Bible Verses About Fear: 22 Scriptures To Study

by Pamela Rose Williams on January 27, 2012 · Print Print · Email Email

In the Old Testament of the Bible fear is translated from ten Hebrew nouns and eight verbs [1].  The New Testament uses four Greek words. Generally when we think of fear we might equate it to anxiety, dismay, despair, horror, and worry. Fear is that feeling in the pit of our stomach which can be little, such as “butterflies” or it could be great terror, such that prevents us from interacting with others and sometimes even keeps us shut up inside of our house. The Bible calls this kind of fear “the spirit of fear”.

Did you know that the Bible actually talks of two different kinds of fear? While “the spirit of fear” may be harmful to us; “the fear of God” is nothing but beneficial.  This type of fear is best explained by the word reverence. Next time you are fearful, remember that it could be a good thing! Choose the fear of the Lord. Here are some Bible verses about fear for you to study.

Psalms 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!

Spirit of Fear

Bible Verses About Feat

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Genesis 3:8-10 And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”  And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.”

Proverbs 12:25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.

Matthew 28:4 And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men.

Luke 2:8-9 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear.

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!”

2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV) For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

1 John 4:18 There 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.

Revelation 11:11 But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood up on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them.

Fear of God

Genesis 22:11-13 But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.”  And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son.

Exodus 1:16-18 “When you serve as midwife to the Hebrew women and see them on the birthstool, if it is a son, you shall kill him, but if it is a daughter, she shall live.” But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but let the male children live. So the king of Egypt called the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this, and let the male children live?”

Proverbs 2:1-6 My son, if you receive my words  and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom  and inclining your heart to understanding;  yes, if you call out for insight  and raise your voice for understanding,  if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures,  then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;

Ephesians 5:18-21 (KJV) And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

1 Peter 2:17 Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.

Blessings of the Right Fear

Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

1 Samuel 12:14 If you will fear the LORD and serve him and obey his voice and not rebel against the commandment of the LORD, and if both you and the king who reigns over you will follow the LORD your God, it will be well.  

2 Kings 17:37-39 “ … And the statutes and the rules and the law and the commandment that he wrote for you, you shall always be careful to do. You shall not fear other gods, and you shall not forget the covenant that I have made with you. You shall not fear other gods, but you shall fear the LORD your God, and he will deliver you out of the hand of all your enemies.”

Psalms 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalms 40:3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD.

Psalms 56:3-4 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?

Psalms 61:5 For you, O God, have heard my vows; you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.

Acts 10:1-2 At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion of what was known as the Italian Cohort, a devout man who feared God with all his household, gave alms generously to the people, and prayed continually to God.

Christian Quotes About Fear

Fear is born of Satan, and if we would only take time to think a moment we would see that everything Satan says is founded upon a falsehood.” ~ A. B. Simpson

“Faith, which is trust, and fear are opposite poles. If a man has the one, he can scarcely have the other in vigorous operation. He that has his trust set upon God does not need to dread anything except the weakening or the paralyzing of that trust.” ~ Alexander MacLaren

” If my attitude be one of fear, not faith, about one who has disappointed me; if I say, ‘Just what I expected,’ if a fall occurs, then I know nothing of Calvary love.” ~ Amy Carmichael

“Fear is the response of the human heart when its one thing is threatened.” ~ Augustine

“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.”  ~ C.S. Lewis

“Worry is a cycle of inefficient thoughts whirling around a center of fear.” ~ Corrie Ten Boom

“God incarnate is the end of fear; and the heart that realizes that He is in the midst… will be quiet in the middle of alarm.” ~ F.B. Meyer

“How strange this fear of death is! We are never frightened at a sunset.” ~ George Macdonald

“Fear of something is at the root of hate for others, and hate within will eventually destroy the hater.” ~ George Washington Carver

“Faith activates God – Fear activates the Enemy.” ~ Joel Osteen

Conclusion

Fear can be both harmful and beneficial. A spirit of fear is something that we are encouraged not to have. This type of fear will leave us filled with much anxiety, dismay, despair, horror, and worry. The Bible also talks about the fear of God and a better way to explain this is to call it a “reverence” for God. Understanding the blessings of a heart that fears God and the lack of blessings when we hang onto a spirit of fear is something that every Christian should embrace. Studying God’s word helps us to learn that fear is not always a bad thing.

Looking for some other Bible topics?

Take a look at these other similar type articles:

  • Bible Verses About Anxiety Also written by Pamela Rose Williams, this one is very closely related to the topic of fear, go check it out to see if you can see some differences
  • 20 Comforting Bible Verses for Grief Fear often comes at the time of grief, perhaps there are some verses in this article that will be comforting to you
  • Bible Verses About Joy There is never a bad time to focus on what the Bible has to say about joy. You might enjoy this one

Sources:

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version

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[1] Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary

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Jack January 30, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Well balanced choice Pam of Scriptures. I believe reading these will increase my faith and trust in God because my flesh tends to look at things rather than look at the All-Powerful and All-Mighty Invisible God.

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Pam January 30, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Thank you Jack, As the Lord would have it, this is the subject that came up on my list of things to write about on the day that my hubby had a little surgery. The surgery went well and I praise God for keeping me from the “spirit of fear” as I looked to our Great Physician for comfort and peace. All glory to God for that!

I claimed this Scripture on that day: Psalms 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

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Susie January 30, 2012 at 10:52 pm

I often cannot understand why I must fear God. I dont want to be afraid of Him. He has blessed us all with His son, our Saviour and our only hope of redemption and salvation. I tell myself that as a christian, I need to fear Him, but im not sure exactly why or how.

