100 Bible Verses about Ignorance

Ephesians 4:18 ESV / 458 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 / 265 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 / 186 helpful votes

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

Acts 17:30 ESV / 184 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 19:2 ESV / 130 helpful votes

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

James 1:5 ESV / 117 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 / 115 helpful votes

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

1 John 4:1 ESV / 94 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 / 81 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 / 73 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 / 71 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 / 57 helpful votes

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

John 13:7 ESV / 56 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 / 53 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.”

1 Timothy 1:13 ESV / 50 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 27:1 ESV / 34 helpful votes

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

Job 11:12 ESV / 33 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 / 32 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 / 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 / 32 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.

Proverbs 27:12 ESV / 29 helpful votes

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

Acts 17:23 ESV / 26 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.

Ezekiel 45:20 ESV / 25 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.

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?

Proverbs 24:12 ESV / 24 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 8:9 ESV / 24 helpful votes

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

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,”

Romans 8:24-26 ESV / 22 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 14:18 ESV / 22 helpful votes

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

1 Peter 1:14 ESV / 21 helpful votes

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

Romans 10:3 ESV / 21 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 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 4:2 ESV / 20 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 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.

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,

Ecclesiastes 1:18 ESV / 18 helpful votes

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

Luke 12:48 ESV / 17 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 14:15 ESV / 17 helpful votes

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

1 Timothy 2:4 ESV / 16 helpful votes

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

1 Corinthians 2:8 ESV / 16 helpful votes

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

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.

Leviticus 22:14 ESV / 16 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.

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.

Ecclesiastes 11:5 ESV / 15 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.

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,

2 Corinthians 2:11 ESV / 14 helpful votes

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

Romans 1:22 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Claiming to be wise, they became fools,

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 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.

1 Corinthians 14:33 ESV / 13 helpful votes

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

Acts 2:1-47 ESV / 13 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. ...

Ecclesiastes 3:11 ESV / 13 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 28:26 ESV / 13 helpful votes

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

Proverbs 20:24 ESV / 13 helpful votes

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

Numbers 15:1-41 ESV / 13 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. ...

Acts 17:10-11 ESV / 12 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 3:14 ESV / 12 helpful votes

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

Leviticus 4:27 ESV / 12 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 / 12 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,

1 Thessalonians 4:1-18 ESV / 11 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 12:1 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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

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?

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?

Job 36:26 ESV / 11 helpful votes

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

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.

Mark 13:9 ESV / 10 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.

Ecclesiastes 7:24 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

Ecclesiastes 2:13 ESV / 10 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.

Proverbs 30:4 ESV / 10 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 / 10 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 / 10 helpful votes

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

Job 11:7 ESV / 10 helpful votes

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

1 Peter 2:15 ESV / 9 helpful votes

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

Hebrews 5:2 ESV / 9 helpful votes

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

2 Thessalonians 1:8 ESV / 9 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 / 9 helpful votes

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

Numbers 15:24 ESV / 9 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 5:18 ESV / 9 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 / 9 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 / 9 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,

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.

Ephesians 4:17-25 ESV / 8 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, ...

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.) ...

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