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The organ of speech; someone’s voice expresses a person’s character, thoughts and emotions, and attracts attention by its tone and volume.


The human voice

The sound of familiar voices

Acts 12:14 NLT
When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed that, instead of opening the door, she ran back inside and told everyone, “Peter is standing at the door!”
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Groups of people speaking in unison

Exodus 24:3 NLT
Then Moses went down to the people and repeated all the instructions and regulations the Lord had given him. All the people answered with one voice, “We will do everything the Lord has commanded.”
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Voices communicate in various ways

Voices expressing defiance

1 Samuel 17:8 NLT
Goliath stood and shouted a taunt across to the Israelites. “Why are you all coming out to fight?” he called. “I am the Philistine champion, but you are only the servants of Saul. Choose one man to come down here and fight me!
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Voices that give a battle cry

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Festive voices

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Voices expressing distress

Judges 21:2 NLT
Now the people went to Bethel and sat in the presence of God until evening, weeping loudly and bitterly.
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Voices of varying volume

God’s loud voice

Job 37:5 NLT
God’s voice is glorious in the thunder. We can’t even imagine the greatness of his power.
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Loud human voices

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God’s quiet voice

1 Kings 19:12–13 NLT
And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
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Quiet human voices

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Voices addressed to God

In praise

Luke 17:15 NLT
One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!”
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In prayer

Psalm 27:7 NLT
Hear me as I pray, O Lord. Be merciful and answer me!
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Assurance that God hears his people’s voice

Psalm 5:3 NLT
Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.
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God’s response to his people’s voice

Nehemiah 9:9 NLT
“You saw the misery of our ancestors in Egypt, and you heard their cries from beside the Red Sea.
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God sometimes refuses to hear his people’s voice

Ezekiel 8:18 NLT
Therefore, I will respond in fury. I will neither pity nor spare them. And though they cry for mercy, I will not listen.”
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The futility of lifting up one’s voice to an idol

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Voices that proclaim God’s word

The original sense of the voice of the heavens is reapplied to all who proclaim the gospel.
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The voice of God

God’s voice addresses individuals

Genesis 3:9 NLT
Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
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God’s voice is awe-inspiring

Psalm 29:3–9 NLT
The voice of the Lord echoes above the sea. The God of glory thunders. The Lord thunders over the mighty sea. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic. The voice of the Lord splits the mighty cedars; the Lord shatters the cedars of Lebanon. He makes Lebanon’s mountains skip like a calf; he makes Mount Hermon leap like a young wild ox. The voice of the Lord strikes with bolts of lightning. The voice of the Lord makes the barren wilderness quake; the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the Lord twists mighty oaks and strips the forests bare. In his Temple everyone shouts, “Glory!”
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God’s voice demands obedience

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God’s voice affirms his Son

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The voice of Jesus Christ

His voice is recognisable

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His voice calls people to him

John 7:37 NLT
On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me!
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His voice raises the dead

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His voice cries out


Other voices

The voices of angels

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The voice of wisdom


The voices of the natural world

Psalm 19:1–4 NLT
The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known. They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard. Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world. God has made a home in the heavens for the sun.
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