100 Bible Verses about Ignorance

Ephesians 4:18 ESV / 536 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 / 311 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 / 231 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 22:3 ESV / 217 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 19:2 ESV / 159 helpful votes

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

James 1:5 ESV / 146 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 / 135 helpful votes

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

1 John 4:1 ESV / 116 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.

Luke 23:34 ESV / 102 helpful votes

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

Matthew 7:21-23 ESV / 89 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 / 82 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 / 80 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 1:13 ESV / 75 helpful votes

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

1 Peter 1:13-16 ESV / 70 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 / 70 helpful votes

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

Acts 17:23 ESV / 48 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.

Leviticus 4:2 ESV / 48 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,

1 Peter 1:14 ESV / 43 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 27:1 ESV / 42 helpful votes

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

Ezekiel 45:20 ESV / 41 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.

Romans 10:3 ESV / 39 helpful votes

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

Job 11:12 ESV / 39 helpful votes

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

Romans 12:1-2 ESV / 38 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.

1 Corinthians 2:7-10 ESV / 37 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.

Luke 12:48 ESV / 37 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.

Proverbs 27:12 ESV / 37 helpful votes

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

Job 28:13 ESV / 34 helpful votes

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

Ezekiel 33:8 ESV / 33 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.

Ecclesiastes 8:6 ESV / 33 helpful votes

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

Acts 17:10-11 ESV / 29 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.

Proverbs 14:18 ESV / 29 helpful votes

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

Leviticus 4:27 ESV / 29 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,

Leviticus 4:13 ESV / 29 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,

Ecclesiastes 11:5 ESV / 27 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.

Job 8:9 ESV / 27 helpful votes

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

Hebrews 5:2 ESV / 26 helpful votes

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

James 1:6 ESV / 25 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.

John 14:6 ESV / 25 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 8:7 ESV / 25 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 24:12 ESV / 25 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?

Numbers 15:24 ESV / 25 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.

Numbers 15:1-41 ESV / 25 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. ...

Leviticus 22:14 ESV / 25 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 5:18 ESV / 25 helpful votes

He shall bring to the priest a ram without blemish out of the flock, or its equivalent for a guilt offering, and the priest shall make atonement for him for the mistake that he made unintentionally, and he shall be forgiven.

Leviticus 5:15 ESV / 25 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.

Leviticus 4:22 ESV / 25 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,

Proverbs 28:26 ESV / 24 helpful votes

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

1 Peter 2:15 ESV / 23 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 2:4 ESV / 23 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 4:19 ESV / 23 helpful votes

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

2 Corinthians 2:11 ESV / 23 helpful votes

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

Romans 8:24-26 ESV / 23 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.

Ecclesiastes 1:18 ESV / 23 helpful votes

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

Job 37:5 ESV / 23 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 3:19 ESV / 21 helpful votes

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

Job 37:16 ESV / 21 helpful votes

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

2 Thessalonians 1:8 ESV / 20 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.

1 Corinthians 14:33 ESV / 20 helpful votes

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

John 1:9 ESV / 20 helpful votes

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

Hebrews 9:7 ESV / 19 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.

Hebrews 2:3 ESV / 19 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,

1 Timothy 1:12 ESV / 19 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 11:27 ESV / 19 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.

1 Corinthians 2:8 ESV / 19 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 10:14-17 ESV / 19 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.

Luke 12:47-48 ESV / 19 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.

Proverbs 14:15 ESV / 19 helpful votes

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

Revelation 22:19 ESV / 18 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.

2 Corinthians 1:8 ESV / 18 helpful votes

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

Acts 1:7 ESV / 18 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.

Revelation 2:4-5 ESV / 17 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.

1 Corinthians 12:1 ESV / 17 helpful votes

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

John 16:3 ESV / 17 helpful votes

And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me.

Jeremiah 4:22 ESV / 17 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.”

Ephesians 4:21 ESV / 16 helpful votes

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

Acts 3:14 ESV / 16 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 9:12 ESV / 16 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.

Ecclesiastes 8:17 ESV / 16 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 3:11 ESV / 16 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.

Ecclesiastes 2:14 ESV / 16 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 20:24 ESV / 16 helpful votes

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

Acts 17:29-30 ESV / 15 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,

John 15:21 ESV / 15 helpful votes

But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me.

Matthew 22:29 ESV / 15 helpful votes

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

Isaiah 44:19 ESV / 15 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?”

Proverbs 29:18 ESV / 15 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 18:13 ESV / 15 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 3:5 ESV / 15 helpful votes

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

Psalm 119:33-34 ESV / 15 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.

Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 15 helpful votes

A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. ...

Job 21:14 ESV / 15 helpful votes

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

Deuteronomy 8:3 ESV / 15 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.

Jeremiah 5:30-31 ESV / 14 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 7:23 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

Job 37:19 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

Job 36:29 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

Job 36:26 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 2:11-12 ESV / 13 helpful votes

For who knows a person's thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.

1 Corinthians 2:7 ESV / 13 helpful votes

But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory.

1 Corinthians 2:7-8 ESV / 13 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.

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