100 Bible Verses about Ignorance

Ephesians 4:18 ESV / 1,840 helpful votes

They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.

Hosea 4:6 ESV / 1,392 helpful votes

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.

Acts 17:30 ESV / 1,333 helpful votes

The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent,

Proverbs 19:2 ESV / 1,049 helpful votes

Desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way.

Proverbs 22:3 ESV / 1,025 helpful votes

The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.

Luke 23:34 ESV / 838 helpful votes

And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments.

1 John 4:1 ESV / 832 helpful votes

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.

James 1:5 ESV / 758 helpful votes

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

Proverbs 8:5 ESV / 750 helpful votes

O simple ones, learn prudence; O fools, learn sense.

Matthew 7:21-23 ESV / 690 helpful votes

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

1 Peter 1:13-16 ESV / 655 helpful votes

Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

John 13:7 ESV / 645 helpful votes

Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.”

Ezekiel 33:6 ESV / 605 helpful votes

But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, that person is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman's hand.

Acts 3:17 ESV / 583 helpful votes

“And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers.

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 451 helpful votes

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,

1 Peter 1:14 ESV / 434 helpful votes

As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance,

1 Peter 2:15 ESV / 411 helpful votes

For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.

Acts 17:10-11 ESV / 409 helpful votes

The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

Acts 17:23 ESV / 405 helpful votes

For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.

Acts 17:30-31 ESV / 403 helpful votes

The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

1 Timothy 1:13 ESV / 401 helpful votes

Though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief,

Mark 1:15 ESV / 393 helpful votes

And saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

Romans 10:3 ESV / 391 helpful votes

For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness.

Hebrews 5:2 ESV / 369 helpful votes

He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness.

Ezekiel 45:20 ESV / 323 helpful votes

You shall do the same on the seventh day of the month for anyone who has sinned through error or ignorance; so you shall make atonement for the temple.

Ephesians 4:1 ESV / 314 helpful votes

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,

Romans 10:14-17 ESV / 296 helpful votes

How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

Psalm 119:33-34 ESV / 290 helpful votes

Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes; and I will keep it to the end. Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart.

Proverbs 27:12 ESV / 276 helpful votes

The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.

Ecclesiastes 9:12 ESV / 273 helpful votes

For man does not know his time. Like fish that are taken in an evil net, and like birds that are caught in a snare, so the children of man are snared at an evil time, when it suddenly falls upon them.

Proverbs 28:26 ESV / 273 helpful votes

Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.

Proverbs 27:1 ESV / 272 helpful votes

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.

Job 28:13 ESV / 265 helpful votes

Man does not know its worth, and it is not found in the land of the living.

Job 8:9 ESV / 263 helpful votes

For we are but of yesterday and know nothing, for our days on earth are a shadow.

Leviticus 4:2 ESV / 263 helpful votes

“Speak to the people of Israel, saying, If anyone sins unintentionally in any of the Lord's commandments about things not to be done, and does any one of them,

John 3:16-17 ESV / 251 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

1 Corinthians 3:19 ESV / 247 helpful votes

For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,”

1 Corinthians 14:33 ESV / 243 helpful votes

For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints,

James 1:6 ESV / 234 helpful votes

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.

Luke 12:48 ESV / 234 helpful votes

But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.

Jeremiah 4:22 ESV / 233 helpful votes

“For my people are foolish; they know me not; they are stupid children; they have no understanding. They are ‘wise’—in doing evil! But how to do good they know not.”

Ecclesiastes 11:5 ESV / 217 helpful votes

As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything.

Romans 12:1-2 ESV / 213 helpful votes

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 1:18 ESV / 209 helpful votes

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.

Deuteronomy 8:3 ESV / 199 helpful votes

And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

Leviticus 5:15 ESV / 199 helpful votes

“If anyone commits a breach of faith and sins unintentionally in any of the holy things of the Lord, he shall bring to the Lord as his compensation, a ram without blemish out of the flock, valued in silver shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, for a guilt offering.

Numbers 15:24 ESV / 190 helpful votes

Then if it was done unintentionally without the knowledge of the congregation, all the congregation shall offer one bull from the herd for a burnt offering, a pleasing aroma to the Lord, with its grain offering and its drink offering, according to the rule, and one male goat for a sin offering.

2 Corinthians 1:8 ESV / 184 helpful votes

For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself.

Romans 11:25 ESV / 177 helpful votes

Lest you be wise in your own sight, I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.

1 Corinthians 11:27 ESV / 171 helpful votes

Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord.

Proverbs 29:18 ESV / 169 helpful votes

Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.

Revelation 2:4-5 ESV / 168 helpful votes

But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.

John 1:9 ESV / 164 helpful votes

The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.

Leviticus 4:13 ESV / 161 helpful votes

“If the whole congregation of Israel sins unintentionally and the thing is hidden from the eyes of the assembly, and they do any one of the things that by the Lord's commandments ought not to be done, and they realize their guilt,

Leviticus 4:22 ESV / 158 helpful votes

“When a leader sins, doing unintentionally any one of all the things that by the commandments of the Lord his God ought not to be done, and realizes his guilt,

Leviticus 4:27 ESV / 157 helpful votes

“If anyone of the common people sins unintentionally in doing any one of the things that by the Lord's commandments ought not to be done, and realizes his guilt,

Hebrews 9:7 ESV / 153 helpful votes

But into the second only the high priest goes, and he but once a year, and not without taking blood, which he offers for himself and for the unintentional sins of the people.

