53+ Bible Verses About Listening to Others

Shaun Connell.
Last updated
November 24, 2023

In a world bustling with noise and distractions, the art of listening is a treasured oasis of understanding and empathy. The Scripture emphasizes this virtue, offering guidance on how listening to others is not merely a polite gesture but a profound act of love and respect. Throughout this collection, we will explore 56 Bible verses and 7 insightful Christian quotes that delve into the significance of listening from a Christian perspective.

The ability to listen is highlighted as a spiritual discipline that opens the door to wisdom and insight. The Bible, rich with verses that urge us to listen attentively, is a roadmap for nurturing this essential skill. As we sift through these passages, let us be reminded that to listen is to embrace another's experience, an invitation to step into their shoes and understand their journey. Continue reading for a comprehensive understanding of what the Bible teaches about the power of listening.

The Importance of Listening

"So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;"

- James 1:19 (NKJV)

"He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"

- Matthew 11:15 (NKJV)

"Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, And apply your heart to my knowledge;"

- Proverbs 22:17 (NKJV)

"To answer before listening — that is folly and shame."

- Proverbs 18:13 (NKJV)

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

- James 1:19 (NKJV)

"The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But he who heeds counsel is wise."

- Proverbs 12:15 (NKJV)

"Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance—"

- Proverbs 1:5 (NKJV)

Listening as an Act of Love

"He who covers a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates friends."

- Proverbs 17:9 (NKJV)

"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends."

- John 15:13 (NKJV)

"Therefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;"

- James 1:19 (NKJV)


"By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."

- John 13:35 (NKJV)

"Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers."

- Ephesians 4:29 (NKJV)

"But he who listens to me will dwell safely, And will be secure, without fear of evil."

- Proverbs 1:33 (NKJV)

"Open rebuke is better Than love carefully concealed."

- Proverbs 27:5 (NKJV)

Listening to Gain Wisdom

"Apply your heart to instruction, And your ears to words of knowledge."

- Proverbs 23:12 (NKJV)

"Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning."

- Proverbs 9:9 (NKJV)

"The ear that hears the rebukes of life Will abide among the wise."

- Proverbs 15:31 (NKJV)

"The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge, And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge."

- Proverbs 18:15 (NKJV)

"A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel,"

- Proverbs 1:5 (NKJV)

"For wisdom is better than rubies, And all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her."

- Proverbs 8:11 (NKJV)

"Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter days."

- Proverbs 19:20 (NKJV)

"Cease listening to instruction, my son, And you will stray from the words of knowledge."

- Proverbs 19:27 (NKJV)

Listening for Understanding

"He who answers a matter before he hears it, It is folly and shame to him."

- Proverbs 18:13 (NKJV)

"Hear, my children, the instruction of a father, And give attention to know understanding."

- Proverbs 4:1 (NKJV)

"Does not wisdom cry out, And understanding lift up her voice?"

- Proverbs 8:1 (NKJV)

"Therefore give heed to your spirit, That you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ,"

- Philippians 1:10 (NKJV)

"Every purpose is established by counsel; By wise counsel wage war."

- Proverbs 20:18 (NKJV)

Listening in Times of Conflict

"A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger."

- Proverbs 15:1 (NKJV)

"The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, And his glory is to overlook a transgression."

- Proverbs 19:11 (NKJV)

"He who is slow to wrath has great understanding, But he who is impulsive exalts folly."

- Proverbs 14:29 (NKJV)

"‘Be angry, and do not sin’: do not let the sun go down on your wrath,"

- Ephesians 4:26 (NKJV)

"Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, For anger rests in the bosom of fools."

- Ecclesiastes 7:9 (NKJV)

"An angry man stirs up strife, And a furious man abounds in transgression."

- Proverbs 29:22 (NKJV)

"Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace."

- James 3:18 (NKJV)

Listening to God's Word

"But he said, 'More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!'"

- Luke 11:28 (NKJV)

"Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You."

- Psalm 119:11 (NKJV)

"So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."

- Romans 10:17 (NKJV)

"Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth."

- John 17:17 (NKJV)

"Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, I have strength."

- Proverbs 8:14 (NKJV)

"But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does."

- James 1:25 (NKJV)

"As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him."

- Psalm 18:30 (NKJV)

"The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;"

- Psalm 19:7 (NKJV)

Listening to the Holy Spirit

"However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come."

- John 16:13 (NKJV)

"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."

- Revelation 2:7 (NKJV)

"And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption."

- Ephesians 4:30 (NKJV)

"But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you."

- John 14:26 (NKJV)

"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God."

- Romans 8:14 (NKJV)

"Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,"

- 1 Timothy 4:1 (NKJV)

"But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His."

- Romans 8:9 (NKJV)

Listening in Relationships

"Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them."

- Colossians 3:19 (NKJV)

"Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband."

- Ephesians 5:33 (NKJV)

"He who finds a wife finds a good thing, And obtains favor from the LORD."

- Proverbs 18:22 (NKJV)

"Friends love at all times, And a brother is born for adversity."

- Proverbs 17:17 (NKJV)

"A talebearer reveals secrets, But he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter."

- Proverbs 11:13 (NKJV)

"Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens the countenance of his friend."

- Proverbs 27:17 (NKJV)

"Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers."

- Ephesians 4:29 (NKJV)

Christian Quotes

"Let God’s promises shine on your problems."

- Corrie Ten Boom

"God never said that the journey would be easy, but He did say that the arrival would be worthwhile."

- Max Lucado

"God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer."

- Mother Teresa


"Prayer is where the action is."

- John Wesley

"Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done."

- C.S. Lewis

"Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them."

- Elisabeth Elliot

"To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you."

- C.S. Lewis


The practice of listening is not only a skill but a gift we offer to others, reflecting the love and compassion of Christ. By embracing the art of listening, we mirror God’s attentiveness to our prayers and concerns. Through listening, we often find the wisdom and direction we need for our lives.

"Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you—The sure mercies of David."

- Isaiah 55:3 (NKJV)

"My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me."

- John 10:27 (NKJV)

"He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"

- Matthew 11:15 (NKJV)

As we have explored through the verses and quotes, listening is an integral part of Christian life—it fosters understanding, strengthens relationships, and deepens our connection with the divine. May we continue to grow in our ability to listen so that we may hear God and those He places in our lives more clearly.

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Written By:

Shaun Connell

Shaun Connell is a passionate Christian businessman and investor who lives in Texas. Shaun is a Reformed Baptist who believes that the Word of God should be used in every area of life.

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