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Should We Fear God?
Leviticus 25:17 Ye shall not therefore oppress one another; but thou shalt fear thy God: for I am the Lord your God. (KJV)
II Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
I John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
Here we actually have three different words, each with different meanings, translated as 'fear'. In the Leviticus passage we have the Hebrew 'Yare' (Strong's #3372), which means 'to revere'. The 2 Timothy passage uses the Greek 'Deilia' (Strong's #1167) which means 'cowardice or timidity'. The 1 John passage uses the word 'phobos' (Strong's #5401), which is the root of the English word 'phobia', and is the only one of the three truly referring to fear as we understand it. Not a contradiction.
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