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50 Insightful Nighttime Quotes From the Bible

Updated on February 02, 2017
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MsDora, former teacher and Christian counselor is also an avid Bible student and loves to compile user-friendly Bible quotes by topics.

While most people sleep at night, others remain awake counting sheep. Still others are confronted with life-changing experiences at midnight, as referenced in the following Bible quotes from the New Living Translation. Gain some insight and adopt a verse or two for personal reflection.

General Nighttime Facts

It is the Lord who provides...the moon and stars to light the night (Jeremiah 31:35).

Night sky over Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

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  1. He made all the stars—the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations of the southern sky (Job 9:9)
  2. He [God] speaks in dreams, in visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they lie in their beds (Job 33:15).
  3. The heavens proclaim the glory of God...night after night they make him known (Psalm 19:2).
  4. The Lord merely spoke, and the heavens were created. He breathed the word, and all the stars were born (Psalm 33:6).
  5. They [the wicked] lie awake at night, hatching sinful plots. Their actions are never good (Psalm 36:4).
  6. You [God] send the darkness, and it becomes night, when all the forest animals prowl about (Psalm 104:20).
  7. It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night...for God gives rest to his loved ones (Psalm 127:2).
  8. By his knowledge the deep fountains of the earth burst forth, and the dew settles beneath the night sky (Proverbs 3:20).
  9. For evil people can’t sleep until they’ve done their evil deed for the day (Proverbs 4:16).
  10. People who work hard sleep well, whether they eat little or much. But the rich seldom get a good night’s sleep (Ecclesiastes 5:12).

Nighttime Reflection

I reflect at night on who you are, O Lord; therefore, I obey your instructions (Psalm 119:55).

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  1. In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe (Psalm 4:8).
  2. When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—the moon and the stars you set in place—what are ...human beings that you should care for them? (Psalm 8: 3, 4)
  3. I will bless the Lord who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me (Psalm 16:7).
  4. You have tested my thoughts and examined my heart in the night...I am determined not to sin in what I say (Psalm 17:3).
  5. I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night (Psalm 63:6).
  6. I stay awake through the night, thinking about your promise (Psalm 119:148).
  7. Give thanks to him who made the heavenly lights—and the moon and stars to rule the night (Psalm 136: 7, 9).
  8. Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name (Isaiah 40:26).
  9. I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night—but even in darkness I cannot hide from you (Psalm 139:11,12).
  10. The remnant of Israel will do no wrong ... will eat and sleep in safety, and no one will make them afraid (Zephaniah 3;13).

Songs in the Night

Where is God my Creator, the one who gives songs in the night? (Job 35:10)

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  1. David sang this song to the Lord..."O Lord, you are my lamp. The Lord lights up my darkness" (2 Samuel 22: 1, 29).
  2. And each morning and evening they stood before the Lord to sing songs of thanks and praise to him (1 Chronicles 23: 30).
  3. The prophet Jeremiah composed funeral songs for Josiah, and to this day choirs still sing these sad songs (2 Chronicles 35:25).
  4. Do not long for the cover of night ...Instead, glorify his mighty works, singing songs of praise (Job 36: 20, 24).
  5. But each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs (Psalm 42:8).
  6. I think of the good old days ... when my nights were filled with joyful songs (Psalm 77: 5, 6).
  7. Oh, praise the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, you who serve at night in the house of the Lord (Psalm 134:1).
  8. Let the faithful rejoice that he honors them. Let them sing for joy as they lie on their beds (Psalm 149:5).
  9. When it was evening, Jesus sat down at the table with the Twelve...Then they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives (Matthew 26:20,30).
  10. Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God and the other prisoners were listening (Acts 16: 25).

Significant Nighttime Events

Then he separated the light from the darkness. God called ... the darkness “night” (Genesis 1:4).

