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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; Genesis 31:10), Laban (Genesis 31:24), Joseph (Genesis 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 (Genesis 40:5), Pharaoh (Genesis 41:1-8), the Midianites (Judges 7:13), Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 2:1; Daniel 4:10, 18), the wise men from the east (Matthew 2:12), and Pilate's wife (Matthew 27:19).

To Joseph "the Lord appeared in a dream," and gave him instructions regarding the infant Jesus (Matthew 1:20; Matthew 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 Acts 18:9; Acts 27:23).

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