The Fear of the Lord

The word used for 'fear' in the Book of Proverbs comes from the Hebrew word yirah (Strong's Concordance #H3374). It means to morally reverence or revere. The Lord God wants man to take His words seriously and put them into practice. He deserves worship and respect as the loving Creator of all things.

The world's definition of fear is significantly different from what the Lord requires of us. It is an emotional response to a perceived threat or danger against our lives, possessions, loved ones, and so on.

Fear is not an emotion most people like to feel and is certainly not how the Lord wants to be viewed or treated! In fact, the kind of love and Godly reverence believers are to develop is the exact opposite of what springs from human nature.

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Can the Lord change his mind?

The apostle John tells us that perfect love and fear cannot ultimately reside together! He states, "The one who does not love does not know God because God is love . . . And the one who fears has not been made perfect in the love of God" (1John 4:8, 18).

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By lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for, and by the fear of the Lord one keeps away from evil (Proverbs 16:6).

Do not let your heart envy sinners, but be in the fear of the Lord all the day long (Proverbs 23:17).

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction (Proverbs 1:7).

But you have despised all my counsel and would have none of my reproof. I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear comes; when your calamity comes like a storm, and your destruction comes like a whirlwind, when trouble and pain come upon you,

Then they shall call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me. Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord (Proverbs 1:25 - 29).

World's Wit and Wisdom
A fanatic is a man who does
what he thinks the Lord would
do if He knew the facts of the case.
Finley Peter Dunne, 1865 - 1936

What men usually ask God
when they pray is that
two and two not make four.

Search for them (wisdom and understanding) as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God (Proverbs 2:4 - 5).

Don't be conceited, sure of your own wisdom. Instead, trust and reverence the Lord, and turn your back on evil; when you do that, then you will be given renewed health and vitality (Proverbs 3:7 - 8).

The fear of the Lord adds length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short (Proverbs 10:27)

The fear of the Lord is the instruction for wisdom, and before honor comes humility (Proverbs 15:33).

The fear of the Lord leads to life, so that one may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil (Proverbs 19:23).

I know that whatever God does, it shall be forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it; and God does it so that men should fear before Him (Ecclesiastes 3:14).

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments. For this is the whole man (Ecclesiastes 12:13).

To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech (Proverbs 8:13).

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding (Proverbs 9:10).

Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and turmoil with it (Proverbs 15:16).

World's Wit and Wisdom
To one who has faith,
no explanation is necessary.
To one without faith,
no explanation is possible.
Thomas Aquinas, 1225 - 1274

A man with God
is always in the majority.
John Knox, 1513 - 1572

For in the multitude of dreams and many words vanities abound; but fear God (Ecclesiastes 5:7).

In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence and his children have a refuge (Proverbs 14:26).

The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning people away from the snares of death (Proverbs 14:27).

The reward of humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, honor and life (Proverbs 22:4).

My son, fear the Lord and the king; do not associate with those who are given to change, for their calamity will rise suddenly, and who knows the ruin that comes from both of them? (Proverbs 24:21 - 22).

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Adultery    -    Alcohol (Wine)    -    Anger
Blessings    -    Children    -    Correction
Debt    -    Envy    -    Fear of the Lord
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