  1. At sundown he [Jacob] arrived at a good place...and stopped there for the night...He dreamed of a stairway that reached from the earth up to heaven...He named that place Bethel [which means “house of God”] (Genesis 28: 11, 12, 19).
  2. So Jacob worked seven years to pay for Rachel. But that night...Laban took Leah to Jacob...Jacob raged at Laban. “Why have you tricked me?” (Genesis 29: 20, 23, 25)
  3. At midnight, the Lord struck down all the firstborn sons in the land of Egypt (Exodus 12:29).
  4. The manna came down on the camp with the dew during the night (Numbers 11:9).
  5. Then Joshua secretly sent out two spies from the Israelite camp at Acacia Grove...So the two men set out and came to the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there that night (Joshua 2;1).
  6. Samuel was sleeping in the Tabernacle near the Ark of God...And the Lord came and called as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel replied, “Speak, your servant is listening” (1 Samuel 3: 2, 10).

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7. One night during the second year of his reign, Nebuchadnezzar had such disturbing dreams that he couldn’t sleep...That night the secret was revealed to Daniel in a vision (Daniel 2: 1, 19).

8. Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, Peter—this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.” ... A little later...Peter swore..."I don’t know the man!” And immediately the rooster crowed (Matthew 26: 34, 73).

9. There was a man named Nicodemus, a Jewish religious leader who was a Pharisee. After dark one evening, he came to speak with Jesus...Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God” (John 3:1-3)

10. The night before Peter was to be placed on trial ...the angel struck him on the side to awaken him and said, “Quick! Get up!” And the chains fell off his wrists...So Peter left the cell, following the angel (Acts 12: 6,7,9

Prophetic References

Watchman, how much longer until morning? When will the night be over? (Isaiah 21:11).

  1. The Lord, the Light of Israel, will be a fire; the Holy One will be a flame...burning up the enemy in a single night (Isaiah 10:17).
  2. Desert animals will mingle there with hyenas, their howls filling the night...and night creatures will come there to rest (Isaiah 34:14).
  3. Darkness as black as night covers all the nations of the earth, but the glory of the Lord rises and appears over you (Isaiah 60: 2).
  4. No longer will you need the sun to shine by day, nor the moon to give its light by night, for the Lord your God will be your everlasting light (Isaiah 6019).
  5. You know the saying, "Red sky at night means fair weather tomorrow" (Matthew 16:2).
  6. He [the master] may come in the middle of the night (Luke 12:38).
  7. That night two people will be asleep in one bed; one will be taken, the other left (Luke 17:34).
  8. The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here (Romans 13:12).
  9. Its [New Jerusalem's) gates will never be closed at the end of day because there is no night there (Revelation 21:25).
  10. And there will be no night there—no need for lamps or sun—for the Lord God will shine on them (Revelation 22:5).

© 2017 Dora Isaac Weithers


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      whonunuwho 2 months ago from United States

      Thank you for these insightful reminders of who we should strive to be.Blessings MsDora. whonu

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Whonu. I like your view on what the quotes do for us. If they help us strive, thank God.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      It's so interesting that some of these verses about insomnia reference evil and other negative personal qualities. I enjoyed reading the diversity of verses.

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      A remarkable compilation. It is printed and on my nightstand. It will be a beautiful journey as we read each one. Who needs sheep to count when we have Dora? Thank you

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 months ago from The Caribbean

      So true, Flourish. The Bible speaks to good and bad situations proving itself practical. Glad you enjoyed the compilation of verses.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 months ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, I'm blown away by your kind remarks and your kind deed. Thank you. You're a keeper.

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora you are our aunt around here. We even read your letter just to us and agreed God is great. If we just open up the box of possibilities and are humble enough to be guided by those wiser than us we learn about grace. It is a help for me to not say "I said" but rather Dora said. The only wrong thing you can do is stop sharing.

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      Bill Holland 2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I spend a half hour each night, before sleep, reflecting, and this list is a great reflection companion. Thank you, Dora!

