Torrey - Fear, Godly

(Compiled by R.A.Torrey)

God is the object of

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

God is the author of

kjv@Jeremiah:32:39-40 @ And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them: And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.

Searching the Scriptures gives the understanding of

kjv@Proverbs:2:3-5 @ Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

Described as: Hatred of evil

kjv@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.

Described as: Wisdom

kjv@Job:28:28 @ And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

kjv@Psalms:111:10 @ The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

Described as: A treasure to saints

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

kjv@Isaiah:33:6 @ And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the LORD is his treasure.

Described as: A fountain of life

kjv@Proverbs:14:27 @ The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

Described as: Sanctifying

kjv@Psalms:19:9 @ The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

Described as: Filial and reverential

kjv@Hebrews:12:9 @ Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?

kjv@Hebrews:12:28 @ Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:

Commanded

kjv@Deuteronomy:13:4 @ Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.

kjv@Psalms:22:23 @ Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.

kjv@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.

kjv@1Peter:2:17 @ Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

Motives to: The holiness of God

kjv@Revelation:15:4 @ Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.

Motives to: The greatness of God

kjv@Deuteronomy:10:12 @ And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,

kjv@Deuteronomy:10:17 @ For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward:

Motives to: The goodness of God

kjv@1Samuel:12:24 @ Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.

Motives to: The forgiveness of God

kjv@Psalms:130:4 @ But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.

Motives to: Wondrous works of God

kjv@Joshua:4:23-24 @ For the LORD your God dried up the waters of Jordan from before you, until ye were passed over, as the LORD your God did to the Red sea, which he dried up from before us, until we were gone over: 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.

Motives to: Judgments of God

kjv@Revelation:14:7 @ Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

A characteristic of saints

kjv@Malachi:3:16 @ Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.

Should accompany the joy of saints

kjv@Psalms:2:11 @ Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

Necessary to: The worship of God

kjv@Psalms:5:7 @ But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.

kjv@Psalms:89:7 @ God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him.

Necessary to: The service of God

kjv@Psalms:2:11 @ Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

kjv@Hebrews:12:28 @ Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:

Necessary to: Avoiding of sin

kjv@Exodus:20:20 @ And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.

Necessary to: Righteous government

kjv@2Samuel:23:3 @ The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.

Necessary to: Impartial administration of justice

kjv@2Chronicles:19:6-9 @ And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment. Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts. Moreover in Jerusalem did Jehoshaphat set of the Levites, and of the priests, and of the chief of the fathers of Israel, for the judgment of the LORD, and for controversies, when they returned to Jerusalem. And he charged them, saying, Thus shall ye do in the fear of the LORD, faithfully, and with a perfect heart.

Necessary to: Perfecting holiness

kjv@2Corinthians:7:1 @ 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.

Those who have: Afford pleasure to God

kjv@Psalms:147:11 @ The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.

Those who have: Are pitied by God

kjv@Psalms:103:13 @ Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.

Those who have: Are accepted of God

kjv@Acts:10:35 @ But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

Those who have: Receive mercy from God

kjv@Psalms:103:11 @ For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

kjv@Psalms:103:17 @ But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;

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

Those who have: Are blessed

kjv@Psalms:112:1 @ Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.

kjv@Psalms:115:13 @ He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great.

Those who have: Confide in God

kjv@Psalms:115:11 @ Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.

kjv@Proverbs:14:26 @ In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.

Those who have: Depart from evil

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

Those who have: Converse together of holy things

kjv@Malachi:3:16 @ Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.

Those who have: Should not fear man

kjv@Isaiah:8:12-13 @ Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid. Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.

kjv@Matthew:10:28 @ And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Those who have: Desires of, fulfilled by God

kjv@Psalms:145:19 @ He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.

Those who have: Days of, prolonged

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

Should be: Prayed for

kjv@Psalms:86:11 @ Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.

Should be: Exhibited in our callings

kjv@Colossians:3:22 @ Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:

Should be: Exhibited in giving a reason for our hope

kjv@1Peter:3:15 @ But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

Should be: Constantly maintained

kjv@Deuteronomy:14:23 @ And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always.

kjv@Joshua:4:24 @ 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.

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

Should be: Taught to others

kjv@Psalms:34:11 @ Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

Advantages of

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

kjv@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.

kjv@Ecclesiastes:8:12-13 @ Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him: But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God.

The wicked destitute of

kjv@Psalms:36:1 @ The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes.

kjv@Proverbs:1:29 @ For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:

kjv@Jeremiah:2:19 @ Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.

kjv@Romans:3:18 @ There is no fear of God before their eyes.

Exemplified: Abraham

kjv@Genesis:22:12 @ And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.

Exemplified: Joseph

kjv@Genesis:39:9 @ There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?

kjv@Genesis:42:18 @ And Joseph said unto them the third day, This do, and live; for I fear God:

Exemplified: Obadiah

kjv@1Kings:18:12 @ And it shall come to pass, as soon as I am gone from thee, that the Spirit of the LORD shall carry thee whither I know not; and so when I come and tell Ahab, and he cannot find thee, he shall slay me: but I thy servant fear the LORD from my youth.

Exemplified: Nehemiah

kjv@Nehemiah:5:15 @ But the former governors that had been before me were chargeable unto the people, and had taken of them bread and wine, beside forty shekels of silver; yea, even their servants bare rule over the people: but so did not I, because of the fear of God.

Exemplified: Job

kjv@Job:1:1 @ There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

kjv@Job:1:8 @ And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?

Exemplified: Christians

kjv@Acts:9:31 @ Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.

Exemplified: Cornelius

kjv@Acts:10:2 @ A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.

Exemplified: Noah

kjv@Hebrews:11:7 @ By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.


(See also dict:torrey Fear, Unholy )

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