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87 Bible Verses About Backsliders

Here are 87 Bible verses about backsliders from the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible (King James Version), sorted from most to least relevant.

Revelation 2:5 KJV

Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

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2 Peter 2:21 KJV

For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.

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Hebrews 10:26-29 KJV

For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.

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Revelation 2:4 KJV

For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

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Luke 9:62 KJV

Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

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James 4:8 KJV

And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

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James 4:17 KJV

Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

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Galatians 5:7 KJV

Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

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Malachi 3:7 KJV

Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?

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Revelation 3:3 KJV

Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?

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Galatians 6:1 KJV

Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

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Revelation 3:2 KJV

Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

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2 Peter 2:20 KJV

Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.

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Galatians 4:9 KJV

For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.

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Hebrews 6:4-8 KJV

But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?

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Ezekiel 18:24 KJV

For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God: But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.

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1 Timothy 1:19 KJV

But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.

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2 Corinthians 12:21 KJV

Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:

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John 15:6 KJV

And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.

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2 Timothy 2:12 KJV

If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

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Hosea 11:7 KJV

If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:

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Jeremiah 14:7 KJV

And my people are bent to backsliding from me: though they called them to the most High, none at all would exalt him.

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Mark 9:50 KJV

O LORD, though our iniquities testify against us, do thou it for thy name’s sake: for our backslidings are many; we have sinned against thee.

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Galatians 1:6 KJV

Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.

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1 Timothy 4:1 KJV

I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:

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Isaiah 17:10 KJV

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

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Proverbs 14:14 KJV

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:

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Jeremiah 3:22 KJV

The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.

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Galatians 1:7 KJV

Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. Behold, we come unto thee; for thou art the LORD our God.

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Hebrews 12:15 KJV

Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

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1 Timothy 5:15 KJV

Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;

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Isaiah 31:6 KJV

For some are already turned aside after Satan.

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Galatians 3:1 KJV

Turn ye unto him from whom the children of Israel have deeply revolted.

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2 Corinthians 12:20 KJV

O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?

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John 20:27-29 KJV

For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:

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Isaiah 17:11 KJV

Then saith he to Thomas, reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

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Matthew 12:45 KJV

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.

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2 Timothy 4:10 KJV

Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

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Jeremiah 2:17 KJV

For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.

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Luke 17:32 KJV

Hast thou not procured this unto thyself, in that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, when he led thee by the way?

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Jeremiah 4:14 KJV

Remember Lot’s wife.

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Galatians 4:9-11 KJV

O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee?

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Proverbs 26:11 KJV

But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.

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1 Timothy 1:20 KJV

As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.

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Hosea 3:5 KJV

Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.

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Matthew 5:13 KJV

Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days.

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1 Timothy 6:20 KJV

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

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Galatians 5:6 KJV

O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:

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Jeremiah 4:1 KJV

For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

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Isaiah 65:2 KJV

If thou wilt return, O Israel, saith the LORD, return unto me: and if thou wilt put away thine abominations out of my sight, then shalt thou not remove.

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Hebrews 5:11 KJV

I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts;

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Luke 24:27 KJV

Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.

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Amos 2:4 KJV

And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

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Hosea 11:8 KJV

Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Judah, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have despised the law of the LORD, and have not kept his commandments, and their lies caused them to err, after the which their fathers have walked:

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Jeremiah 32:30 KJV

How shall I give thee up, Ephraim? how shall I deliver thee, Israel? how shall I make thee as Admah? how shall I set thee as Zeboim? mine heart is turned within me, my repentings are kindled together.

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Psalms 73:27 KJV

For the children of Israel and the children of Judah have only done evil before me from their youth: for the children of Israel have only provoked me to anger with the work of their hands, saith the LORD.

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2 Chronicles 13:11 KJV

For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.

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Ezekiel 18:26 KJV

And they burn unto the LORD every morning and every evening burnt sacrifices and sweet incense: the shewbread also set they in order upon the pure table; and the candlestick of gold with the lamps thereof, to burn every evening: for we keep the charge of the LORD our God; but ye have forsaken him.

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Jeremiah 6:16 KJV

When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die.

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John 6:66 KJV

Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.

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Isaiah 65:3 KJV

From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

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2 Chronicles 15:2-4 KJV

A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick;

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Isaiah 43:22 KJV

And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you. Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law. But when they in their trouble did turn unto the LORD God of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them.

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Psalms 106:14 KJV

But thou hast not called upon me, O Jacob; but thou hast been weary of me, O Israel.

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Psalms 54:4-7 KJV

But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert.

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Ezra 9:14 KJV

Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul. He shall reward evil unto mine enemies: cut them off in thy truth. I will freely sacrifice unto thee: I will praise thy name, O LORD; for it is good. For he hath delivered me out of all trouble: and mine eye hath seen his desire upon mine enemies.

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1 Timothy 6:10 KJV

Should we again break thy commandments, and join in affinity with the people of these abominations? wouldest not thou be angry with us till thou hadst consumed us, so that there should be no remnant nor escaping?

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Hosea 13:16 KJV

For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

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Jeremiah 17:13 KJV

Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up.

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Isaiah 63:17 KJV

O LORD, the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living waters.

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Isaiah 50:1 KJV

O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants’ sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.

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Isaiah 31:7 KJV

Thus saith the LORD, Where is the bill of your mother’s divorcement, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away.

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2 Kings 18:12 KJV

For in that day every man shall cast away his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which your own hands have made unto you for a sin.

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2 Peter 2:22 KJV

Because they obeyed not the voice of the LORD their God, but transgressed his covenant, and all that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded, and would not hear them, nor do them.

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Jeremiah 3:14 KJV

But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

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Acts 3:19 KJV

Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:

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Hebrews 6:4 KJV

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;

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Jeremiah 3:8 KJV

For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,

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Jeremiah 3:12 KJV

And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.

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James 5:20 KJV

Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the LORD; and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the LORD, and I will not keep anger for ever.

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Jeremiah 15:6 KJV

Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

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Jeremiah 2:19 KJV

Thou hast forsaken me, saith the LORD, thou art gone backward: therefore will I stretch out my hand against thee, and destroy thee; I am weary with repenting.

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Hosea 14:2 KJV

Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.

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Hebrews 10:39 KJV

Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips.

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Hosea 4:16 KJV

But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

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Jeremiah 8:5 KJV

For Israel slideth back as a backsliding heifer: now the LORD will feed them as a lamb in a large place.

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Jeremiah 3:11 KJV

Why then is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return.

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Jeremiah 31:22 KJV

And the LORD said unto me, The backsliding Israel hath justified herself more than treacherous Judah.

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