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A calm, peaceful and restrained attitude to life and way of approaching God frequently commended in Scripture even in adverse circumstances. It is also a condition experienced by God’s friends and enemies when confronted by his majesty.

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Quietness of life

1 Timothy 2:1–2 ESV
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.
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A quiet temperament

Genesis 25:27 ESV
When the boys grew up, Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field, while Jacob was a quiet man, dwelling in tents.

Quiet activity

Matthew 1:19 ESV
And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.
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The wisdom of being quiet

Amos 5:13 ESV
Therefore he who is prudent will keep silent in such a time, for it is an evil time.
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Quietness in different circumstances

In peace and rest

Psalm 23:2 ESV
He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.
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After conflict

1 Chronicles 22:9 ESV
Behold, a son shall be born to you who shall be a man of rest. I will give him rest from all his surrounding enemies. For his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quiet to Israel in his days.
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When in distress


9 And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people wept as they heard the words of the Law.

10 Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

11 So the Levites calmed all the people, saying, “Be quiet, for this day is holy; do not be grieved.”

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When before a higher authority


God’s quiet voice

1 Kings 19:12–13 ESV
And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

Absence of quietness

Because of inner conflict

Job 3:26 ESV
I am not at ease, nor am I quiet; I have no rest, but trouble comes.”
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Because of sin

Isaiah 57:20–21 ESV
But the wicked are like the tossing sea; for it cannot be quiet, and its waters toss up mire and dirt. There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.”

God chooses quietness

Isaiah 18:4 ESV
For thus the Lord said to me: “I will quietly look from my dwelling like clear heat in sunshine, like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.”
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God rejects quietness

Isaiah 62:1 ESV
For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a burning torch.

God brings quietness

Psalm 76:8 ESV
From the heavens you uttered judgment; the earth feared and was still,
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Quietness before God

Being quiet before God

7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!
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Quietness in prayer

Matthew 6:6 ESV
But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
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Quietness as calmness

In contrast with the storm

Matthew 8:26 ESV
And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.
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In contrast with rashness

Ecclesiastes 10:4 ESV
If the anger of the ruler rises against you, do not leave your place, for calmness will lay great offenses to rest.
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In contrast with unrest

Isaiah 7:4 ESV
And say to him, ‘Be careful, be quiet, do not fear, and do not let your heart be faint because of these two smoldering stumps of firebrands, at the fierce anger of Rezin and Syria and the son of Remaliah.
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In contrast with anger

Ezekiel 16:42 ESV
So will I satisfy my wrath on you, and my jealousy shall depart from you. I will be calm and will no more be angry.
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