What Does the Bible Say About Vision? 11 Powerful Verses


Habakkuk 2:2

ESVAnd the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.
KJVAnd the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
NASBThen the LORD answered me and said, “Record the vision And inscribe it on tablets, That the one who reads it may run.
NIVThen the LORD replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.
NLTThen the LORD said to me, “Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others.

Proverbs 29:18

ESVWhere there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.
KJVWhere there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
NASBWhere there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, But happy is he who keeps the law.
NIVWhere there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.
NLTWhen people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is joyful.

Habakkuk 2:3

ESVFor still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.
KJVFor the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
NASB“For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay.
NIVFor the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.
NLTThis vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.

Joel 2:28

ESV“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.
KJVAnd it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
NASB“It will come about after this That I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, Your young men will see visions.
NIV“And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.
NLT“Then, after doing all those things, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions.

Jeremiah 29:11

ESVFor I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
KJVFor I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
NASB‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.
NIVFor I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
NLTFor I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Amos 3:7

ESV“For the Lord God does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets.
KJVSurely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.
NASBSurely the Lord GOD does nothing Unless He reveals His secret counsel To His servants the prophets.
NIVSurely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.
NLTIndeed, the Sovereign LORD never does anything until he reveals his plans to his servants the prophets.

Acts 18:9

ESVAnd the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent,
KJVThen spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace:
NASBAnd the Lord said to Paul in the night by a vision, “Do not be afraid any longer, but go on speaking and do not be silent;
NIVOne night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent.
NLTOne night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision and told him, “Don’t be afraid! Speak out! Don’t be silent!

Jeremiah 23:6

ESVThus says the Lord of hosts: “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you, filling you with vain hopes. They speak visions of their own minds, not from the mouth of the Lord.
KJVIn his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
NASB“In His days Judah will be saved, And Israel will dwell securely; And this is His name by which He will be called, ‘The LORD our righteousness.’
NIVIn his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The LORD Our Righteous Savior.
NLTAnd this will be his name: ‘The LORD Is Our Righteousness.’ In that day Judah will be saved, and Israel will live in safety.

Numbers 12:6

ESVAnd he said, “Hear my words: If there is a prophet among you, I the Lord make myself known to him in a vision; I speak with him in a dream.
KJVAnd he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.
NASBHe said, “Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, shall make Myself known to him in a vision. I shall speak with him in a dream.
NIVhe said, “Listen to my words: “When there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, reveal myself to them in visions, I speak to them in dreams.
NLTAnd the LORD said to them, “Now listen to what I say: “If there were prophets among you, I, the LORD, would reveal myself in visions. I would speak to them in dreams.

1 John 4:1

ESVBeloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
KJVBeloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
NASBBeloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
NIVDear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
NLTDear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world.

1 Samuel 3:1

ESVNow the young man Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision.
KJVAnd the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision.
NASBNow the boy Samuel was ministering to the LORD before Eli. And word from the LORD was rare in those days, visions were infrequent.
NIVThe boy Samuel ministered before the LORD under Eli. In those days the word of the LORD was rare; there were not many visions.
NLTMeanwhile, the boy Samuel served the LORD by assisting Eli. Now in those days messages from the LORD were very rare, and visions were quite uncommon.

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