Easton's Bible Dictionary: M. G. Easton, M.A., D.D.

Fear of the Lord the

Is in the Old Testament used as a designation of true piety (Pr. 1:7; Job 28:28; Ps. 19:9). It is a fear conjoined with love and hope, and is therefore not a slavish dread, but rather filial reverence. (Comp. Dt. 32:6; Hos. 11:1; Isa. 1:2, 63:16, 64:8.) God is called "the Fear of Isaac" (Gen. 31:42, 53), i.e., the God whom Isaac feared.

A holy fear is enjoined also in the New Testament as a preventive of carelessness in religion, and as an incentive to penitence (Mt. 10:28; 2 Cor. 5:11, 7:1; Phil. 2:12; Eph. 5:21; Heb. 12:28,29).

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