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Pam January 31, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Hi Susie,

You are not the only one who might be confused about what does it mean to fear God. Truly the Bible explains itself but sometimes it is helpful to have tools for study as well. Let’s study out one of the small verses I used above:

1 Peter 2:17 Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.

Peter is using “Fear God” along with the words “love” and “honor”. So first of all you should ask yourself the question “what does fear have to do with love and honor”, else this verse makes no sense whatsoever. This is a good example from the Bible of where the English translation from the Greek needs a little more explanation.

You might recall in my opening paragraph I said that the Bible uses 4 different Greek words in the New Testament for fear, so to understand the true meaning of “fear God”, as used by Peter here we need to look at the original word in the Greek, which was “fobevw”, translated to “Phobeo”, translated to “fear”. In this case the word is best defined as “to reverence, venerate, to treat with deference or reverential obedience”.

So to “fear God” means to “reverence God”. Now when you look at that verse again, it makes sense! Please know that you do not need to know Greek to understand the Bible. I used tools for my response to you today. I suggest you use some tools too when you are studying the Bible. The first tool you should have is a concordance. Many Bibles have a small concordance in the back — it is much like a dictionary. A larger concordance associates a number for each word in its original language (Hebrew for Old Testament and Greek for New Testament). So in this case I looked in my concordance and found that the word “fear” as used by Peter is “5401″, then I was able to look up the original Greek word and see the definition.

I like the Strong’s concordance the best, and I found this one built into an online tool called an Interlinear Bible. I put a link on our Resources Page here: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/resources/ I just plugged in the verse and it gave me information about the original words, then I clicked on the words to see the meanings.

I hope this is helpful to you Susie. Long story — short — Simply love, honor and obey God and you will be living in the Fear of God. Thanks for visiting and leaving your comment here at WCWTK. Come back soon!

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Cassandra Respers September 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Susie, when the bible talks about fearing the Lord it is talking about having a reverence for Him and wanting to obey His will. It is not talking about a physical fear, like you would be afraid of the dark or something like that. Read 2Timothy 1:7. Get you a good study bible so that you can get understanding of the verse, or a bible commentary. Be blessed.

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Sancia Rankine July 26, 2012 at 2:48 pm

thank you Pam for those encouraging words. you really lifted my spirit. keep pressing on the christian path way.

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JOSHUA MAHIGI August 4, 2012 at 6:58 am

It’s absolute truth that fear is a killer for time: It creates spirit of delay and enhances stagnation since it confines one on one spot while others advance.

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felicia January 2, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Faith comes by hearing and by hearing of the Word of God- Romans 10:17, For me when Im not reading the scriptures, or praying, or listening to, or watching things that are for edification, then at times I lose the sense of fearing Jehovah God, as not being as grateful, not seeking Him as much, increased confusion without a relationship/ fellowship with Christ Jesus, lacking faith and trust in the Lord, lacking inner peace, fear of death , having more pride, focusing on more worldly things to fill the voids of love, happiness, being content, unstable peace. When I lack a constant edification then Im not sowing in the spirit, therefore Im not reaping those things that Lord gives us according to His Word. What may look on the outside physical sense as stagnation, is really you being quick to hear, and slow to speak, also self evaluating, not trying to line the scriptures with your life, but praying He will help you line your life and beliefs with His will according to His Word. Im a living witness to this, not that Im perfected, Im still learning, but as Isaiah 28:10 – For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, line unto line, line unto line, there a little, and there a little. The Lord has allowed me to be myself, making mistakes, at times I knew, many times not knowing, but then without me forseeing, through Christ Jesus he will show me my thoughts in the scriptures then what His thoughts are of what I did wrong, thats how He is teaching me, no one else knows exactly what you do, or your every move, or your inner thoughts and heart, but God, and through Christ Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith we are being renewed inwardly day by day. Your inward advancement is far above gold, and rubies, walking with the Lord Jesus will not only benefit a peace on earth, but also hoping for his coming and eternal life, a blessed reward through Jesus Christ precious blood, this advancement will help us focus on the approval and praise of God rather than men, and the witness of God is greater. Psalms 51:all – Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Psalms 19: all -Keep thy servant also from presumptuous sins, let them not have dominion over me, so shall I be upright and made clean from the great transgressions.

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Ajayi kayode August 5, 2012 at 11:23 am

Thank you for the word of God,now you have let me know the detail of fear.

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Timon64 August 5, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Thank you Pam and company for this great lesson about Fear. I now truly realize that with God on your side there is truly nothing to to be scared of or to worry about because if you always fear(have faith in) him, he will always have your back. Just knowing that is such a relief and a blessing, especially in such an unstable and dangerous world like this one. Thank you Pam and may the lord be with you in future projects ^_^

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felicia January 1, 2013 at 5:01 pm

There is this website http://www.feargod.net/verses.php , and there is over 100 scriptures in reference to fear God. Our God Jehovah, he is a God of lovingkindness, forgiveness, righteousness, and judgment. God is loving and merciful full of grace, and that lead me to repentance. Christ Jesus paid a painful price with his precious blood for my many most aweful sins, and the whole world, and I was born into death, and also serving sin, on my way to eternal death. Judgment of God , Psalms 103 says and is true for my life, He has not rewarded us according to our iniquities. Luke 12:5, fear him who has the power to cast into hell. So yes, part of my fearing God does fear his judgment, because he is righteous, his ways and thoughts are not like ours, I know that I am not perfected, but to keep pressing toward the mark, Philipians 3:12. Fearing God for me also relates to, wow, the Lord has been so good to me, Im thankful, and I feel bad ( judging myself) when Im doing things that Im aware of, through his chastisement, love, mercy, and teachings, are not pleasing in his sight, then my heart condemns me, 1 John ch. 3, but if my heart does not condemn me I have confidence toward God, 1 John ch. 3. Philipians 4:7, And the peace of God which passeth all understanding shall preserve your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

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