In the fear of the Lord

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The awe of Lord Jehovah is strong in hope and he will be a protector to his children.

Jubilee Bible 2000
In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence, and there his sons shall have hope.

Douay-Rheims Bible
In the fear of the Lord is confidence of strength, and there shall be hope for his children.

The verses quoted above are the only translations where they took the words from Proverbs 14:26 and saw that the best word to describe “confidence” or “refuge” – was hope.

Those are good translations for even the Septuagint translates as, “In the fear of the Lord is hope of strength.”

The common element though that produces hope is the fear of the Lord.  True godliness, real faith, love, holiness, and grace are other fruits of a healthy fear of God. The fear of God puts a more tender, touching and intimate meaning to our relationship with Him.  Many of us walk around with an air of presumption or entitlement – but the fear of the Lord is more along the lines of healthy relationship with a child and father — the child has an admiration of his character, always deferring to him when in his presence, will not intrude upon his prerogative, a does what can be done to avoid displeasing him.

In the big picture of life, the one who chooses to fear the Lord can be assured of great blessings in their life.  Peace, joy, hope, security, fulfilled promises of God, and walking in the very presence of God are just a few of the many ways God finds to honour us and to give us abundant life. It is the greatest way to live life.

In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence, and one’s children will have a refuge. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, so that one may avoid the snares of death. – Proverbs 14:26-27



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