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An attitude of anxiety or distress, caused by concern over a threat to one’s future. Scripture provides numerous examples of situations in which fear is experienced. It declares, however, that God alone is to be feared, and moments of human fear can be opportunities for deepening faith in him.

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Reverent fear of God commended

Proverbs 1:7 NASB95
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.
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Fear of natural phenomena

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Fear as an opportunity for faith

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Fear of the unnatural

Fear of the unnatural

Fear of thoughts and visions

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Fear of the unknown or the abnormal

See also ; The radiance of Moses’ face reflected God’s glory and made the Israelites afraid; ; ; ; ; Belshazzar’s fear at the writing on the wall; ; the fear of the disciples at the transfiguration; ; ; ; ; ; Fear seized the people when the Gerasene demoniac was healed; ; ;

Fear of embarrassment or shame

Genesis 3:10 NASB95
He said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.”
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Fear of the future

Jeremiah 51:46 NASB95
“Now so that your heart does not grow faint, And you are not afraid at the report that will be heard in the land— For the report will come one year, And after that another report in another year, And violence will be in the land With ruler against ruler—
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Fear of persecution

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Fear of death

Hebrews 2:14–15 NASB95
Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.
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Fear of people

Of enemies

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Of one’s own family

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Of particular people

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Of human beings in general

Proverbs 29:25 NASB95
The fear of man brings a snare, But he who trusts in the Lord will be exalted.
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Fear of judgment

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Fear as a deterrent

Romans 13:4 NASB95
for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.
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