Listening is an important skill that we all need in order to communicate effectively with other people in our lives. It entails much more than just merely hearing what the other person has to say in order to respond to them but it is rather about paying keen attention in order to understand the message.

Bible verses about listening.
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In the Bible, Jesus teaches us about the power of listening through his narration of the parable of the sower. In the parable, Jesus compares the different types of soil to how different people listen and respond to the word of God.

Like the good soil in the parable of the sower, we are all called to open our ears and hearts to listen to God’s word in order to experience spiritual growth.

Here are 50 more Bible verses about listening that teach us to be better listeners both of God’s word as well as of other people in our lives.

Bible Verses About Listening

Proverbs 1:5    

“Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance.”

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James 1:19   

“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”

Proverbs 18:13   

“To answer before listening—that is folly and shame.”

Proverbs 19:20   

“Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.”

Matthew 13:9   

“Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

Bible verses about listening.
Bible verse from the book of Matthew 13:9.

Proverbs 16:20

“Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.”

Proverbs 1:8-9

“Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.”

Matthew 13:16   

“But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.”

Proverbs 21:13   

“Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out and not be answered.”

Luke 8:18   

“Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them.”

Ecclesiastes 5:1   

“Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong.”

Isaiah 1:18  

“Come now, let us settle the matter. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”

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Matthew 7:24   

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”

Romans 10:17  

“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.”

Mark 4:24  

“Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more.”

Luke 6:47-49  

“As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock.”

Bible verses about listening.
Bible verse from the book of Proverbs 18:13.

Luke 11:28  

“He replied, ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.'”

Hebrews 4:7   

“God again set a certain day, calling it ‘Today.’ This he did when a long time later he spoke through David, as in the passage already quoted: ‘Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.'”

Revelation 2:7   

“Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

Jeremiah 12:17

“But if any nation does not listen, I will completely uproot and destroy it,” declares the Lord.”

Deuteronomy 4:1-2   

“Hear now, Israel, the decrees and laws I am about to teach you. Follow them so that you may live and may go in and take possession of the land the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving you.”

Proverbs 25:12

“Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is the rebuke of a wise judge to a listening ear.”

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1 Samuel 3:10  

“The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ Then Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening.'”

Psalm 81:8   

“Hear me, my people, and I will warn you—if you would only listen to me, Israel!”

Matthew 13:13  

“This is why I speak to them in parables: ‘Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.'”

John 8:47   

“Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”

Bible verses about listening.
Bible verse from the book of Revelation 2:7.

Acts 3:22-23  

“For Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you.'”

Exodus 15:26   

“He said, ‘If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.'”

Jeremiah 7:23   

“But I gave them this command: Obey me, and I will be your God and you will be my people. Walk in obedience to all I command you, that it may go well with you.”

Zechariah 7:11   

“But they refused to pay attention; stubbornly they turned their backs and covered their ears.”

Proverbs 15:31   

“Whoever heeds life-giving correction will be at home among the wise.”

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Matthew 17:5   

“While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!'”

John 5:24   

“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.”

Revelation 3:20   

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”

James 2:5   

“Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?”

Bible verses about listening.
Bible verse from the book of Proverbs 15:31.

Proverbs 8:32   

“Now then, my children, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways.”

Revelation 3:22   

“Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

Revelation 22:17   

“The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come!’ Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.”

1 John 4:6   

“We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.”

Matthew 13:43   

“Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

Mark 7:14   

“Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, ‘Listen to me, everyone, and understand this.'”

Luke 8:8   

“Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown. When he said this, he called out, ‘Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.'”

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Hebrews 2:1   

“We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.”

James 5:7   

“Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains.”

Revelation 14:13  

“Then I heard a voice from heaven say, ‘Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ‘Yes,’ says the Spirit, ‘they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.'”

Romans 2:13   

“For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.”

Romans 6:17   

“But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance.”

James 1:22  

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”

1 John 5:14  

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”

Matthew 24:15   

“So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand.”

Revelation 1:3   

“Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.”