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52 Bible Verses about Unreliability

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Psalm 78:57

And they turned and were treacherous like their ancestors. They twisted like a crooked bow.

Hosea 6:4

What will I do with you, Ephraim? What will I do with you, Judah? Your love [is] like a morning cloud, like the dew that goes away early in the morning.

2 Corinthians 1:9

But [we] ourselves had the sentence of death in ourselves, so that we would not be putting confidence in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead,

Genesis 40:23

But the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.

1 Samuel 13:13-14

Then Samuel said to Saul, "You have behaved foolishly! You have not kept the command of Yahweh your God which he commanded you. For then, Yahweh would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now, your kingdom will not endure. Yahweh has sought for himself a man according to his [own] heart, and Yahweh has appointed him as leader over his people, because you have not kept what Yahweh commanded you."

Hosea 5:13

And [when] Ephraim saw his illness, and Judah his wound, Ephraim went to Assyria, he sent to the great king. But he was unable to cure you and heal your wound.

Matthew 26:40

And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, "So, were you not able to stay awake with me one hour?

Mark 14:37

And he came and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, "Simon, are you sleeping? Were you not able to stay awake one hour?

Luke 22:45

And [when he] got up from the prayer [and] came to the disciples, he found them sleeping from sorrow,

Psalm 146:3-4

Do not place trust in princes, in a son of humankind with whom there is no deliverance. His breath departs; he returns to his plot; on that day his plans perish.

Isaiah 45:20

Assemble and come; draw near together, survivors of the nations! They do not know, those who carry {their wooden idols} and pray to a god who cannot save.

Deuteronomy 4:28

And you will there serve gods {made by human hands}, [of] wood and stone, [gods] that cannot see and cannot hear and cannot eat and cannot smell.

Psalm 115:4-8

Their idols [are] silver and gold, [the] work of human hands. They have mouths, but cannot speak; they have eyes, but cannot see; they have ears, but cannot hear; they have noses, but cannot smell;read more.
[they have] their hands, but they cannot feel, their feet, but they cannot walk; they cannot utter a sound in their throats. [Those who] make them become like them, [as does] everyone who trusts in them.

Isaiah 40:20

The one who is [too] impoverished [for] a gift chooses wood [that] will not rot; he seeks a skillful artisan for himself to set up an image [that] will not be knocked over.

Jeremiah 10:5

They [are] like scarecrows in a cucumber field, they cannot speak. Indeed, they must be carried, for they cannot march. You must not be afraid of them, for they cannot do evil; furthermore, to do good [is] not in them."

Jeremiah 51:17-18

All humankind turns out to be stupid, without knowledge. Every goldsmith is put to shame by [the] divine image. For his cast image [is] a lie, and [there is] no breath in them. They [are] worthless, a work of mockery. At the time of their punishment, they will perish.

Daniel 5:23

And [now] you have exalted yourself against the Lord of heaven, and the vessels of his temple you have brought in before you, and you and your lords, your wives and your concubines, have been drinking wine from them, and you have praised the gods of silver, gold, bronze, iron, wood, and stone that [do] not see and [do] not hear and [do] not know, but the God {who holds your life in his hand} and all of your ways {come from him}, you have not honored.

Habakkuk 2:18

What value [is] an idol when its carver has fashioned it, a molten idol, a teacher of lies? For [he who] fashioned his creation trusts in it, [though] making mute idols!

Luke 21:8

And he said, Watch out that you are not deceived! For many will come in my name, saying, 'I am [he],' and 'The time is near!' Do not go after them!

1 Corinthians 3:19-20

For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God, for it is written, "The one who catches the wise in their craftiness," and again, "The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile."

Judges 20:36

The descendants of Benjamin saw that they were defeated, and the men of Israel gave ground to Benjamin because they trusted the ambush that they had set against Gibeah.

Job 5:13

[He] is capturing [the] wise in their craftiness, and the schemes of the wily are rushed.

Isaiah 30:12-13

Therefore the holy one of Israel says this: "Because you [are] rejecting this word and you trust in oppression and {cunning} and you rely on it, therefore this iniquity shall come for you like a breach about to fall, bulging out on a high wall {that breaks} suddenly, [in] an instant.

Isaiah 59:4

There is nobody {who pleads with} justice, and there is nobody who judges with honesty. They rely on nothing and speak vanity. They conceive trouble and beget iniquity;

Ezekiel 28:6-7

Therefore thus says the Lord Yahweh: "Because of your regarding your {mind} like [the] {mind} of a god, therefore look! I [am] bringing strangers over you, [the most] ruthless of [the] peoples, and they will draw their swords against the beauty of your wisdom, and they will defile your splendor.

1 Corinthians 1:19-21

For it is written, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the intelligence of the intelligent I will confound." Where [is] the wise person? Where [is] the scribe? Where [is] the debater 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 God, God was pleased through the foolishness of preaching to save those who believe.

Colossians 2:23

which [things] {although they have}, to be sure, an appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and humility and unsparing treatment of the body, {do not have any value} against the indulgence of the flesh.

1 Samuel 17:45

Then David said to the Philistine, "You [are] coming to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I am coming to you in the name of Yahweh of hosts, the God of the battle lines of Israel, whom you have defied!

Psalm 33:16-17

The king [is] not saved by [the] greatness of an army. The warrior is not delivered by [the] greatness of strength. The horse [is] a false hope for victory, nor can it save by the greatness of its power.

Isaiah 36:4-6

And Rabshakeh said to them, "Now say to Hezekiah, 'Thus says the great king, the king of Assyria: "What [is] this confidence [in] which you trust? I said, 'Only a word of lips! {War has power and a plan}!' Now, in whom do you trust, that you have rebelled against me? Look, you trust in the staff of this broken reed, on Egypt, which [if] a man leans on it, goes into his hand and bores through it! Such [is] Pharaoh, king of Egypt, to all those who trust in him.

Ezekiel 33:26

You rely on your sword, you do a detestable thing, and {each man defiles} the wife of his neighbor, and [yet] you want to take possession of the land?" '

Hosea 1:7

But I will have pity [on] the house of Judah and I will save them by Yahweh their God, and will not deliver them by bow, sword, war, horses, or horsemen.

Haggai 2:22

and I will overthrow the thrones of kingdoms and destroy the military strength of the kingdoms of the nations. I will overthrow chariots and their drivers; horses and their riders will fall, every one by the sword of another!

Matthew 26:52

Then Jesus said to him, "Put your sword back into its place! For all who take up the sword will die by the sword.

Jeremiah 49:4

Why do you boast in [your] valleys? Your valleys [are] ebbing. O unfaithful daughter, who trusted in her treasures, [who said], 'Who will come against me?'

Haggai 1:9

'You have looked for much, and look! [It came] to little; and [when] you brought [it] home, I blew it [away]. Why?' {declares} Yahweh of hosts. 'Because my house [is] desolate and you [are] running each to your own house!

Haggai 2:16-17

{from that time when} one came to a heap of twenty [measures], there were [only] ten, and [when] one came to the wine vat to draw out fifty measures, there were [only] twenty. I struck you with blight, and with plant mildew, and hail, all the work of your hands. But {you did not come back to me},' {declares} Yahweh.

Zechariah 9:3-4

Tyre has built a fortification for itself, and it heaped up silver like dust, and gold like [the] mud of [the] streets. Look! The Lord will drive it out and will hurl its outer ramparts into the sea, and it will be consumed by fire.