In many places the Bible encourages the practice of silence and stillness as paths to opening to an awareness of God and as the natural response to that awareness.

I Kings 19:7-13 – prophet Elijah after his great victory over the priests of Baal at Mount Carmel, flees from Jezebel, hides in cave on Mount Horeb – great wind comes, earthquake, fire but the Lord is not in the fire, earthquake, or the wind:

               .12  after the fire a sound of sheer silence.  When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.

Psalm 107:28-30 – Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out from their distress; he made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed.  Then they were glad because they had quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven.

Zephaniah 1:7Be silent before the Lord God!  For the day of the Lord is at hand.

Zechariah 2:13  – Be silent, all people, before the Lord; for he has roused himself from his holy dwelling.

Amos 8:3 – the Lord said to me… ‘be silent.’

Psalm 4:4 – When you are disturbed, do not sin; ponder it on your beds, and be silent.

Deuteronomy 27:9 – Then Moses and the levitical priests spoke to all Israel, saying: Keep silence and hear, O Israel!

Habakkuk 2:20 – the Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him!

Isaiah 47:5Sit in silence, and go into darkness.

Leviticus 10:2 – And Aaron was silent.

Psalm 46:10Be still and know that I am God!

Isaiah 41:1 – Listen to me in silence, O coastlands; let the peoples renew their strength.

Ecclesiastes 5:1 – Guard your steps when you go to the house of God; to draw near to listen is better than the sacrifice offered by fools.

Matthew 6:6-8 – whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door [to the noise of external distractions] and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret [beyond normal sense perception] will reward you.  When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words.

Lamentations 3:25-28a – The Lord is good to those who wait for him; to the soul that seeks him.  It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

Psalm 62:1 – For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.

Isaiah 30:15 – For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and trust shall be your strength.

Psalm 39:9 – I am silent; I do not open my mouth, for it is you who have done it.

Romans 3:19 – Now we know that whatever the law says, it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced.

I Thessalonians 4:11 – We urge you, beloved to aspire to live quietly.

I Peter 3:4 – let your adornment be the inner self with the lasting beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in God’s sight.

James 3:5b,6 – How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire!  And the tongue is a fire.  The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature, and is itself set on fire by hell.