The word “silence” occurs 34 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 important Bible scriptures on silence.
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.
For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.
It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.
Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!
1 Peter 2:15
For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.
“The songs of the temple shall become wailings in that day,” declares the Lord God. “So many dead bodies! They are thrown everywhere! Silence!”
A time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak.
The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.
But the Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.
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.
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.
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.
Men listened to me and waited and kept silence for my counsel.
Let him sit alone in silence when it is laid on him.
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.
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.
Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding remains silent.
A prudent man conceals knowledge, but the heart of fools proclaims folly.
If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.
Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.
A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.
You have seen, O Lord; be not silent! O Lord, be not far from me!
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!
Our God comes; he does not keep silence; before him is a devouring fire, around him a mighty tempest.
To the choirmaster: according to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David. For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.
A Song. A Psalm of Asaph. O God, do not keep silence; do not hold your peace or be still, O God!
When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
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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.