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      Maria Dorland 2 months ago from Johannesburg

      So inspiring MsDora. Thank you so much.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 months ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, I appreciate your encouragement. Just for you, I will continue to share.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 months ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, happy to help provide material for reflection. Of course, they are not my words, but it gives me great pleasure to share them. Thanks for your encouragement.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 months ago from The Caribbean

      Maria, there's much inspiration throughout the Bible, and I'm happy to share some verses. The nighttime theme was very interesting for me.

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      Martie Coetser 2 months ago from South Africa

      What a lovely collection of night-time scriptures! And what a great idea to collect scriptures like these. Thank you, MsDora!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 months ago from The Caribbean

      Martie, with all the turmoil and wearisome struggles we face each day, a comforting verse of scripture might come in handy at the end of the day. Thanks for registering your appreciation.

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      W. O. Frempong 2 months ago

      Hi Dora God bless you and give you long life . Please how can I download it. Thanks by W. O frempong from Ghana.

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      Jill Spencer 2 months ago from United States

      I have no memory of ever reading, "I think of the good old days ... when my nights were filled with joyful songs" in Psalms. It must be the translation you use that makes it so fresh and real and memorable. I like it!

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      Eboni 2 months ago

      These quotes all come in handy during metaphorically dark days to show that God is still there. Those in the Reflection section are perfect for meditation. Thank you for doing this.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 months ago from The Caribbean

      W.O. Frempong, thanks for the blessings. May the Lord bless you too, as you read these Scriptures. If you want to print the article, click "File" in your top browser, then "Print."

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 months ago from The Caribbean

      Jill, these quotes are from the New Living Translation. Glad you like the rendition. Thanks for letting me know. The King James version says, "I have considered the days of old...I call to remembrance my song in the night." Psalm 77: 5, 6.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 months ago from The Caribbean

      Eboni, happy that you find the quotes helpful. The reason you cited are all purposes for which Scripture is intended. Thanks for your encouragement.

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      Tamarajo 2 months ago from Southern Minnesota

      Nice compilation of verses to mediate on at night. It seems like night time makes for good moments to do that. I sometimes feel like I have the world to myself with no interruptions.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 months ago from The Caribbean

      Tamarajo, good for you. Peaceful nights are a blessing. Alone with God, we hear Him better. Thanks for weighing in.

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      Linda Crampton 2 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for sharing this interesting list of quotations, MsDora. I'm always impressed by your extensive knowledge of the Bible.

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      W. O frempong 2 months ago

      Hi Dora how can one help this project?

      Once again God bless you. W. O. Frempong from Ghana. Thanks

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 months ago from The Caribbean

      Alicia, I appreciate your support. Remember that these lines are quotes; I do not know them all by memory, but yes, I love to study the Bible.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 months ago from The Caribbean

      Frempong, I guess that you are asking how to become a writer on HubPages. Click the "Sign In" tab at the top right. Then click on "Sign Up Now" and follow the instructions. After you sign up, feel free to ask for help.

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      Denise W Anderson 2 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Before my husband and I go to sleep, we read verses from the scriptures. It brings a peaceful close to the day and gives us pleasant thoughts for our dreams.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 months ago from The Caribbean

      Denise, thanks for sharing. That's a great practice you and your husband established, and the results are worth it. Hope some of my readers will try that.

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      BODYLEVIVE 8 weeks ago from Alabama, USA

      I love these inspiring references. I have verses that I've adopted and the inspire me from day to day. I like your choices of scripture, perfectly fitting. Be blessed

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 8 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Bodylevive, thanks for your encouragement. There are so many good verses that we can both pick the ones we like, and pick differently. Be blessed also and inspired!

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      Lawrence Hebb 7 weeks ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      "Thy word, is a lamp unto my feet, and a light to my path" One of my favourites. Not strictly about 'the night' I know, but still a light in a dark path.



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      Dora Isaac Weithers 7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Lawrence, we associate night with darkness so that works. Also, someone, somewhere is repeating this verse during a dark night on the metaphorical path. Thanks for your input.

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