v. — to be afraid or feel anxious or apprehensive about a situation or event.
And he replied, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid because I am naked, so I hid myself.”
Genesis 3:10, LEB
God, whose word I praise, God I trust; I do not fear. What can mere flesh do to me?
The Scriptures frequently talk about “fearing” the Lord. This often refers to a “respect” for God. In the Bible Sense Lexicon, we explain this difference with such senses as “fear (reverence)” and “to fear (dread).” While many passages talk about reverencing God, some passages also talk about fearing (dreading) God. We see an example of this in Genesis 3:10, where Adam speaks of hearing God in the garden and being afraid. And in Psalm 56:4, the psalmist doesn’t mean that he lacks fear (reverence) for God; rather, he affirms his trust in God so that he doesn’t have to fear (dread) others. With traditional translations like “fear” for “reverence,” the Bible Sense Lexicon can be a helpful tool for finding the correct sense. It can also show you what sense is being used in a given context.
What is the Bible Sense Lexicon?
Sense of the Day is based on content from Logos’ Bible Sense Lexicon, which organizes biblical Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek words by meaning based on a variety of semantic relationships. Sense of the Day provides examples of senses in context, along with insight into their application for theology and interpretation.
The Bible Sense Lexicon is a Logos dataset available in Logos 5 Gold and higher base packages. If you’re enrolled in the Logos Academic Discount Program, you can also find the Bible Sense Lexicon in the Biblical Languages base package. Take your studies even further by exploring semantic domains, engaging the biblical text like never before.
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