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132. Should we fear God?


God commands us to fear him.
Thou shalt fear thy God: for I am the LORD your God. Leviticus 25:17

That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments. Deuteronomy 6:2

Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God. Deuteronomy 6:13

And the LORD commanded us ... to fear the LORD our God. Deuteronomy 6:24

What doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God. Deuteronomy 10:12

Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God. Deuteronomy 10:20

Fear the Lord. Joshua 24:14, 1 Samuel 12:24, Proverbs 3:7

Let all the earth fear the LORD. Psalm 33:8

My son, fear thou the LORD. Proverbs 24:21

God doeth it, that men should fear before him. Ecclesiates 3:14

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

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

Also I said, It is not good that ye do: ought ye not to walk in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the heathen our enemies? Nehemiah 5:9

Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. Isaiah 8:13

Fear ye not me? saith the LORD: will ye not tremble at my presence? Jeremaih 5:22

Fear the Lord and his goodness in the latter days. Hosea 3:5

Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. 2 Corinthians 7:1

Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Ephesians 5:21

Fear God. 1 Peter 2:17

Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come. Revelation 14:7

So learn to fear him and teach your children to do likewise.
That they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children. Deuteronomy 4:10

And that their children, which have not known any thing, may hear, and learn to fear the LORD your God. Deuteronomy 31:13

That thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always. Deuteronomy 14:23

Gather the people together, men and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the LORD your God. Deuteronomy 31:12

Fear God all day long.
Be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long. Proverbs 23:17
Fear his glorious and fearful name.
That thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, THE LORD THY GOD. Deuteronomy 28:58
Fear him above all the other gods.
The Lord ... is to be feared above all gods. 1 Chronicles 16:25

For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods. Psalm 96:4

Fear him like Levi did.
That my covenant might be with Levi, saith the LORD of hosts. My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name. Malachi 2:4-5
And like upright people still do.
He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD. Proverbs 14:2
The whole world should fear him.
That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty: that ye might fear the LORD your God for ever. Joshua 4:24

Who shall not fear thee, O Lord? Revelation 15:4

But no one does.
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: ... There is no fear of God before their eyes. Romans 3:10-18
Slaves should fear God and obey their masters.
Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God. Colossians 3:22
If you fear God, he will help you defeat your enemies.
If ye will fear the LORD, and serve him, and obey his voice, and not rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall both ye and also the king that reigneth over you continue following the LORD your God. 1 Samuel 12:14

But the LORD your God ye shall fear; and he shall deliver you out of the hand of all your enemies. 2 Kings 17:39

And you'll become rich and famous.

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

Nothing bad will ever happen to you.
The fear of the LORD ... shall not be visited with evil. Proverbs 19:23
Fearing God makes you live longer.
The fear of the LORD prolongeth days. Proverbs 10:27
And is the begining of wisdom and knowledge.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Proverbs 9:10, Psalm 111:10

The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom. Proverbs 15:33

The fear of the LORD, that is wisdom. Job 28:28

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge. Proverbs 1:7

The fear of the Lord is clean and it endures forever.
The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever. Psalm 19:9
Those who fear the Lord know God's secret.
The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him. Psalm 25:14
God has his eye on, and takes pleasure from, those that fear him.
The eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him. Psalm 33:18

The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him. Psalm 147:11

And he will satisfy all of their desires.
He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him. Psalm 145:19

The fear of the LORD ... he that hath it shall abide satisfied. Proverbs 19:23

People that fear God have whatever they want.
O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. Psalm 34:9
God has mercy on those that fear him.
Great is his mercy toward them that fear him. Psalm 103:11

But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him. Psalm 103:17

And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation. Luke 1:50

Blesses them.
Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD. Psalm 112:1

He will bless them that fear the LORD. Psalm 115:13

Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD. Psalm 128:1

Pities them.
The LORD pitieth them that fear him. Psalm 103:13
And saves them.
He ... will hear their cry, and will save them. Psalm 145:19
If you fear God's name, the Sun of righteousness will heal you with his wings, and you'll grow up like a calf in a stall.
But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. Malachi 4:2
Fear God since he is able to destroy your soul and body in hell.
Fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28, Luke 12:5
It is a fearful thing to fall into God's hands.
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10:31


God has given believers the spirit of love, not of fear.
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
Not as fearful slaves, but as the children of a loving God.
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. Romans 8:15
God is love, and there is no fear in love.
God is Love. 1 John 4:8

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18

Christian Responses
Annotated Skeptic's Annotated Bible: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge (Joshua 4)
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Does God ever get furious?
Is God the creator of evil?
Does God want some to go to hell?
How long does God's anger last?
Does God repent?
Will God curse the earth?
Is God warlike or peaceful?
Does God lie?