21 Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left.
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
14 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!”
22 So Jacob went closer to his father, and Isaac touched him. “The voice is Jacob’s, but the hands are Esau’s,” Isaac said.
Groups of people speaking in unison
3 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.”
22 The people gave him a great ovation, shouting, “It’s the voice of a god, not of a man!”
22 The crowd listened until Paul said that word. Then they all began to shout, “Away with such a fellow! He isn’t fit to live!”
Voices of varying volume
God’s loud voice
5 God’s voice is glorious in the thunder. We can’t even imagine the greatness of his power.
28 Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.” 29 Therefore the people who stood by and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to Him.”
Loud human voices
12 Then the whole assembly raised their voices and answered, “Yes, you are right; we must do as you say!”
9 O Zion, messenger of good news, shout from the mountaintops! Shout it louder, O Jerusalem. Shout, and do not be afraid. Tell the towns of Judah, “Your God is coming!”
God’s quiet voice
12 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. 13 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?”
14 These are just the beginning of all that he does, merely a whisper of his power. Who, then, can comprehend the thunder of his power?”
Quiet human voices
2 He will not cry out, nor raise His voice, Nor cause His voice to be heard in the street.
Voices addressed to God
15 One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!”
1 Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! 2 Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. 3 Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name.
14 But all who are left shout and sing for joy. Those in the west praise the Lord’s majesty.
37 When he reached the place where the road started down the Mount of Olives, all of his followers began to shout and sing as they walked along, praising God for all the wonderful miracles they had seen.
7 Hear me as I pray, O Lord. Be merciful and answer me!
1 O God, listen to my complaint. Protect my life from my enemies’ threats.
Assurance that God hears his people’s voice
3 Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.
17 Morning, noon, and night I cry out in my distress, and the Lord hears my voice.
God’s response to his people’s voice
9 “You saw the misery of our ancestors in Egypt, and you heard their cries from beside the Red Sea.
16 But when we cried out to the Lord, he heard us and sent an angel who brought us out of Egypt. Now we are camped at Kadesh, a town on the border of your land.
God sometimes refuses to hear his people’s voice
18 Therefore, I will respond in fury. I will neither pity nor spare them. And though they cry for mercy, I will not listen.”
1 Listen! The Lord’s arm is not too weak to save you, nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call. 2 It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.
Voices that proclaim God’s word
The original sense of the voice of the heavens is reapplied to all who proclaim the gospel.
18 But I ask, have the people of Israel actually heard the message? Yes, they have: “The message has gone throughout the earth, and the words to all the world.”
1 “Cry aloud, spare not; Lift up your voice like a trumpet; Tell My people their transgression, And the house of Jacob their sins.
The voice of God
God’s voice addresses individuals
9 Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
4 When the Lord saw Moses coming to take a closer look, God called to him from the middle of the bush, “Moses! Moses!” “Here I am!” Moses replied.
28 All around him was a glowing halo, like a rainbow shining in the clouds on a rainy day. This is what the glory of the Lord looked like to me. When I saw it, I fell face down on the ground, and I heard someone’s voice speaking to me.
God’s voice is awe-inspiring
3 The voice of the Lord echoes above the sea. The God of glory thunders. The Lord thunders over the mighty sea. 4 The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic. 5 The voice of the Lord splits the mighty cedars; the Lord shatters the cedars of Lebanon. 6 He makes Lebanon’s mountains skip like a calf; he makes Mount Hermon leap like a young wild ox. 7 The voice of the Lord strikes with bolts of lightning. 8 The voice of the Lord makes the barren wilderness quake; the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. 9 The voice of the Lord twists mighty oaks and strips the forests bare. In his Temple everyone shouts, “Glory!”
God’s voice affirms his Son
Mt 3:17 at Jesus Christ’s baptism; Mt 17:5 at the transfiguration; Jn 12:28; 2 Pe 1:17–18
17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”
5 But even as he spoke, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy. Listen to him.”
28 Father, bring glory to your name.” Then a voice spoke from heaven, saying, “I have already brought glory to my name, and I will do so again.”
17 when he received honor and glory from God the Father. The voice from the majestic glory of God said to him, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.” 18 We ourselves heard that voice from heaven when we were with him on the holy mountain.