Scripture and Bible Passages Helpful for Quiet Worship

Genesis 25:27—Jacob described favorably as a quiet man

Numbers 12:3-8—Moses a quiet man.

1 Kings 6:7—Stonework during building of Temple done off-site to retain reverent quiet

1 Kings 19:1-18—God speaks to Elijah in the quiet after the storm

1 Chronicles 22:7-10—Solomon described as a quiet and peaceful man

2 Chronicles 6:41-42—Temple described as quiet place for God

Psalm 19—Heavens, night, and day silently teach about God (see especially 1-4)

Psalm 46:10—Be still and know that I am God.

Psalm 62:1—My soul waits in silence for God only; From Him is my salvation.

Psalm 65:1—God of Zion, to you even silence is praise. (e.g., NASB, CEV, or The Message)

Ecclesiastes 3:7—a time for keeping silent and a time for speaking

Ecclesiastes 9:17—The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools. (NIV)

Isaiah 30:15—In return and rest you will be saved; quietness and trust will be your strength....

Isaiah 53:7-9 —The Messiah beaten but remains silent

Lamentations 3:28-30—When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer.

Habakkuk 2:20—But oh! God is in his holy Temple! Quiet everyone—a holy silence. Listen!”

Zephaniah 1:7-13—Quiet now! Reverent silence before me, God, the Master!

Zechariah 2:13—Quiet, everyone! Shh! Silence before God. Something’s afoot in his holy house. He’s on the move!

Matthew 14:22-33—Jesus goes to the mountain to pray alone before walking on water

Matthew 27:12-14—Jesus silent before His accusers. (Compare Isaiah 53:7-9)

Luke 5:16—Jesus regularly withdraws to quiet places for prayer

Revelation 8:1—Heaven falls silent for a half-hour