Forgetting God in the Bible

A characteristic of the wicked

  • Proverbs 2:17 Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.
  • Isaiah 65:11 But ye are they that forsake the LORD, that forget my holy mountain, that prepare a table for that troop, and that furnish the drink offering unto that number.

"Forgetting God" Bible Outline

Backsliders guilty of

  • Jeremiah 2:32 Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet my people have forgotten me days without number.
  • Jeremiah 3:21 A voice was heard upon the high places, weeping and supplications of the children of Israel: for they have perverted their way, and they have forgotten the LORD their God.

Is forgetting his covenant

  • Deuteronomy 4:23 Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the LORD your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the LORD thy God hath forbidden thee.
  • 2 Kings 17:38 And the covenant that I have made with you ye shall not forget; neither shall ye fear other gods.

Works

  • Psalms 78:7 That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:
  • Psalms 78:11 And forgat his works, and his wonders that he had shewed them.
  • Psalms 106:13 They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel:

Benefits

  • Psalms 103:2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
  • Psalms 106:7 Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt; they remembered not the multitude of thy mercies; but provoked him at the sea, even at the Red sea.

Word

  • Hebrews 12:5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
  • James 1:25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

Law

  • Psalms 119:153 RESH. Consider mine affliction, and deliver me: for I do not forget thy law.
  • Psalms 119:176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments.
  • Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

The people of God

  • Psalms 137:5 If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.

Past deliverances

  • Judges 8:34 And the children of Israel remembered not the LORD their God, who had delivered them out of the hands of all their enemies on every side:
  • Psalms 78:42 They remembered not his hand, nor the day when he delivered them from the enemy.

Power to deliver

  • Isaiah 51:13-15 And forgettest the LORD thy maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth; and hast feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy? and where is the fury of the oppressor? 14 The captive exile hasteneth that he may be loosed, and that he should not die in the pit, nor that his bread should fail. 15 But I am the LORD thy God, that divided the sea, whose waves roared: The LORD of hosts is his name.

Encouraged by false teachers

  • Jeremiah 23:27 Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal.

Prosperity leads to

  • Deuteronomy 8:12-14 Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein; 13 And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied; 14 Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the LORD thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage;
  • Hosea 13:6 According to their pasture, so were they filled; they were filled, and their heart was exalted; therefore have they forgotten me.

Trials should not lead to

  • Psalms 44:17-20 All this is come upon us; yet have we not forgotten thee, neither have we dealt falsely in thy covenant. 18 Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from thy way; 19 Though thou hast sore broken us in the place of dragons, and covered us with the shadow of death. 20 If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god;

Resolve against

  • Psalms 119:16 I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.
  • Psalms 119:93 I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me.

Cautions against

  • Deuteronomy 6:12 Then beware lest thou forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
  • Deuteronomy 8:11 Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day:

Exhortation to those guilty of

  • Psalms 50:22 Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.

Punishment of

  • Job 8:12-13 Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not cut down, it withereth before any other herb. 13 So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite's hope shall perish:
  • Psalms 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.
  • Isaiah 17:10-11 Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange slips: 11 In the day shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and in the morning shalt thou make thy seed to flourish: but the harvest shall be a heap in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow.
  • Ezekiel 23:35 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast forgotten me, and cast me behind thy back, therefore bear thou also thy lewdness and thy whoredoms.
  • Hosea 8:14 For Israel hath forgotten his Maker, and buildeth temples; and Judah hath multiplied fenced cities: but I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour the palaces thereof.

Threatened

  • Job 8:13 So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite's hope shall perish:
  • Psalms 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.
  • Psalms 50:22 Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.
  • Isaiah 17:10 Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange slips:
  • Jeremiah 2:32 Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet my people have forgotten me days without number.
  • Hosea 8:14 For Israel hath forgotten his Maker, and buildeth temples; and Judah hath multiplied fenced cities: but I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour the palaces thereof.

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