Galatians 1:8 ESV / 145 helpful votes

But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.

1 Corinthians 2:8 ESV / 145 helpful votes

None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

Luke 12:47-48 ESV / 145 helpful votes

And that servant who knew his master's will but did not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating. But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.

Job 11:12 ESV / 142 helpful votes

But a stupid man will get understanding when a wild donkey's colt is born a man!

Ecclesiastes 3:11 ESV / 129 helpful votes

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.

Romans 8:24-26 ESV / 126 helpful votes

For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

Psalm 73:22 ESV / 126 helpful votes

I was brutish and ignorant; I was like a beast toward you.

Leviticus 22:14 ESV / 125 helpful votes

And if anyone eats of a holy thing unintentionally, he shall add the fifth of its value to it and give the holy thing to the priest.

Ephesians 4:2 ESV / 110 helpful votes

With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,

Ezekiel 33:8 ESV / 109 helpful votes

If I say to the wicked, O wicked one, you shall surely die, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from his way, that wicked person shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand.

Proverbs 24:12 ESV / 107 helpful votes

If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work?

Matthew 22:29 ESV / 106 helpful votes

But Jesus answered them, “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God.

Jeremiah 5:30-31 ESV / 104 helpful votes

An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule at their direction; my people love to have it so, but what will you do when the end comes?

Acts 1:7 ESV / 99 helpful votes

He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority.

2 Corinthians 2:11 ESV / 94 helpful votes

So that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs.

2 Thessalonians 1:8 ESV / 92 helpful votes

In flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.

Romans 5:13 ESV / 90 helpful votes

For sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law.

Acts 17:29-30 ESV / 90 helpful votes

Being then God's offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent,

Isaiah 44:19 ESV / 89 helpful votes

No one considers, nor is there knowledge or discernment to say, “Half of it I burned in the fire; I also baked bread on its coals; I roasted meat and have eaten. And shall I make the rest of it an abomination? Shall I fall down before a block of wood?”

Job 21:14 ESV / 88 helpful votes

They say to God, ‘Depart from us! We do not desire the knowledge of your ways.

Acts 17:1 ESV / 85 helpful votes

Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews.

1 Corinthians 12:1 ESV / 81 helpful votes

Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed.

Ecclesiastes 7:23 ESV / 81 helpful votes

All this I have tested by wisdom. I said, “I will be wise,” but it was far from me.

Ecclesiastes 1:18 ESV / 80 helpful votes

For in much wisdom is much vexation, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.

Proverbs 18:13 ESV / 79 helpful votes

If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.

1 Corinthians 15:34 ESV / 78 helpful votes

Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.

Proverbs 20:24 ESV / 78 helpful votes

A man's steps are from the Lord; how then can man understand his way?

Numbers 15:1-41 ESV / 78 helpful votes

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When you come into the land you are to inhabit, which I am giving you, and you offer to the Lord from the herd or from the flock a food offering or a burnt offering or a sacrifice, to fulfill a vow or as a freewill offering or at your appointed feasts, to make a pleasing aroma to the Lord, then he who brings his offering shall offer to the Lord a grain offering of a tenth of an ephah of fine flour, mixed with a quarter of a hin of oil; and you shall offer with the burnt offering, or for the sacrifice, a quarter of a hin of wine for the drink offering for each lamb. ...

Ephesians 4:19 ESV / 76 helpful votes

They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity.

Acts 4:13 ESV / 76 helpful votes

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.

Acts 3:14 ESV / 74 helpful votes

But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you,

Psalm 14:1 ESV / 73 helpful votes

To the choirmaster. Of David. The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds; there is none who does good.

Revelation 22:19 ESV / 71 helpful votes

And if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.

Daniel 1:17 ESV / 71 helpful votes

As for these four youths, God gave them learning and skill in all literature and wisdom, and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.

Hebrews 2:3-9 ESV / 70 helpful votes

How shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will. For it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking. It has been testified somewhere, “What is man, that you are mindful of him, or the son of man, that you care for him? You made him for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honor, ...

John 17:3 ESV / 69 helpful votes

And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

1 Timothy 2:6-8 ESV / 68 helpful votes

Who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling;

Ezekiel 3:18 ESV / 68 helpful votes

If I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked person shall die for his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand.

Hebrews 2:3 ESV / 65 helpful votes

How shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard,

Acts 2:1-47 ESV / 65 helpful votes

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. ...

Acts 17:11 ESV / 54 helpful votes

Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

Ephesians 1:17-2:12 ESV / 42 helpful votes

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. ...

Leviticus 4:1-5:19 ESV / 40 helpful votes

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the people of Israel, saying, If anyone sins unintentionally in any of the Lord's commandments about things not to be done, and does any one of them, if it is the anointed priest who sins, thus bringing guilt on the people, then he shall offer for the sin that he has committed a bull from the herd without blemish to the Lord for a sin offering. He shall bring the bull to the entrance of the tent of meeting before the Lord and lay his hand on the head of the bull and kill the bull before the Lord. And the anointed priest shall take some of the blood of the bull and bring it into the tent of meeting, ...

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