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What does the Bible say about the “Fear of the Lord”?

Clay Harrington | June 29, 2022

Verses from the book of Proverbs 

As we take a journey through this Unleashed Message Series we have the opportunity grow in our understanding and fear of the Lord. We thought it would be helpful to collect all of the “fear of the Lord” passages from the book of Proverbs (where this theme appears most). 

As you read through these scriptures, spend time on each one. Think about one of the verses while you’re driving, or doing the dishes, or just taking a walk. Meditate, journal, pray or simply ask God to reveal more as we lean into more of the fear of the Lord together.  

Proverbs 1:7 
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:28-29
Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me, since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord.

Proverbs 2:1-5
My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.

Proverbs 3:7
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.

Proverbs 8:13
To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.

Proverbs 9:10
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Proverbs 10:27
The fear of the Lord adds length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short.

Proverbs 14:2
Whoever fears the Lord walks uprightly, but those who despise him are devious in their ways.

Proverbs 14:26
The wise fear the Lord and shun evil, but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure.

Proverbs 14:27
The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death.

Proverbs 15:33
Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil.

Proverbs 16:6
Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the Lord evil is avoided.

Proverbs 19:23
The fear of the Lord leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble.

Proverbs 22:4
Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life.

Proverbs 23:17
Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord.

Proverbs 24:21
Fear the Lord and the king, my son, and do not join with rebellious officials,

Proverbs 31:30
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

*All translations in NIV

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