Visions widely attested in the early books of the Bible (e.g., Jacob’s dream, Gen 28:12
; Joseph’s dreams, Gen 37
), yet often viewed with distrust in the later tradition, as in (Jer 23:28
) “Let the prophet who has a dream tell the dream, but let the one who has my word speak my word faithfully” (Deut 13:2-6
); (Jer 27:9-10
); (Jer 29:8-9
); (Sir 34:1-8
). Dreams are rehabilitated as a mode of revelation in the apocalyptic literature. Daniel interprets the dreams of the gentile king and receives his own revelations in dream visions (also cf. Zech 1:8
) with the prophecy of (Joel 2:28
). In the NT dreams figure most prominently in the nativity story of Matthew.
12And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.
Joseph Dreams of Greatness
1Jacob settled in the land where his father had lived as an alien, the land of Canaan.2This is the story of the family of Jacob.
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28Let the prophet who has a dream tell the dream, but let the one who has my word speak my word faithfully. What has straw in common with wheat? says the Lord.
2and the omens or the portents declared by them take place, and they say, “Let us follow other gods” (whom you have not known) “and let us serve them,”3you must ... View more
9You, therefore, must not listen to your prophets, your diviners, your dreamers, your soothsayers, or your sorcerers, who are saying to you, “You shall not serv ... View more
8For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let the prophets and the diviners who are among you deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams tha ... View more
Dreams Mean Nothing
1The senseless have vain and false hopes,
and dreams give wings to fools.2As one who catches at a shadow and pursues the wind,
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8In the night I saw a man riding on a red horse! He was standing among the myrtle trees in the glen; and behind him were red, sorrel, and white horses.
God's Spirit Poured Out
28 Then afterward
I will pour out my spirit on all flesh;
your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
your old men shall dream dreams,
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