'Forsake' in the Bible
Be careful that you do not neglect the Levite [who serves God] as long as you live in your land.
Also you shall not neglect the Levite who is within your [city] gates, for he does not have a share [of land] or an inheritance among you.
Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble in dread before them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not fail you or abandon you.”
It is the Lord who goes before you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or abandon you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
The Lord said to Moses, “Behold, you are about to lie down [in death] with your fathers; and this people will arise and play the prostitute (commit apostasy) with the foreign gods [of the people] of the land, where they go to be among them. They will abandon (turn away from) Me and break My covenant which I have made with them.
Then My anger will be kindled and burn against them in that day, and I will abandon (turn away from) them and hide My face from them. They will be devoured, and many evils and troubles will come on them, so that they will say in that day, ‘Is it not because our God is not among us that these evils have come on us?’
No man will [be able to] stand before you [to oppose you] as long as you live. Just as I was [present] with Moses, so will I be with you; I will not fail you or abandon you.
The people answered, “Far be it from us to abandon (reject) the Lord to serve other gods;
If you do abandon (reject) the Lord and serve foreign gods, then He will turn and do you harm and consume and destroy you after He has done you good.”
The Lord will not abandon His people for His great name’s sake, because the Lord has been pleased to make you a people for Himself.
I will dwell among the sons (descendants) of Israel, and will not abandon My people Israel.”
May the Lord our God be with us as He was with our fathers; may He not leave us nor abandon us [to our enemies],
“As for you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father [have personal knowledge of Him, be acquainted with, and understand Him; appreciate, heed, and cherish Him] and serve Him with a blameless heart and a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts and minds, and understands every intent and inclination of the thoughts. If you seek Him [inquiring for and of Him and requiring Him as your first and vital necessity] He will let you find Him; but if you abandon (turn away from) Him, He will reject you forever.
Then David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and courageous, and take action; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you nor abandon you [but will guide you in the construction] until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord.
“But if you [people] turn away and abandon My statutes and My commandments which I have set before you, and you go and serve other gods and worship them,
and he went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: the Lord is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him [inquiring for and of Him, as your soul’s first necessity], He will let you find Him; but if you abandon (turn away from) Him, He will abandon (turn away from) you.
For I was ashamed to request troops and horsemen from the king to protect us from the enemy along the way, because we had told the king, “The hand of our God is favorable toward all those who seek Him, but His power and His anger are against all those who abandon (turn away from) Him.”
“They refused to listen and obey,And did not remember Your wondrous acts which You had performed among them;So they stiffened their necks and [in their rebellion] appointed a leader in order to return them to slavery in Egypt.But You are a God of forgiveness,Gracious and merciful and compassionate,Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness;And You did not abandon them.
“Yet in Your great compassion You did not utterly destroy them or abandon them,For You are a gracious and merciful God.
For the Israelites and the sons of Levi shall bring the offering of the grain, the new wine, and the oil to the chambers; the utensils of the sanctuary, the priests who are ministering, the gatekeepers, and the singers are there. In this manner, we will not neglect the house of our God.
“For the despairing man there should be kindness from his friend;So that he does not abandon (turn away from) the fear of the Almighty.
Indeed, none of those who [expectantly] wait for You will be ashamed;Those who turn away from what is right and deal treacherously without cause will be ashamed (humiliated, embarrassed).
Do not hide Your face from me,Do not turn Your servant away in anger;You have been my help;Do not abandon me nor leave me,O God of my salvation!
Cease from anger and abandon wrath;Do not fret; it leads only to evil.
Do not abandon me, O Lord;O my God, do not be far from me.
Do not cast me off nor send me away in the time of old age;Do not abandon me when my strength fails and I am weak.
And even when I am old and gray-headed, O God, do not abandon me,Until I declare Your [mighty] strength to this generation,Your power to all who are to come.
“If his children turn away from My lawAnd do not walk in My ordinances,
“Because he set his love on Me, therefore I will save him;I will set him [securely] on high, because he knows My name [he confidently trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never abandon him, no, never].
I shall keep Your statutes;Do not utterly abandon me [when I fail].
Burning indignation has seized me because of the wicked,Who reject Your law.
The Lord will accomplish that which concerns me;Your [unwavering] lovingkindness, O Lord, endures forever—Do not abandon the works of Your own hands.
My son, hear the instruction of your father,And do not reject the teaching of your mother.
From those who leave the paths of uprightnessTo walk in the ways of darkness;
Do not let mercy and kindness and truth leave you [instead let these qualities define you];Bind them [securely] around your neck,Write them on the tablet of your heart.
For I give you good doctrine;Do not turn away from my instruction.
“Do not turn away from her (Wisdom) and she will guard and protect you;Love her, and she will watch over you.
My son, be guided by your father’s [God-given] commandment (instruction)And do not reject the teaching of your mother;
“Leave [behind] your foolishness [and the foolish] and live,And walk in the way of insight and understanding.”
Do not abandon your own friend and your father’s friend,And do not go to your brother’s house in the day of your disaster.Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother who is far away.
Those who set aside the law [of God and man] praise the wicked,But those who keep the law [of God and man] struggle with them.
But rebels and sinners will be crushed and destroyed together,And those who abandon (turn away from) the Lord will be consumed (perish).
“The poor and needy are seeking water, but there is none;Their tongues are parched with thirst.I, the Lord, will answer them Myself;I, the God of Israel, will not neglect them.
Let the wicked leave (behind) his wayAnd the unrighteous man his thoughts;And let him return to the Lord,And He will have compassion (mercy) on him,And to our God,For He will abundantly pardon.
“But you who abandon (turn away from) the Lord,Who forget and ignore My holy mountain (Zion),Who set a table for Gad [the Babylonian god of fortune],And who fill a jug of mixed wine for Meni [the god of fate],
O Lord, the hope of Israel,All who abandon You will be shamed.Those who turn away on earth will be written down,Because they have abandoned the Lord, the fountain of living waters.
We would have healed Babylon, but she was not to be healed.Abandon her and let each [captive] return to his own country,For her guilt and judgment have reached to heavenAnd are lifted up to the very skies.
Why do You forget us forever?Why do You forsake us so long?
But they rebelled against Me and were not willing to listen to Me; they did not throw away the detestable things on which they feasted their eyes, nor did they give up the idols of Egypt.“Then I decided to pour out My wrath on them and finish My anger against them in the land of Egypt.
“Those who regard and follow worthless idolsTurn away from their [living source of] mercy and lovingkindness.
So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not [carefully consider the cost and then for My sake] give up all his own possessions.
Now they have been told about you, that you are teaching all the Jews who are living among the Gentiles to turn away from [the Law of] Moses, advising them not to circumcise their children or to live according to the [Mosaic] customs.
Let your character [your moral essence, your inner nature] be free from the love of money [shun greed—be financially ethical], being content with what you have; for He has said, “I will never [under any circumstances] desert you [nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless], nor will I forsake or let you down or relax My hold on you [assuredly not]!”