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Here I stand. Testify against me in the presence of the LORD and his anointed. Whose ox have I taken? Whose donkey have I taken? Whom have I cheated? Whom have I oppressed? From whose hand have I accepted a bribe to make me shut my eyes? If I have done any of these, I will make it right."
1 Samuel 12:3
 
I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.
But those who trust in idols, who say to images, 'You are our gods,' will be turned back in utter shame.Israel Blind and Deaf
"Hear, you deaf; look, you blind, and see!
Isaiah 42:16-18
 
Lead out those who have eyes but are blind, who have ears but are deaf.
Isaiah 43:8
 
Israel's watchmen are blind, they all lack knowledge; they are all mute dogs, they cannot bark; they lie around and dream, they love to sleep.
Isaiah 56:10
 
So justice is far from us, and righteousness does not reach us. We look for light, but all is darkness; for brightness, but we walk in deep shadows.
Like the blind we grope along the wall, feeling our way like men without eyes. At midday we stumble as if it were twilight; among the strong, we are like the dead.
Isaiah 59:9-10
 
But it happened because of the sins of her prophets and the iniquities of her priests, who shed within her the blood of the righteous.
Now they grope through the streets like men who are blind. They are so defiled with blood that no one dares to touch their garments.
Lamentations 4:13-14
 
Then the disciples came to him and asked, "Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?"
He replied, "Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots.
Leave them; they are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit."
Matthew 15:12-14
 
"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are.
"Woe to you, blind guides! You say, 'If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing; but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.'
You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred?
You also say, 'If anyone swears by the altar, it means nothing; but if anyone swears by the gift on it, he is bound by his oath.'
You blind men! Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred?
Therefore, he who swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it.
And he who swears by the temple swears by it and by the one who dwells in it.
And he who swears by heaven swears by God's throne and by the one who sits on it.
"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices,mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law,justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.
You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.
"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.
Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.
Matthew 23:15-26
 
He also told them this parable: "Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit?
Luke 6:39
 
Jesus said, "For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind."
Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, "What? Are we blind too?"
Jesus said, "If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.
John 9:39-41
 
I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in.
Romans 11:25
 
But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.
2 Peter 1:9
 
But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.
1 John 2:11
 
You say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.
Revelation 3:17
 
But to this day the LORD has not given you a mind that understands or eyes that see or ears that hear.
Deuteronomy 29:4
 
They are a nation without sense, there is no discernment in them.
Deuteronomy 32:28
 
Then she called, "Samson, the Philistines are upon you!" He awoke from his sleep and thought, "I'll go out as before and shake myself free." But he did not know that the LORD had left him.
Judges 16:20
 
Yet they say to God, 'Leave us alone! We have no desire to know your ways.
Job 21:14
 
Yet you say, 'What does God know? Does he judge through such darkness?
Thick clouds veil him, so he does not see us as he goes about in the vaulted heavens.'
Job 22:13-14
 
His ways are always prosperous; he is haughty and your laws are far from him; he sneers at all his enemies.
Psalms 10:5
 
The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.
Psalms 14:1
 
Will evildoers never learn, those who devour my people as men eat bread and who do not call on the LORD ?
Psalms 14:4
 
I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you.
Psalms 73:22
 
"They know nothing, they understand nothing. They walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
Psalms 82:5
 
The senseless man does not know, fools do not understand,
Psalms 92:6
 
They say, "The LORD does not see; the God of Jacob pays no heed."
Psalms 94:7
 
For forty years I was angry with that generation; I said, "They are a people whose hearts go astray, and they have not known my ways."
Psalms 95:10
 
Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.
Psalms 119:18
 
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. Exhortations to Embrace Wisdom Warning Against Enticement
Proverbs 1:7
 
"How long will you simple ones love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge?
Proverbs 1:22
 
Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD,
Proverbs 1:29
 
But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.
Proverbs 4:19
 
The lips of the righteous nourish many, but fools die for lack of judgment.
Proverbs 10:21
 
He who ignores discipline comes to poverty and shame, but whoever heeds correction is honored.
Proverbs 13:18
 
There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.
Proverbs 14:12
 
Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom?
Proverbs 17:16
 
It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way.
Proverbs 19:2
 
Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand it fully.
Proverbs 28:5
 
So I turned my mind to understand, to investigate and to search out wisdom and the scheme of things and to understand the stupidity of wickedness and the madness of folly.
Ecclesiastes 7:25
 
