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Here is an extensive list of Bible verses about dreams and references. This list will help you study and understand this mysterious way God speaks to His children. We will be answering, “What does the Bible say about dreams?”
The best way to learn how God speaks and uses dreams is by studying the Bible and learning from what it says. This gives us a strong foundation of understanding and helps us to discern if a dream is from the Lord or pizza.
Being a prophetic individual you MUST be grounded in the word. You must understand it, know it, and live it…. You can’t pick and choose but understands the word as a whole.
I have been writing about dreams lately (I will continue to in the near future) and I thought it would be good to include a complete list of all bible verses about dreams and dream references for those who really want to dig deep.
Whether you are new or not to Biblical dreams or interpretation of dreams. I believe these verses can be useful in your growth and refresh your memory. And sometimes the Holy Spirit will bring fresh revelation on a verse you have studied before.
So, keep your heart open and let’s dig into the fascinating world of dreams!
*Please note all verses are from NIV Bible
Bible Verses About Dreams & References
Dreamers of the Bible
A list of every dreamer and dream they had
In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams. Acts 2:17
- Abimelech (Genesis 20:3-7)
- Jacob (Genesis 28:12; 31:10)
- Laban (Genesis 31:24)
- Joseph (Genesis 37:5-9)
- Pharaoh’s butler and baker (Genesis 40:5-19)
- Pharaoh (Genesis 41:1-7)
- Midianite (Judges 7:13-15)
- Solomon (1 Kings 3:5-15)
- Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 2:1, 31; 4:5, 8)
- Daniel (Daniel 7:1-28)
- Joseph (Matthew 1:20, 21; 2:13, 19, 20)
- Wise men (Matthew 2:11, 12)
- Pilate’s wife (Matthew 27:19)
- In the last days (Acts 2:17)
Revelation in the Night
These verses express revelation coming at night. It’s not clear if they are receiving it in a dream or vision.
For God does speak—now one way, now another—
though no one perceives it.
In a dream, in a vision of the night,
when deep sleep falls on people
as they slumber in their beds, –Job 33:14-15
During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” – Acts 16:9
- Paul: (Acts 23:11, Acts 16:9)
God Uses Dreams
he 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. – Numbers 12:6
To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds. Daniel 1:17
- Prophetic Calling ( Numbers 12:6; Deuteronomy 13:1; Daniel 1:17)
- In the last days (Joel 2:28; Acts 2:17)
- God speaks: Job 33:14-15
False Dreams & Dreams of the Soul
“I have heard what the prophets say who prophesy lies in my name. They say, ‘I had a dream! I had a dream!’ How long will this continue in the hearts of these lying prophets, who prophesy the delusions of their own minds? They think the dreams they tell one another will make my people forget my name, just as their ancestors forgot my name through Baal worship. Let the prophet who has a dream recount the dream, but let the one who has my word speak it faithfully. For what has straw to do with grain?” declares the Lord. – Jeremiah 23:25-28
In the very same way, on the strength of their dreams these ungodly people pollute their own bodies, reject authority and heap abuse on celestial beings. – Jude 1:8
- Pretending/Lying (Jeremiah 23:25-28; 29:8)
- Condemned for pretending/Lying (Jeremiah 23:32)
- Don’t listen too (Deuteronomy 13:1-3; Jeremiah 27:9)
- Meaningless (Ecclesiastes 5:7)
- Impure dreams (Jude 1:8)
- Visions in sleep (Job 33:15; Daniel 2:28)
- Imaginary (Job 20:8; Isaiah 29:8)
- Busy/Stress (Ecclesiastes 5:3)
- God’s will often being revealed (Numbers 12:6; Job 33:15)
Dreams that Cause Emotional Reaction
In the second year of his reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his mind was troubled and he could not sleep. So the king summoned the magicians, enchanters, sorcerers and astrologers to tell him what he had dreamed. When they came in and stood before the king, 3he said to them, “I have had a dream that troubles me and I want to know what it means.”
Then the astrologers answered the king, “May the king live forever! Tell your servants the dream, and we will interpret it.” – Daniel 2:1-4
- Emotional Reaction (Genesis 40:6; 41:8; Job 7:14; Daniel 2:1; 4:)
- Anxious/Nervous (Genesis 40:7-8; Daniel 2:3)
- Asking magicians because of emotional reaction (Genesis 41:8; Daniel 2:2-4)
God the Interpreter
The two biggest dream interpreters in the Bible made it very clear where they get their interpretations from:
Daniel replied, “No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in days to come. Your dream and the visions that passed through your mind as you were lying in bed are these:
“As Your Majesty was lying there, your mind turned to things to come, and the revealer of mysteries showed you what is going to happen. As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have greater wisdom than anyone else alive, but so that Your Majesty may know the interpretation and that you may understand what went through your mind. – Daniel 2:27-30
- Jospeh (Genesis 40:8; 41:16;
- Daniel (Daniel 2:27-30; 7:16)
Dreams used Illustratively
Then the hordes of all the nations that fight against Ariel,
that attack her and her fortress and besiege her,
will be as it is with a dream,
with a vision in the night—
as when a hungry person dreams of eating,
but awakens hungry still;
as when a thirsty person dreams of drinking,
but awakens faint and thirsty still.
So will it be with the hordes of all the nations
that fight against Mount Zion. – Isaiah 29:7-8
- Sinners (Job 20:5-8; Psalm 73:19, 20)
- Enemies (Isaiah 29:7, 8)
Keep Learning About Dreams
Dreams can be a mystery, but with the help of the Holy Spirit and His word we can gain understanding and wisdom concerning them. It’s important that we are sensitive to Him and gain wisdom.
We don’t want to give a dream too much attention when it’s just a soul dream and we don’t want to neglect a dream when it is God trying to speak to us.
This takes time and practice. One of the best things you can do is simply write down your dream and pray. Ask God for clarity and insight. Ask Him if this is from Him or not.
Trust that God will guide you and always put your dream to the test with the Bible. And I hope this list of Bible verses about dreams helps.
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Melissa is a passionate minister, speaker and an ongoing learner of the Bible. She has been involved in church and vocational ministry for over 18 years. And is the founder of Think About Such Things. She has the heart to equip the saints by helping them get into the Word of God and fall more in love with Jesus. She also enjoys family, cooking, and reading.
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