What Does the Bible Say About Fear of the Lord? With Scripture


Lord’s Library editors answer the question “What does the Bible say about fear of the Lord?” with specific Bible references.

Have you ever asked yourself the question “What does the Bible say about fear of the Lord?” If you have, you’re definitely not alone! And since the Bible helps Christians form a foundational understanding of important topics, it’s imperative that one know how Scripture describes fear of the Lord in different contexts.

Now armed with a basic definition of fear of the Lord, Lord’s Library editors thought it would be a helpful exercise to provide Biblical context. As a result, we compiled this short resource which captures all notable mentions of the phrase fear of the Lord, as well as its other forms. If you’ve been wondering what the King James Bible says about fear of the Lord, scroll on for additional detail.

Note: If you want to know what the Bible says about fear of the Lord and 206 other important topics (to be exact), our editors recommend Spencer Smith’s Doctrine Matters: Bible Topic Guidebook.

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What Does the Bible Say About Fear of the Lord?

Psalm 2:11

“Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.”

Psalm 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.”

Psalm 19:9

“The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.”

Psalm 31:19

Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!”

Psalm 33:8

“Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.”

Psalm 34:9

“O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.”

Psalm 60:4

“Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.”

Psalm 86:11

“Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.”

Psalm 96:9

“O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.”

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Tim is the Founder of Lord's Library. He believes the Bible commands us to minister "as of the ability which God giveth" (1 Peter 4:11). Tim aspires to be as The Lord's mouth by "taking forth the precious from the vile" (Jeremiah 15:19) and witnessing The Gospel of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15: 1-4) to the whole world.

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