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God has frequently made use of dreams in communicating his will to men. The most remarkable instances of this are recorded in the history of Jacob (Genesis 28:12; 31:10), Laban (31:24), Joseph (37:9-11), Gideon (Judges 7), and Solomon (1 Kings 3:5).

Other significant dreams are also recorded, such as those of Abimelech (Genesis 20:3-7), Pharaoh’s chief butler and baker (40:5), Pharaoh (41:1-8), the Midianites (Judges 7:13), Nebuchadnezzar (Dan. 2:1; 4:10, 18), the wise men from the east (Matthew 2:12), and Pilate’s wife (27:19).

To Joseph, “the Lord appeared in a dream,” and gave him instructions regarding the infant Jesus (Matthew 1:20; 2:12-13, 19). In a vision of the night, a “man of Macedonia” stood before Paul and said, “Come over into Macedonia and help us” (Acts 16:9; see also 18:9; 27:23).

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