100 Bible Verses about Ignorance

Ephesians 4:18 ESV / 497 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 / 286 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 / 210 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 22:3 ESV / 202 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 19:2 ESV / 143 helpful votes

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

James 1:5 ESV / 127 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 / 122 helpful votes

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

1 John 4:1 ESV / 100 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 / 92 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 / 80 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 / 75 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 / 70 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 1:13 ESV / 63 helpful votes

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

John 13:7 ESV / 61 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 / 57 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 17:23 ESV / 39 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.

Proverbs 27:1 ESV / 36 helpful votes

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

Leviticus 4:2 ESV / 35 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,

Job 11:12 ESV / 34 helpful votes

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

1 Peter 1:14 ESV / 33 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 2:7-10 ESV / 33 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 27:12 ESV / 33 helpful votes

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

Romans 12:1-2 ESV / 32 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.

Ecclesiastes 8:6 ESV / 31 helpful votes

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

Job 28:13 ESV / 31 helpful votes

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

Ezekiel 33:8 ESV / 30 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.

Ezekiel 45:20 ESV / 29 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.

Luke 12:48 ESV / 28 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.

Romans 10:3 ESV / 27 helpful votes

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

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?

Proverbs 14:18 ESV / 25 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 8:7 ESV / 24 helpful votes

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

Job 8:9 ESV / 24 helpful votes

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

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.

Job 37:5 ESV / 23 helpful votes

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

James 1:6 ESV / 22 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 / 22 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 1:18 ESV / 22 helpful votes

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

Leviticus 4:27 ESV / 22 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 / 22 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,

Acts 17:10-11 ESV / 21 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.

1 Corinthians 2:8 ESV / 20 helpful votes

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

Job 37:16 ESV / 20 helpful votes

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

Leviticus 22:14 ESV / 20 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.

2 Corinthians 2:11 ESV / 19 helpful votes

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

John 14:6 ESV / 19 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 11:5 ESV / 19 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.

Hebrews 5:2 ESV / 18 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 1:12 ESV / 18 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 14:15 ESV / 18 helpful votes

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

Numbers 15:1-41 ESV / 18 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 5:18 ESV / 18 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 4:22 ESV / 18 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 / 17 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 / 16 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 / 16 helpful votes

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

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.

Numbers 15:24 ESV / 16 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.

Leviticus 5:15 ESV / 16 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.

Revelation 22:19 ESV / 15 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 Thessalonians 1:8 ESV / 15 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.

Ephesians 4:19 ESV / 15 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 18:13 ESV / 15 helpful votes

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

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,

1 Corinthians 14:33 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

Romans 1:22 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Claiming to be wise, they became fools,

Acts 3:14 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

John 1:9 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

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.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 ESV / 14 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 / 14 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 / 14 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 2:11-12 ESV / 12 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.

Acts 2:1-47 ESV / 12 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. ...

Job 36:26 ESV / 12 helpful votes

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

Revelation 2:4-5 ESV / 11 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.

Hebrews 9:7 ESV / 11 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 / 11 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 Thessalonians 4:13 ESV / 11 helpful votes

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.

1 Thessalonians 4:5 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God;

2 Corinthians 1:8 ESV / 11 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.

1 Corinthians 12:1 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 11:27 ESV / 11 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 2:7-8 ESV / 11 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.

Romans 10:14-17 ESV / 11 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.

Romans 1:28 ESV / 11 helpful votes

And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.

Daniel 1:17 ESV / 11 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 / 11 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 / 11 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 / 11 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 / 11 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 / 11 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 3:5 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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

Psalm 139:6 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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

Job 37:19 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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

Job 36:29 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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

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; ...

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 17:29-30 ESV / 10 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,

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