The fear of the Lord:

A disproportionate emotional response to everyday life events can be crippling. On the other hand, there is the

The idea of the ‘Fear of the Lord’ is one of the key themes of Proverbs and appears twenty-one times throughout the book. It is a choice that you make.

  • Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV  Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
  • Proverbs 1:33 ESV But whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.”
  • 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 12:25 ESV Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.
  • Proverbs 14:27 ESV The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.
  • Proverbs 16:6 ESV By steadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for, and by the fear of the Lord one turns away from evil.
  • Proverbs 19:23 ESV 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 ESV The reward of humility and the fear of the LORD Are riches, honor and life.
  • Proverbs 28:14 How blessed is the man who fears always, But he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.

New Testament verses address fear too: From the ESV version of the Bible.

Philippians 4:6-7Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

2 Timothy 1:7For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

1 John 4:18There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

Romans 8:31-39What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? …

Hebrews 4:14-16Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 13:5Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Matthew 10:28And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

Matthew 10:26 “So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.

John 14:1 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.

Colossians 3:15And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

Acts 18:9-10And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.”

Luke 12:6-9Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows. “And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God, but the one who denies me before men will be denied before the angels of God.

Hebrews 13:6 So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”

2 Kings 6:16-17He said, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Luke 21:34/ “But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap.

Matthew 5:1-48 / Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. …

Romans8:28/ And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:15 / For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”

Philippians 4:6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Philippians 4:19And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Luke 4:18“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed,

We are God’s free children.  Fear should not be in our vocabulary.

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