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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 8783 neglect
8783 neglect

8783 neglect

The shirking of one’s duties or responsibilities, whether to God or to other people. The consequences of such neglect are often serious.

The Israelites sometimes neglected their religious duties

They neglected to support the Levites Dt 14:27 See also Dt 12:19; Ne 13:10

They neglected the temple Ne 13:11 See also 2Ch 24:5; Mal 1:6-14

Such neglect earned them the judgment of God 2Ch 29:6-9

The Israelites sometimes neglected their social obligations

They neglected to ensure justice for the poor Isa 5:7 See also Am 2:6-8; Am 4:1-3; Am 5:7-15

Their leaders neglected their responsibilities Isa 56:10-12 See also Eze 34:1-6; Am 6:1-7

God punished their neglect Zep 1:12-13 See also Isa 32:9-15

Neglect in the NT

Warnings against neglect 1Ti 4:14 See also Mt 23:23 pp Lk 11:42; Mt 25:14-30 pp Lk 19:12-26; Lk 12:35-48

Examples of neglect

The neglect of salvation Heb 2:1-4

The neglect of public worship Heb 10:25

Sodom’s neglect of the poor Eze 16:49

The neglect of widows Ac 6:1-4

See also

1310God as judge
7259promised land, later history
7967spiritual gifts, responsibility
8232discipline, family

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