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Bible Verses about Listening to Others

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Are you looking for Bible verses about listening to others to seek Biblical truth about listening?

When it comes to listening to others, I am admittedly a poor listener at times. I have so many thoughts flowing through my head that I am distracted.

However, the Bible has much to say about listening to others and how what they say can lead to wisdom and a better life in and of itself.

What does the Bible say about listening to others?

Check out these eight Bible verses about listening to others:

  • James 1:19
  • Proverbs 10:17
  • Proverbs 12:15
  • Proverbs 18:15
  • Proverbs 5:1
  • Matthew 7:24
  • John 10:27
  • Proverbs 11:14

We are going to break down these Bible verses about listening for you and what it could mean in your life.

8 Strong Bible verses about listening to others


1. Quick to Listen

When others call us on the phone, we need to be quick to listen to what they have to say. And when we listen to them, we can consider what they have said.

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 NIV

2. Instruction is Life-giving

Whenever we listen to the teaching of others, this gives us guidance for life. It can clear the path ahead of us.

And if we have listened to the wisdom of others who redirect us when we have stumbled, we won’t be responsible for the downfall of others around us. 

Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life, but he who rejects reproof leads others astray. Proverbs 10:17 ESV

3. The Wise Listen to the Advice of Others

There are many wise women in my church. And some of them attend the Bible study that I have the honor of facilitating.

Their wisdom from years of following the Lord radiates from them. Those who listen to the advice of others are considered wise.

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice. Proverbs 12:15 ESV


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4. Seeks Knowledge

One area of listening to others that I love to do is learning new things. Every year I could not wait until school started. And even today I desire to learn new things.

I like learning new facets of Bible verses that I had not considered before. If someone has something to share that is of interest to me, I will lean in to seek knowledge from them.

An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. Proverbs 18:15 ESV

Are you leaning in to seek knowledge from those around you?

5. Listen to your elders

Listening to others includes listening to our parents or those in authority over us. I admit at times listening to my parents was not my strong suit. Even though I was a “good kid”, there were days that I rebelled and wanted to go my own way.

King Solomon of the Old Testament was considered the wisest man on earth, yet he rebelled and made many mistakes in his life. In chapter 5 of Proverbs, Solomon warned his son to learn from his mistakes. He told him to lean his ear in to learn from his wise dad.

My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding. Proverbs 5:1 ESV

Parents, grandparents, or the wise women in our church know a thing or two about life. They have done things well. And at other times, they have tripped up and fallen flat on their faces. We will do well to listen to those who learned from life and are willing to share their experiences with us to save us from the pain of learning those same lessons.

6. Listen to God’s Word and Follow Through

Jesus told many parables to teach us lessons. One story was about a man who built his house on the rock so he was ready for when the wind and waves came up. He compared this man to a person who listens to the words of Jesus and actually does them.

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” Matthew 7:24 ESV

The opposite of listening to Jesus and not following what He has said was like a man building his house on sand. And when the wind and waves come up, the house falls apart.

When we listen and follow what God’s Word says, we have a foundation that is solid and can withstand the storms of life when they come upon us.

7. Listen for His Voice

Shepherds spend so much time with their sheep. They guide them to green pastures, fight off lions and other predators, and even sleep outside with the flock.

The bond between the shepherd and the sheep is so close that the sheep come running when they are called. They know the shepherd’s voice well.

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27 ESV

We are like the sheep who know the shepherd’s voice. As we spend time in His Word and get to know more about God, we are able to discern when He is speaking to us.

It is in those times of prayer or through dreams, we can hear the voice of God speaking to us and leading us to the path that He wants us on.

8. Victory with Counselors

When listening to others, we need to listen to the wise counselors that God puts in our midst. Those who are wise and follow God’s Word can lead us to a sweet victory.

Where there is no guidance the people fall, But in an abundance of counselors there is victory. Proverbs 11:14 NASB

When my job changed a few years ago, I had the choice of taking another position within the company or taking severance and leaving. I wanted to high-tail it out of there. But when I texted the ladies from my Bible study group, they said I should stay and take the other position.

Their wise words lead me to a victory of sorts. I spent the next two years under the influence and guidance of a Christian boss. It was a time of healing and growing. And I am so thankful that I listened to my wise counselors.

Bible verses about listening to others: What’s your response?

Of these eight Bible verses about listening to others, what is your favorite? Or is there a new verse that caught your eye and you are encouraged to step out in faith to follow through?

Hit reply in the comment section below and share with us how you have listened and learned from God’s Word today.



  • Cindy Schwerdtfeger

    Cindy is a writer from Minneapolis, Minnesota.  She is a wife to Dave for 33 years, a mother of two grown kids who serve the Lord, one son-in-love, one daughter-in-love, 4 wonderful grandchildren and foster grandchild.  She is a full-time Information Services manager by day and a writer at night. She teaches a women’s Bible study at her church and runs the sound for worship.  Her focus is helping dressed working women find contentment in God's plan. Her website is GodsPlanGuidedSteps or you can find her on Facebook, InstagramTwitter, or Pinterest.

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