Fear God

Fear God

There have been many acronym-style definitions of the word fear over the years.

One is:
False Evidence Appearing Real

It means, there is nothing to fear and there is no danger to be aware of.
It's a false fear that someone fabricates in their mind. It's an illusion of fear that doesn't exist.

Another one is:
Forget Everything And Run;
Face Everything And Rise

This one means there is something to fear. A real threat does exist and has been identified. This fear is not a fabric of someone's imagination. But a choice has to be made when faced with it: either RUN or RISE.

Both of the above acronym-style definitions can be helpful to us. However, there is a 3rd type of fear that is often overlooked. That is, the fear of the Lord.

There are many verses in the Bible where the word fear is synonymous with the Lord. Below are 14 of them to biblically define what the fear of the Lord is. These verses should prove to be most helpful to you.

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:29-30 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.

Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

Proverbs 10:27 The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.

Proverbs 14:26 In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge. The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

Proverbs 15:16 Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.

Proverbs 16:6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.

Proverbs 19:23 The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.

Proverbs 22:4 By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.

Proverbs 23:17 Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long.

Ecclesiastes 5:7 For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities: but fear thou God.

Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.