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King James Dictionary


FEAR, n. See the Verb.

1. A painful emotion or passion excited by an expectation of evil, or the apprehension of impending danger. Fear expresses less apprehension than dread, and dread less than terror and fright. The force of this passion, beginning with the most moderate degree, may be thus expressed, fear, dread, terror, fright. Fear is accompanied with a desire to avoid or ward off the expected evil. Fear is an uneasiness of mind, upon the thought of future evil likely to befall us.

Fear is the passion of our nature which excites us to provide for our security, on the approach of evil.

2. Anxiety solicitude.

The principal fear was for the holy temple.

3. The cause of fear.

Thy angel becomes a fear.

4. The object of fear.

Except the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had been with me. Genesis 31 .

5. Something set or hung up to terrify wild animals, by its color or noise. Isaiah 24 . Jeremiah 48 .
6. In scripture, fear is used to express a filial or a slavish passion. In good men, the fear of God is a holy awe or reverence of God and his laws, which springs from a just view and real love of the divine character, leading the subjects of it to hate and shun every thing that can offend such a holy being, and inclining them to aim at perfect obedience. This is filial fear.

I will put my fear in their hearts. Jeremiah 32 .

Slavish fear is the effect or consequence of guilt it is the painful apprehension of merited punishment. Romans 8 .

The love of God casteth out fear. 1 John 4 .

7. The worship of God.

I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Psalms 34 .

8. The law and word of God.

The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever. Psalms 19 .

9. Reverence respect due regard.

Render to all their dues fear to whom fear. Romans 13 .

FEAR, L. vereor.

1. To feel a painful apprehension of some impending evil to be afraid of to consider or expect with emotions of alarm or solicitude. We fear the approach of an enemy or of a storm. We have reason to fear the punishment of our sins.

I will fear no evil, for thou art with me. Psalms 23 .

2. To reverence to have a reverential awe to venerate.

This do, and live: for I fear God. Genesis 42 .

3. To affright to terrify to drive away or prevent approach by fear, or by a scarecrow. This seems to be the primary meaning, but now obsolete.

We must not make a scarecrow of the law, setting it up to fear the birds of prey.

FEAR, To be in apprehension of evil to be afraid to feel anxiety on account of some expected evil.

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtility, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 2 Corinthians 11 .

Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. Gen. 15.

FEAR, n. A companion. Not in use. See Peer.

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The unabridged 1828 version of this dictionary in the SwordSearcher Bible Software.

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