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What Does The Bible Say About Sleep, Rest, and Quiet? Bible Verses about Rest,Sleep and Being Still

Updated on August 10, 2011

Being still, quiet, resting and sleeping. What does the Bible say about this? In our lives when we are so busy running around, rest is hard to come by. What does God say about rest and quietness? In this hub, I have a collection of Bible Verses on this topic. Most of them are taken from the NIV, New International Version. I encourage you to look up these passages in their context if you seek to understand them in a deeper way.


Matthew 11:28
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:29
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Psalm 16:9
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure,

Psalm 139:3
You see me, whether I am working or resting; you know all my actions.


Job 11:18
You will live secure and full of hope; God will protect you and give you rest.

Psalm 94:13
You give them rest from days of trouble until a pit is dug to trap the wicked.

Psalm 23:2
He lets me rest in fields of green grass and leads me to quiet pools of fresh water.

Job 36:11
If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment.

Psalm 116:7
Return to your rest, my soul, for the LORD has been good to you.

Psalm 91:1
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

Isaiah 57:2
Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.

Psalm 127:2
In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat— for he grants sleep to those he loves.

Proverbs 3:24
When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

Psalm 23:2

He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,

Exodus 14:14
The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

Psalm 46:10
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Psalm 37:7
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.



Amos 5:13
Therefore the prudent keep quiet in such times, for the times are evil.

Lamentations 3:26
it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.

Isaiah 32:17
The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.

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

Proverbs 17:1
Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.

Psalm 131:2
But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content.

Job 6:24
“Teach me, and I will be quiet; show me where I have been wrong.

Job 3:26

I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil.

Hebrews 4:1
[ A Sabbath-Rest for the People of God ] Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it.

Acts 2:26
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest in hope,

Isaiah 63:14
like cattle that go down to the plain, they were given rest by the Spirit of the LORD. This is how you guided your people to make for yourself a glorious name.

Isaiah 57:20
But the wicked are like the tossing sea, which cannot rest, whose waves cast up mire and mud.

Isaiah 11:10
In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious.

Isaiah 14:7
All the lands are at rest and at peace; they break into singing.

Isaiah 32:18
My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.

Psalm 95:11
So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’”

Psalm 62:5
Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.

Psalm 62:1
Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.

Psalm 55:6
I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.

Ecclesiastes 2:23
As long as you live, everything you do brings nothing but worry and heartache. Even at night your mind can't rest. It is all useless.

Psalm 90:17
May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands.

Jeremiah 31:2
This is what the LORD says: “The people who survive the sword will find favor in the wilderness; I will come to give rest to Israel.”

Jeremiah 33:12
“This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘In this place, desolate and without people or animals—in all its towns there will again be pastures for shepherds to rest their flocks.

Proverbs 6:4

Don't let yourself go to sleep or even stop to rest.

Job 3:17
In the grave wicked people stop their evil, and tired workers find rest at last.

Job 30:17
Night pierces my bones; my gnawing pains never rest.



Lamentations 5:5
Those who pursue us are at our heels; we are weary and find no rest.

Psalm 22:2
During the day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer; I call at night, but get no rest.

Job 3:26
I have no peace, no rest, and my troubles never end.

Job 7:13

I lie down and try to rest; I look for relief from my pain.

Genesis 18:4
Let me bring some water for you to wash your feet; you can rest here beneath this tree.

Genesis 28:11
At sunset he came to a holy place and camped there. He lay down to sleep, resting his head on a stone.

Exodus 16:29
Remember that I, the Lord, have given you a day of rest, and that is why on the sixth day I will always give you enough food for two days. Everyone is to stay where he is on the seventh day and not leave his home.

Exodus 20:10
but the seventh day is a day of rest dedicated to me. On that day no one is to work, neither you, your children, your slaves, your animals, nor the foreigners who live in your country.

Exodus 20:11
In six days I, the Lord, made the earth, the sky, the seas, and everything in them, but on the seventh day I rested. That is why I, the Lord, blessed the Sabbath and made it holy.

Exodus 23:11
But in the seventh year let it rest, and do not harvest anything that grows on it. The poor may eat what grows there, and the wild animals can have what is left. Do the same with your vineyards and your olive trees.

Exodus 23:12
Work six days a week, but do no work on the seventh day, so that your slaves and the foreigners who work for you and even your animals can rest.

Exodus 31:13
to tell the people of Israel, Keep the Sabbath, my day of rest, because it is a sign between you and me for all time to come, to show that I, the Lord, have made you my own people.

Exodus 31:14
You must keep the day of rest, because it is sacred. Whoever does not keep it, but works on that day, is to be put to death.

Exodus 31:15
You have six days in which to do your work, but the seventh day is a solemn day of rest dedicated to me. Whoever does any work on that day is to be put to death.

Exodus 31:17
It is a permanent sign between the people of Israel and me, because I, the Lord, made heaven and earth in six days, and on the seventh day I stopped working and rested.

Leviticus 23:3
You have six days in which to do your work, but remember that the seventh day, the Sabbath, is a day of rest. On that day do not work, but gather for worship. The Sabbath belongs to the Lord, no matter where you live.

Leviticus 23:32
From sunset on the ninth day of the month to sunset on the tenth observe this day as a special day of rest, during which nothing may be eaten.

Leviticus 25:4
But the seventh year is to be a year of complete rest for the land, a year dedicated to the Lord. Do not plant your fields or prune your vineyards.

Deuteronomy 6:7
Teach them to your children. Repeat them when you are at home and when you are away, when you are resting and when you are working.

2 Samuel 16:14
The king and all his men were worn out when they reached the Jordan, and there they rested.


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