What is meant by fear of the Lord? The phrase fear of the Lord is used to characterize those who honor, love, trust, and pray to the God of Israel and obey his teachings as revealed through Moses (Deut 5:29; Deut 6:2; Deut 8:6; Deut 10: Deut 12–13; Deut 31:12–13). The conclusion drawn in Job 28 is that the “fear of the LORD” is the only place where wisdom can be found (Job28:28). This point is driven home in the prior verses of the poem in this chapter: no matter how hard one tries, wisdom can be found nowhere else.[i]
Here is a list of verses that speak to the fear of the Lord. Once we read these scriptures we come to a sweeter understanding of the phrase fear of the Lord. For the word fear can also be replaced by the word “awe”; for it used as awe in scripture such as Ps 65.8. Although “fear” is the prevalent meaning, it is a “fear” that comes from the reverence and awe of God that we have in our heart.
Job 28:28 And he said to man, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.’ ”
Psalm 19:9 the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether.
Psalm 34:11 Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
Psalm 111:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!
Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 1:29 Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord,
Proverbs 2:5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.
Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.
Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
Proverbs 10:27 The fear of the Lord prolongs life, but the years of the wicked will be short.
Proverbs 14:26 In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge.
Proverbs 14:27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.
Proverbs 15:16 Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble with it.
Proverbs 15:33 The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor.
Proverbs 16:6 By steadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for, and by the fear of the Lord one turns away from evil.
Proverbs 19:23 The fear of the Lord leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied; he will not be visited by harm.
Proverbs 22:4 The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.
Proverbs 23:17 Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear of the Lord all the day.
Isaiah 11:2 And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
Isaiah 11:3 And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what his ears hear,
Isaiah 33:6 and he will be the stability of your times, abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is Zion’s treasure.
Acts 9:31 So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied.
2 Corinthians 5:11Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience.
[i] Miller, J. W. (2004). Proverbs. Believers church Bible commentary (41). Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press.
Published on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 4:29 AM CDT