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The state and experience of being forsaken, shared by God as well as by human beings.

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God is abandoned

God’s people deliberately abandon him

Jeremiah 2:13 ESV
for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.
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God’s people abandon his law

Jeremiah 9:12–14 ESV
Who is the man so wise that he can understand this? To whom has the mouth of the Lord spoken, that he may declare it? Why is the land ruined and laid waste like a wilderness, so that no one passes through? And the Lord says: “Because they have forsaken my law that I set before them, and have not obeyed my voice or walked in accord with it, but have stubbornly followed their own hearts and have gone after the Baals, as their fathers taught them.
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God’s people abandon his covenant

Deuteronomy 29:25 ESV
Then people will say, ‘It is because they abandoned the covenant of the Lord, the God of their fathers, which he made with them when he brought them out of the land of Egypt,
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God’s people abandon his temple


Those who abandon the gospel

1 Timothy 4:1 ESV
Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons,
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God abandons those who forsake him

2 Chronicles 24:20 ESV
Then the Spirit of God clothed Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, and he stood above the people, and said to them, “Thus says God, ‘Why do you break the commandments of the Lord, so that you cannot prosper? Because you have forsaken the Lord, he has forsaken you.’ ”
See also Moses warns the Transjordan tribes; Israel’s rebellion predicted;

The Lord abandoned Saul:

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God shows mercy to those who have been justly abandoned

Isaiah 54:7 ESV
For a brief moment I deserted you, but with great compassion I will gather you.
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Those who feel abandoned by God

God’s people

Lamentations 5:20 ESV
Why do you forget us forever, why do you forsake us for so many days?
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Their prayers

Psalm 38:21–22 ESV
Do not forsake me, O Lord! O my God, be not far from me! Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation!
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Jesus Christ’s feelings of abandonment

Matthew 27:46 ESV
And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
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God promises never to abandon his people

Deuteronomy 31:8 ESV
It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
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Examples of people who were abandoned

Hagar; a slave; a newborn baby; Jerusalem; Paul
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