100 Bible Verses about Ignorance

Ephesians 4:18 ESV / 260 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 / 131 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.

Proverbs 22:3 ESV / 113 helpful votes

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

Acts 17:30 ESV / 84 helpful votes

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

James 1:5 ESV / 70 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 19:2 ESV / 63 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 8:5 ESV / 46 helpful votes

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

1 John 4:1 ESV / 45 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.

Matthew 7:21-23 ESV / 36 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.’

Ezekiel 33:6 ESV / 32 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.

Luke 23:34 ESV / 28 helpful votes

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

1 Peter 1:13-16 ESV / 27 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 / 27 helpful votes

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

Romans 12:1-2 ESV / 20 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.

Acts 3:17 ESV / 20 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 8:6 ESV / 18 helpful votes

For there is a time and a way for everything, although man's trouble lies heavy on him.

Job 11:12 ESV / 18 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 2:7-10 ESV / 16 helpful votes

But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”— these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.

Proverbs 24:12 ESV / 16 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?

Ecclesiastes 8:7 ESV / 15 helpful votes

For he does not know what is to be, for who can tell him how it will be?

1 Timothy 1:13 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

Ezekiel 33:8 ESV / 14 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 27:1 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 3:19 ESV / 13 helpful votes

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

Job 37:5 ESV / 12 helpful votes

God thunders wondrously with his voice; he does great things that we cannot comprehend.

Job 28:13 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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

John 14:6 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Ecclesiastes 9:12 ESV / 10 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.

Job 8:9 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

Revelation 22:19 ESV / 9 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.

James 1:6 ESV / 9 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.

Ezekiel 45:20 ESV / 9 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.

Job 37:16 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Do you know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him who is perfect in knowledge,

2 Thessalonians 1:7-8 ESV / 8 helpful votes

And to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels 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.

Ephesians 4:21 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus,

1 Corinthians 2:8 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

Romans 8:24-26 ESV / 8 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.

Acts 1:7 ESV / 8 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.

Jeremiah 10:23 ESV / 8 helpful votes

I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.

Proverbs 20:24 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

Leviticus 5:8 ESV / 8 helpful votes

He shall bring them to the priest, who shall offer first the one for the sin offering. He shall wring its head from its neck but shall not sever it completely,

1 Timothy 2:4 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

1 Timothy 1:12 ESV / 7 helpful votes

I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service,

Acts 3:15 ESV / 7 helpful votes

And you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses.

Luke 12:48 ESV / 7 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.

Ecclesiastes 6:12 ESV / 7 helpful votes

For who knows what is good for man while he lives the few days of his vain life, which he passes like a shadow? For who can tell man what will be after him under the sun?

Proverbs 9:14-18 ESV / 7 helpful votes

She sits at the door of her house; she takes a seat on the highest places of the town, calling to those who pass by, who are going straight on their way, “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!” And to him who lacks sense she says, “Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.” But he does not know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.

Job 28:20 ESV / 7 helpful votes

“From where, then, does wisdom come? And where is the place of understanding?

Acts 3:14 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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

Matthew 10:28 ESV / 6 helpful votes

And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

Jeremiah 4:23-27 ESV / 6 helpful votes

I looked on the earth, and behold, it was without form and void; and to the heavens, and they had no light. I looked on the mountains, and behold, they were quaking, and all the hills moved to and fro. I looked, and behold, there was no man, and all the birds of the air had fled. I looked, and behold, the fruitful land was a desert, and all its cities were laid in ruins before the Lord, before his fierce anger. For thus says the Lord, “The whole land shall be a desolation; yet I will not make a full end.

Ecclesiastes 8:17 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Then I saw all the work of God, that man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun. However much man may toil in seeking, he will not find it out. Even though a wise man claims to know, he cannot find it out.

Ecclesiastes 7:24 ESV / 6 helpful votes

That which has been is far off, and deep, very deep; who can find it out?

Ecclesiastes 7:23 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 2:14 ESV / 6 helpful votes

The wise person has his eyes in his head, but the fool walks in darkness. And yet I perceived that the same event happens to all of them.

Proverbs 27:12 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 14:18 ESV / 6 helpful votes

The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

Job 37:23 ESV / 6 helpful votes

The Almighty—we cannot find him; he is great in power; justice and abundant righteousness he will not violate.

Job 36:26 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Behold, God is great, and we know him not; the number of his years is unsearchable.

Job 11:7 ESV / 6 helpful votes

“Can you find out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limit of the Almighty?

Numbers 15:22-29 ESV / 6 helpful votes

“But if you sin unintentionally, and do not observe all these commandments that the Lord has spoken to Moses, all that the Lord has commanded you by Moses, from the day that the Lord gave commandment, and onward throughout your generations, 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. And the priest shall make atonement for all the congregation of the people of Israel, and they shall be forgiven, because it was a mistake, and they have brought their offering, a food offering to the Lord, and their sin offering before the Lord for their mistake. And all the congregation of the people of Israel shall be forgiven, and the stranger who sojourns among them, because the whole population was involved in the mistake.