The ox knows his master, the donkey his owner's manger, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand."
Isaiah 1:3
 
Therefore my people will go into exile for lack of understanding; their men of rank will die of hunger and their masses will be parched with thirst.
Isaiah 5:13
 
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.
Isaiah 5:20-21
 
He said, "Go and tell this people: " 'Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.'
Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed."
Isaiah 6:9-10
 
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.
Isaiah 9:2
 
Though grace is shown to the wicked, they do not learn righteousness; even in a land of uprightness they go on doing evil and regard not the majesty of the LORD.
Isaiah 26:10
 
When its twigs are dry, they are broken off and women come and make fires with them. For this is a people without understanding; so their Maker has no compassion on them, and their Creator shows them no favor.
Isaiah 27:11
 
So then, the word of the LORD to them will become: Do and do, do and do, rule on rule, rule on rule; a little here, a little there, so that they will go and fall backward, be injured and snared and captured.
Isaiah 28:13
 
The LORD has brought over you a deep sleep: He has sealed your eyes (the prophets); he has covered your heads (the seers).
For you this whole vision is nothing but words sealed in a scroll. And if you give the scroll to someone who can read, and say to him, "Read this, please," he will answer, "I can't; it is sealed."
Isaiah 29:10-11
 
Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood since the earth was founded?
Isaiah 40:21
 
to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.
Isaiah 42:7
 
"Hear, you deaf; look, you blind, and see!
Who is blind but my servant, and deaf like the messenger I send? Who is blind like the one committed to me, blind like the servant of the LORD ?
You have seen many things, but have paid no attention; your ears are open, but you hear nothing."
Isaiah 42:18-20
 
They know nothing, they understand nothing; their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see, and their minds closed so they cannot understand.
Isaiah 44:18
 
He feeds on ashes, a deluded heart misleads him; he cannot save himself, or say, "Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?"
Isaiah 44:20
 
You have neither heard nor understood; from of old your ear has not been open. Well do I know how treacherous you are; you were called a rebel from birth.
Isaiah 48:8
 
Israel's watchmen are blind, they all lack knowledge; they are all mute dogs, they cannot bark; they lie around and dream, they love to sleep.
Isaiah 56:10
 
See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you.
Isaiah 60:2
 
The priests did not ask, 'Where is the LORD ?' Those who deal with the law did not know me; the leaders rebelled against me. The prophets prophesied by Baal, following worthless idols.
Jeremiah 2:8
 
"My people are fools; they do not know me. They are senseless children; they have no understanding. They are skilled in doing evil; they know not how to do good."
Jeremiah 4:22
 
I thought, "These are only the poor; they are foolish, for they do not know the way of the LORD, the requirements of their God.
Jeremiah 5:4
 
Even the stork in the sky knows her appointed seasons, and the dove, the swift and the thrush observe the time of their migration. But my people do not know the requirements of the LORD.
Jeremiah 8:7
 
"They make ready their tongue like a bow, to shoot lies; it is not by truth that they triumph in the land. They go from one sin to another; they do not acknowledge me," declares the LORD.
Jeremiah 9:3
 
You live in the midst of deception; in their deceit they refuse to acknowledge me," declares the LORD.
Jeremiah 9:6
 
"When you tell these people all this and they ask you, 'Why has the LORD decreed such a great disaster against us? What wrong have we done? What sin have we committed against the LORD our God?'
Jeremiah 16:10
 
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?
Jeremiah 17:9
 
"Son of man, you are living among a rebellious people. They have eyes to see but do not see and ears to hear but do not hear, for they are a rebellious people.
Ezekiel 12:2
 
Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand.
Daniel 12:10
 
Hear the word of the LORD, you Israelites, because the LORD has a charge to bring against you who live in the land: "There is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgment of God in the land.
Hosea 4:1
 
my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. "Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.
Hosea 4:6
 
"I will not punish your daughters when they turn to prostitution, nor your daughters-in-law when they commit adultery, because the men themselves consort with harlots and sacrifice with shrine prostitutes, a people without understanding will come to ruin!
Hosea 4:14
 
"Their deeds do not permit them to return to their God. A spirit of prostitution is in their heart; they do not acknowledge the LORD.
Hosea 5:4
 
"Ephraim is like a dove, easily deceived and senseless, now calling to Egypt, now turning to Assyria.
Hosea 7:11
 
