100 Bible Verses about Ignorance

Ephesians 4:18 ESV / 408 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 / 234 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 / 172 helpful votes

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

Acts 17:30 ESV / 152 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 19:2 ESV / 114 helpful votes

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

James 1:5 ESV / 106 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 / 103 helpful votes

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

1 John 4:1 ESV / 80 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 / 66 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 / 66 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 / 62 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.

John 13:7 ESV / 48 helpful votes

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

1 Peter 1:13-16 ESV / 46 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.”

Acts 3:17 ESV / 38 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 2:7-10 ESV / 30 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.

Romans 12:1-2 ESV / 30 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.

Proverbs 27:1 ESV / 30 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 1:13 ESV / 28 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 8:6 ESV / 28 helpful votes

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

Job 28:13 ESV / 28 helpful votes

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

Job 11:12 ESV / 28 helpful votes

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

Ezekiel 33:8 ESV / 26 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 / 26 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?

Job 37:5 ESV / 24 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 8:7 ESV / 23 helpful votes

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

James 1:6 ESV / 20 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.

1 Corinthians 3:19 ESV / 20 helpful votes

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

Romans 8:24-26 ESV / 20 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.

Proverbs 27:12 ESV / 20 helpful votes

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

Job 8:9 ESV / 19 helpful votes

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

Job 37:16 ESV / 18 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 1:12 ESV / 16 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 1:7 ESV / 16 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.

John 14:6 ESV / 16 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.

Ezekiel 45:20 ESV / 16 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.

Proverbs 18:13 ESV / 16 helpful votes

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

Revelation 22:19 ESV / 14 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.

1 Timothy 2:4 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

Ephesians 4:21 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 9:12 ESV / 14 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 / 14 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.

Proverbs 20:24 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 14:18 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 14:15 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

Romans 1:22 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Claiming to be wise, they became fools,

Romans 10:3 ESV / 12 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 2:14 ESV / 12 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.

1 Thessalonians 4:1-18 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; ...

1 Corinthians 14:33 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 12:1 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 2:8 ESV / 10 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 1:20 ESV / 10 helpful votes

For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

Acts 3:14 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

Acts 2:1-47 ESV / 10 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. ...

Daniel 1:17 ESV / 10 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.

Ezekiel 3:18 ESV / 10 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.

Jeremiah 10:23 ESV / 10 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.

Jeremiah 5:30-31 ESV / 10 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 / 10 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 6:12 ESV / 10 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?

Ecclesiastes 3:11 ESV / 10 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.

Psalm 139:6 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

Job 37:19 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

Job 36:29 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

Job 36:26 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

Revelation 13:1-18 ESV / 8 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 11:3 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

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.

Galatians 1:1-24 ESV / 8 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 13:12 ESV / 8 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.

Romans 3:1-9:33 ESV / 8 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.) ...

Acts 17:23 ESV / 8 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 17:11 ESV / 8 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.

Acts 3:15 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

John 21:25 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.

Mark 13:9 ESV / 8 helpful votes

“But be on your guard. For they will deliver you over to councils, and you will be beaten in synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them.

Jeremiah 4:23-27 ESV / 8 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 11:5 ESV / 8 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 7:24 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 6:11 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 2:13 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Then I saw that there is more gain in wisdom than in folly, as there is more gain in light than in darkness.

Ecclesiastes 1:18 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 30:4 ESV / 8 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 9:14-18 ESV / 8 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 37:23 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

Job 28:12 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

Job 11:7 ESV / 8 helpful votes

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

Leviticus 22:14 ESV / 8 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 4:17-25 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 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. They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. But that is not the way you learned Christ!— assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, ...

2 Corinthians 2:11 ESV / 6 helpful votes

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

Romans 16:17-18 ESV / 6 helpful votes

I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 6 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.

Job 28:1-28 ESV / 6 helpful votes

“Surely there is a mine for silver, and a place for gold that they refine. Iron is taken out of the earth, and copper is smelted from the ore. Man puts an end to darkness and searches out to the farthest limit the ore in gloom and deep darkness. He opens shafts in a valley away from where anyone lives; they are forgotten by travelers; they hang in the air, far away from mankind; they swing to and fro. As for the earth, out of it comes bread, but underneath it is turned up as by fire. ...

Job 11:17 ESV / 6 helpful votes

And your life will be brighter than the noonday; its darkness will be like the morning.

Leviticus 4:1-10:20 ESV / 6 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, ...

1 Corinthians 2:1-8:13 ESV / 5 helpful votes

And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. ...

Luke 12:1-15:32 ESV / 5 helpful votes

In the meantime, when so many thousands of the people had gathered together that they were trampling one another, he began to say to his disciples first, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops. “I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him! ...

Ecclesiastes 1:1-12:14 ESV / 5 helpful votes

The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun? A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever. The sun rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it rises. ...

Proverbs 28:26 ESV / 5 helpful votes

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

Numbers 15:1-41 ESV / 5 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. ...

Suggest a Verse

Enter a Verse Reference (e.g., John 3:16-17)


Visit the Bible online to search for words if you don’t know the specific passage your’re looking for.