I am trying to remember a verse I've heard, and almost positive I've read, before.

I do not remember the exact phrasing.

It was similar to: 'If no one is there to witness, even the rocks of the field and [trees? mountains? nature?] will witness/speak the word`. I believe this is in the New Testament, possibly Jesus speaking.

What is the passage that relates to what would happen if no one was around to witness?

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because verse identification questions are now off-topic. – fгedsbend Jul 7 '15 at 19:01

I believe you are thinking of Luke 19:40:

‘I tell you [Pharisees],’ he [Jesus] replied, ‘if they [His disciples] keep quiet, the stones will cry out.’

Other passages that refer to the witness of creation include Psalm 19 and Romans 1:20.

  • Hmmm maybe so, I really thought there is a verse specifically about the absence of witnesses or people to speak the word. Perhaps I am getting mixed up. – Garet Claborn May 18 '14 at 9:41
  • @GaretClaborn: this verse does specify the disciples not speaking. Or did you mean, not specifically preaching the Gospel (the word)? – Reinstate Monica - Goodbye SE May 18 '14 at 9:44
  • Yes, at least in my memory, the verse was pertaining to spreading the Gospel and how nothing could prevent it from going forward. Still, it could be that my mind is remembering this verse mixed with another since it seems very close. I'll have to look around a little. – Garet Claborn May 18 '14 at 9:45
  • There's a verse in Acts (I think - I'll have to look it up) that says something about the Gospel being unstoppable - but I don't think it says anything about nature preaching the Gospel. – Greg May 21 '14 at 0:14

Romans suggests that knowledge of God can be seen by the created world:

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. (Romans 1:20)

It doesn't say that nature will speak of Jesus, but it will speak of God's character


Maybe this is what you are thinking of: Matthew 3:9 "And do not think you can say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham."


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