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What To Do When You're Afraid: 38 Verses about Fear

By Hannah Brzozowski


The word "fear" shows up about 330 times in the Bible (at least in the NLT version). The phrase "Do not be afraid" shows up 44 times. The phrase "Fear not" comes to a grand total of 53 times.


It's fair to say that the writers of the Bible knew something about human beings. We get scared a lot.


Well today, I've compiled a list of 38 verses about fear for you to meditate on. Why? Because when we're scared, it's important to think about truth (see Philippians 4:8-9) and in my opinion, there's no greater truth, than the Word of God.


Exodus 14:14 The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.


Deuteronomy 3:22

Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you.


Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.


Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.


Psalm 23:4

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.


Psalm 27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?


Psalm 46:1

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.


Proverbs 29:25

Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.


Psalm 34:4

I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears


Psalm 34:7

The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.


Psalm 55:22-23 Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. But you, O God, will cast them down into the pit of destruction; men of blood and treachery shall not live out half their days. But I will trust in you.


Psalm 56:3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.


Psalm 94:19 When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.


Psalm 118:6-7

The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? The Lord is with me; he is my helper.


Proverbs 12:25

An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.


Proverbs 29:25

The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.


Isaiah 26:3 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.


Isaiah 35:4 Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.”


Isaiah 41:10

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.


Isaiah 41:13-14

For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Do not be afraid, for I myself will help you,' declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.


Isaiah 43:1 But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.


Zephaniah 3:17

The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.


Matthew 6:25-34 Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God[a] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.


Mark 4:39-40

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?"


Mark 5:36

Jesus told him, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe.’


Mark 6:50

Immediately he spoke to them and said, 'Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.'


Luke 10:19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.


Luke 12:22-26

Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?


John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.


Romans 8:31-39 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.


2 Timothy 1:7

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.


Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.


1 Peter 3:14

But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats.”


1 Peter 5:6-7

Humble yourselves, then, under God’s mighty hand, so that he will lift you up in his own good time. Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you.


Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


1 John 4:18

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.


Revelation 1:17

Then he placed his right hand on me and said: 'Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.'


 

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