The word “quiet” occurs 57 times in the Bible. The infographic below identifies the points of each occurrence. This graphic presentation starts with Genesis in the top left and concludes with Revelation in the bottom right.
Here are the 30 most compelling Bible scriptures on being quiet.
The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.
Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.
1 Chronicles 16:11
Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!
1 Peter 3:15
But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.
1 Peter 3:4
But let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.
1 Thessalonians 4:11
And to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you.
1 Timothy 2:2
For kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.
2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.
Therefore he who is prudent will keep silent in such a time, for it is an evil time.
A time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak.
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.
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
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.
Teach me, and I will be silent; make me understand how I have gone astray.
It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.
But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.
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.
When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.
The wise of heart will receive commandments, but a babbling fool will come to ruin.
Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding remains silent.
Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.
If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.
For they do not speak peace, but against those who are quiet in the land they devise words of deceit.
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!
Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Selah.
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.
The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
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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.