When we talk verbally, we are talking sound waves. God did speak verbally. Jesus took on flesh and at that time He, God even the living Word of God, spoke using sound waves, but what about to the prophets in the Old testament or Paul in the New testament? Well, we know Moses brought the people to the mountain of God to listen to God and God spoke, but an interesting thing happened. The people heard thunder! Ex 20:18 All the people perceived the thunder and the lighting flashes and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking... We get a recorded of what God said, but it is not clear the people heard the words of God, only the thunder and lighting flashes., and later we have a record of Moses telling the people that God had not yet given them ears to hear. Deut 29: 4 Yet to this day the Lord has not given you a heart to know, nor eyes to see, nor ears to hear. So if God to that day had not given them ears to hear, then either Moses was lying or in fact they didn't hear the words spoken at the mountain Yet Moses also gives and explanation about the word being near them. In their mouth and in your heart Deut 30:14 But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may observe it. And we see this problem with the people of God not hearing with their ears right on thru. the Old and New Testament. Ps 94:7 .. Today, if you would hear His voice Ps 106:25 ...they did not listen to the voice of the Lord. Now that is not Scriptures they were talking about, because the Scriptures were being written. Abram hear His voice, and there was no Scripture then. Moses talked to the people, then made the record. And Jesus, even though He was speaking sound waves told the Pharisees, who had studied the Scriptures, that they did not hear His words. Jn 8:47 He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them... Obviously they were hearing the sound waves the Jesus, God the Son, was speaking to them so He meant the spiritual words that we hear inside us. Jn 6:63... the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. And again we know it is not the printed Word of God, because Jesus also told them they were searching the Scriptures thinking in them they had eternal life but they did not come to Him so that they may have life. Jn 5:39 But then we are also told the His sheep hear His voice (Jn 10:27), along with Jn:47 above that explained He who is of God hears the words of God. And then we look at Saul on the road and see that he heard the words God spoke to him but not the others with him. Acts 22:9 And those who were with me saw the light, to be sure, but did not understand the voice of the One who was speaking to me. Now I once, the first time, heard the voice of the Lord so loud I thought it was audible, but based upon the Scriptures, is probably wasn't. And now I hear Him often talking words to me but I have never had any indications that anyone next to me heard them. They are spiritual words, for sure. In fact, when I get busy and He starts talking to me I usually have a hard time picking up what He said in words. I kind of figure out what He just spoke to me, but often I ask Him to repeat to make sure. Also, I find that I have trouble picking up certain things He speaks to me. Names are hard for me to pick up, because I have trouble believing I can. So when He speaks a name to me I know He was speaking a name but my faith instantly fades and it I don't pick it up. Sometimes I get the first letter or a feel about it. So hearing words from the Lord is not like picking up sound waves. It is spiritual. Now some Christians have told me they only pick up the Lord like an unction. I understand that, and I don't have a problem with it, but I can give them some advice from experience that helps. I can give a lot of little bits of advice, but perhaps the best is practice. The more you seek His voice and spend time talking to Him the easier it is to hear from Him! And there are a lot of Christian that practice and hear Him a lot better than I do. I really respect them, and I know they turn and listen to the Lord a lot. Which is the right thing to do! But audible voice? I don't think so. Once I was at a church where a lady that heard from the Lord a lot better that me attended. I wanted to talk to her to see what advice she would give concerning hearing the Lord better. So I asked the Lord if it would be ok to do that, and instantly I heard Him tell me, 'Yes, Just go up and ask her" So I did. When I went to talk to her, the first thing she did was put up a hand to me to stop me for a second, then told me to go ahead. It turned out that the Lord was so clear to her that she had to pardon herself with the Lord so that she could hear what I had to say. The Lord's voice was coming through to her louder than my audible voice. That was amazing, because if the Lord is talking to me and a person starts talking to me I loose His voice instantly, because the sound waves from the person is so much louder to me than His voice. Now if someone tells me reading the Bible is God talking to them, I understand that probably they talk to the Lord so little that even when they read the Bible they can not separate His voice from what they are reading. That is; the Spirit is probably talking to their spirit and is explaining something about the Bible so they have some understanding that God is talking to them, but don't realize that the person of the Spirit is not the writings but the One explaining and giving them revelation about what they are reading. They are not like the lady at the church that heard the Lord so well. She was not reading the Bible at the time anymore than I was reading the Bible when I ask Him about talking to her. And while that lady heard the Lord so loud that His spiritual voice was louder than my audible (sound wave) voice, she obviously was not under any illusion that she was hearing an audible (sound wave) voice from God. And why did Paul take the time to mention that those with Him did not understand the voice? That same Paul, like Moses, explained the word was on your lips and in your heart! We need to let people know clearly that you hear from God inside you, don't we. So we need to listen more ourselves to get a clearly understanding. It is not an audible voice we are telling people about!