A selection of verses showing that we should have reverential fear of God:
Moses tells the early Israelites what fearing God means:
20 You shall fear the LORD your God. You shall serve him. You shall cling to him, and you shall swear by his name.
Both Job and the psalmist tell us that the fear of God is the basis of wisdom:
28 To man he said,
‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom.
To depart from evil is understanding.’ ”
10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.
All those who do his work have a good understanding.
His praise endures forever!
Fearing God pleases him and encourages us to see his love for us:
11 The LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him,
in those who hope in his loving kindness.
Fear of the LORD should affect our lives:
13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil.
I hate pride, arrogance, the evil way, and the perverse mouth.
13 This is the end of the matter. All has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man. 14 For God will bring every work into judgement, with every hidden thing, whether it is good, or whether it is evil.
The apostle Peter reminds his readers that they should fear God:
17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.