bible. The graph below shows the locations of each appearance. It begins with Genesis in the top left and concludes with Revelation in the bottom right.
Here are the 30 best Bible scriptures on listening.
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.
Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.
If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.
Making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding.
“He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
1 John 5:14
And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.
1 John 5:15
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.
1 Kings 3:9
Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?”
1 Thessalonians 2:13
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.
1 Thessalonians 5:19
Do not quench the Spirit.
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.
And said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, lest we die.”
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.
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
“Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.”
“Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”
But he answered them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”
“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.”
And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.”
“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.”
“But whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.”
Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance.
Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.
A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.
Cease to hear instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.
Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear.
To the choirmaster: for the flutes. A Psalm of David. Give ear to my words, O Lord; consider my groaning.
O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.
“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.”
“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.”
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Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Master's Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.