Leviticus 5:4-19 ESV / 6 helpful votes

Or if anyone utters with his lips a rash oath to do evil or to do good, any sort of rash oath that people swear, and it is hidden from him, when he comes to know it, and he realizes his guilt in any of these; when he realizes his guilt in any of these and confesses the sin he has committed, he shall bring to the Lord as his compensation for the sin that he has committed, a female from the flock, a lamb or a goat, for a sin offering. And the priest shall make atonement for him for his sin. “But if he cannot afford a lamb, then he shall bring to the Lord as his compensation for the sin that he has committed two turtledoves or two pigeons, one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering. He shall bring them to the priest, who shall offer first the one for the sin offering. He shall wring its head from its neck but shall not sever it completely,

Revelation 13:8 ESV / 5 helpful votes

And all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain.

Ephesians 4:19 ESV / 5 helpful votes

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

Galatians 1:13-16 ESV / 5 helpful votes

For you have heard of my former life in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God violently and tried to destroy it. And I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people, so extremely zealous was I for the traditions of my fathers. But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone;

Galatians 1:1-24 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Paul, an apostle—not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— and all the brothers who are with me, To the churches of Galatia: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

1 Corinthians 14:33 ESV / 5 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 13:12 ESV / 5 helpful votes

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

1 Corinthians 13:9 ESV / 5 helpful votes

For we know in part and we prophesy in part,

Acts 17:23 ESV / 5 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 2:1-47 ESV / 5 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.

Luke 12:40 ESV / 5 helpful votes

You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

Jeremiah 5:30-31 ESV / 5 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?

Ecclesiastes 11:5 ESV / 5 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.

Ecclesiastes 6:11 ESV / 5 helpful votes

The more words, the more vanity, and what is the advantage to man?

Ecclesiastes 3:11 ESV / 5 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.

Proverbs 30:4 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Who has ascended to heaven and come down? Who has gathered the wind in his fists? Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son's name? Surely you know!

Proverbs 14:15 ESV / 5 helpful votes

The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps.

Proverbs 7:6-23 ESV / 5 helpful votes

For at the window of my house I have looked out through my lattice, and I have seen among the simple, I have perceived among the youths, a young man lacking sense, passing along the street near her corner, taking the road to her house in the twilight, in the evening, at the time of night and darkness. And behold, the woman meets him, dressed as a prostitute, wily of heart.

Psalm 139:6 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.

Job 36:29 ESV / 5 helpful votes

Can anyone understand the spreading of the clouds, the thunderings of his pavilion?

Job 28:21 ESV / 5 helpful votes

It is hidden from the eyes of all living and concealed from the birds of the air.

Job 28:12 ESV / 5 helpful votes

“But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?

Job 11:8 ESV / 5 helpful votes

It is higher than heaven—what can you do? Deeper than Sheol—what can you know?

Leviticus 22:14 ESV / 5 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.

Leviticus 4:1-35 ESV / 5 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,

Revelation 13:1-18 ESV / 4 helpful votes

And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads. And the beast that I saw was like a leopard; its feet were like a bear's, and its mouth was like a lion's mouth. And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority. One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and the whole earth marveled as they followed the beast. And they worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?” And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months.

Revelation 9:5 ESV / 4 helpful votes

They were allowed to torment them for five months, but not to kill them, and their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it stings someone.

John 16:2 ESV / 4 helpful votes

They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 4 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.

Ezekiel 3:18 ESV / 4 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.

Psalm 33:1-22 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright. Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings! Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts. For the word of the Lord is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness. He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.

Job 37:19 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Teach us what we shall say to him; we cannot draw up our case because of darkness.

Genesis 20:1-18 ESV / 4 helpful votes

From there Abraham journeyed toward the territory of the Negeb and lived between Kadesh and Shur; and he sojourned in Gerar. And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, “She is my sister.” And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah. But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night and said to him, “Behold, you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is a man's wife.” Now Abimelech had not approached her. So he said, “Lord, will you kill an innocent people? Did he not himself say to me, ‘She is my sister’? And she herself said, ‘He is my brother.’ In the integrity of my heart and the innocence of my hands I have done this.”

Genesis 20:1-7 ESV / 4 helpful votes

From there Abraham journeyed toward the territory of the Negeb and lived between Kadesh and Shur; and he sojourned in Gerar. And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, “She is my sister.” And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah. But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night and said to him, “Behold, you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is a man's wife.” Now Abimelech had not approached her. So he said, “Lord, will you kill an innocent people? Did he not himself say to me, ‘She is my sister’? And she herself said, ‘He is my brother.’ In the integrity of my heart and the innocence of my hands I have done this.”

Revelation 22:16 ESV / 3 helpful votes

“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”

Revelation 20:2-5 ESV / 3 helpful votes

And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he might not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were ended. After that he must be released for a little while. Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection.

Revelation 12:3 ESV / 3 helpful votes

And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven diadems.

Revelation 11:3 ESV / 3 helpful votes

And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.”

Romans 3:1-9:33 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision? Much in every way. To begin with, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? By no means! Let God be true though every one were a liar, as it is written, “That you may be justified in your words, and prevail when you are judged.” But if our unrighteousness serves to show the righteousness of God, what shall we say? That God is unrighteous to inflict wrath on us? (I speak in a human way.)

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