All the sinners among my people will die by the sword, all those who say, 'Disaster will not overtake or meet us.' Israel's Restoration
Amos 9:10
 
But they do not know the thoughts of the LORD; they do not understand his plan, he who gathers them like sheaves to the threshing floor.
Micah 4:12
 
Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.The Fulfillment of the Law
Matthew 5:15-16
 
But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
Matthew 6:23
 
This is why I speak to them in parables: "Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.
In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: " 'You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.'
But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.
Matthew 13:13-16
 
When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path.
Matthew 13:19
 
Leave them; they are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit."
Matthew 15:14
 
and in the morning, 'Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.' You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.
Matthew 16:3
 
Jesus replied, "You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.
Matthew 22:29
 
You blind men! Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred?
Matthew 23:19
 
You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.
Matthew 23:24
 
Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.
Matthew 23:26
 
He told them, "The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables
so that, " 'they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!' "
Mark 4:11-12
 
Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.
Mark 4:15
 
for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened.
Mark 6:52
 
"Are you so dull?" he asked. "Don't you see that nothing that enters a man from the outside can make him 'unclean'?
Mark 7:18
 
"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed,
Luke 4:18
 
Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.
Luke 8:12
 
"Woe to you experts in the law, because you have taken away the key to knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you have hindered those who were entering."
Luke 11:52
 
But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.Not Peace but Division
Luke 12:48
 
and said, "If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace,but now it is hidden from your eyes.
Luke 19:42
 
Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
Luke 23:34
 
The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
John 1:5
 
"How can a man be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born!"
John 3:4
 
You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.'
John 3:7
 
Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.
John 3:20
 
"The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all.
John 3:31
 
Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water."
John 4:10
 
Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"
John 6:52
 
On hearing it, many of his disciples said, "This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?"
John 6:60
 
Then Jesus, still teaching in the temple courts, cried out, "Yes, you know me, and you know where I am from. I am not here on my own, but he who sent me is true. You do not know him,
John 7:28
 
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
John 8:12
 
Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say.
John 8:43
 
The man answered, "Now that is remarkable! You don't know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes.
John 9:30
 
Jesus said, "For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind."
John 9:39
 
This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet: "Lord, who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?"
John 12:38
 
the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
John 14:17
 
They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me.
John 15:21
 
They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God.
John 16:2
 
"Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me.
John 17:25
 
"Now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders.
Acts 3:17
 
The people of Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize Jesus, yet in condemning him they fulfilled the words of the prophets that are read every Sabbath.
Acts 13:27
 
For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you.
Acts 17:23
 
and asked them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" They answered, "No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit."
Acts 19:2
 
to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.'
Acts 26:18
 
since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.
For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities,his eternal power and divine nature,have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools
Romans 1:19-22
 
Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done.
Romans 1:28
 
I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in.
Romans 11:25
 
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
1 Corinthians 1:18
 
Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.
1 Corinthians 1:20-21
 
None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
1 Corinthians 2:8
 
The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.
1 Corinthians 2:14
 
Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God,I say this to your shame.The Resurrection Body
1 Corinthians 15:34
 
But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away.
Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts.
2 Corinthians 3:14-15
 
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
2 Corinthians 4:3-4
 
For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:6
 
Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods.
Galatians 4:8
 
They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.
Ephesians 4:18
 
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light
Ephesians 5:8
 
For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,
Colossians 1:13
 
that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable,
not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God;
and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you.
For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.
1 Thessalonians 4:4-7
 
He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.
2 Thessalonians 1:8
 
For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie
2 Thessalonians 2:11
 
always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth.
2 Timothy 3:7
 
They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.
Titus 1:16
 
We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn.
Hebrews 5:11
 
As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.
1 Peter 1:14
 
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
1 Peter 2:9
 
But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.
2 Peter 1:9
 
He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.
2 Peter 3:16
 
If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.
1 John 1:6
 
The man who says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
1 John 2:4
 
Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness.
1 John 2:9
 
But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.
1 John 2:11
 
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
1 John 3:1
 
No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.
1 John 3:6
 
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 John 4:8
 
Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.
3 John 1:11
 
Yet these men speak abusively against whatever they do not understand; and what things they do understand by instinct, like unreasoning animals,these are the very things that destroy them.
Jude 1:10
 
You say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.
Revelation 3:17
 
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