God has breathed the word “fear” into His written word 509 times. The authors of the text recorded “Fear of the Lord” 30 times, while the term “Fear of God” was recorded eight times. There are many words used in the bible to define for the word fear. “The most common of these (giving the noun forms) are Heb. yir’â, ‘reverence’; Heb. paḥaḏ, dread’, ‘fear’; Gk. phobos, ‘fear’, ‘terror’.”
The New Bible Dictionary contributes the word fear as Holy fear. “To fear God is to regard God with reverent awe.” Genesis 20:11 is representative of this usage of the word fear. Abraham premeditated that he would not be safe in the land of Gerar, which was located between Kadesh and Shur. His rational was that the people of that land knew not the Living God of the Hebrews; therefore, they had no reverence for Him. Without reverence for God, the people of those lands certainly would have scarcely deliberated the moral implications of such nefarious acts of murder, rape, and pillaging. These heinous acts would have been merely customary behavior. We can also purpose that because the people of the land did not reverence Jehovah, they also did not have fear of His mighty hand of judgment. This type of fear would be best interpreted as fright or terror.
Fear, that is terror or slavish fear , is also found in Second Chronicles 20:29. Which reads, “And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they had heard that the LORD fought against the enemies of Israel”. This fear is a conjoint characteristic of unconverted people who live according to heathenism, and annalistic philosophies...
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... even those who fall prostrate before Him, scripture tells us “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (Second Peter 3:9)
“In the Bible, however, fear is perhaps more often than in popular culture regarded not as pure emotion but as wise behavior.” Those who fear God and seek wisdom early shall find it. Those who fear the Lord shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil. They who fear God shall walk with Him and shall not follow the paths of the unrighteous. God shall provide for all needs to those who fear Him. Fear of the Lord will bring to us wisdom and knowledge as we grow spiritually into the image of Christ. Our desire shall be for the things of God and His righteousness and flesh shall be crucified.
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