BIBLE VERSES

17 Amazing Bible Verses About Dreams and Visions

by Ryan Hart

Updated on October 1, 2019

In this post you’ll discover exactly what the Bible says about dreams!

Here’s the deal:

There are dozens of interpretations out there about the meaning of dreams in the Bible. Nobody seems to agree on what dreams symbolize. Some say they are messages from God. Others believe they have no meaning at all.

However, the most important source for truth on this subject is the Bible itself!

That’s why I decided to roundup all of the bible verses about dreams and visions in one place. Then, we can decide once and for all the spiritual meaning of dreams.

Ready to find out my favorite scriptures on dreams?

Let’s get started!

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Job 33:14-18 KJV

For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction, that he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man. He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.

1 Kings 3:5 KJV

Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace

1 Samuel 28:15 KJV

And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do.

Acts 2:17 KJV

And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.

Acts 16:9-10 KJV

And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us. And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.

Acts 18:9 KJV

Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace

Daniel 1:17 KJV

As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.

Daniel 4:5 KJV

I saw a dream which made me afraid, and the thoughts upon my bed and the visions of my head troubled me.

Daniel 7:1-3 KJV

In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters. Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea. And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.

Genesis 20:3 KJV

But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she is a man's wife.

Genesis 40:8 KJV

And they said unto him, We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it. And Joseph said unto them, Do not interpretations belong to God? tell me them, I pray you.

Matthew 1:20-23 KJV

But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Matthew 2:13 KJV

And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

Numbers 12:6 KJV

And 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.

Isaiah 29:7-8 KJV

And the multitude of all the nations that fight against Ariel, even all that fight against her and her munition, and that distress her, shall be as a dream of a night vision. It shall even be as when an hungry man dreameth, and, behold, he eateth; but he awaketh, and his soul is empty: or as when a thirsty man dreameth, and, behold, he drinketh; but he awaketh, and, behold, he is faint, and his soul hath appetite: so shall the multitude of all the nations be, that fight against mount Zion.

Deuteronomy 13:1-3 KJV

If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

Judges 7:13-15 KJV

And when Gideon was come, behold, there was a man that told a dream unto his fellow, and said, Behold, I dreamed a dream, and, lo, a cake of barley bread tumbled into the host of Midian, and came unto a tent, and smote it that it fell, and overturned it, that the tent lay along. And his fellow answered and said, This is nothing else save the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel: for into his hand hath God delivered Midian, and all the host. And it was so, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream, and the interpretation thereof, that he worshipped, and returned into the host of Israel, and said, Arise; for the Lord hath delivered into your hand the host of Midian.

What Does the Bible Say About Dreams?

Dreams appear often in the Bible. In many cases, dreams are used by God to send important messages. For example, God uses a dream to warn Joseph of danger (Matthew 2:12).

In Judges chapter 7 verse 13, Gideon hears of a dream that the enemy camp was about to collapse. This message gives Gideon hope and he goes on to defeat the Midianites with his small army.

God communicates with us in many ways. He may speak to you directly in response to your prayers or silently guide you in the right direction. But if we do not hear God’s warnings, He will send instructions in a dream as we sleep (Job 33:15).

So if you’ve been having dreams and wondering what they mean, it’s likely God trying to send you an urgent message.

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Now It's Your Turn

And now I’d like to hear from you.

What do you think is the spiritual meaning of dreams?

Which bible verse about dreams is your favorite?

Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below right now.